BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PG Dip Professional Health & Social Care (Housing)
- Housing & Adaptations
- Physical Disability including CFS
- Dementia & Elderly Care
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 and have specialised in the field of adult physical disability. My clinical experience includes dementia, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic cardiac conditions, rheumatology, trauma and orthopaedics, cancer, diabetes and various neurological conditions.
In 2016, I began working as an independent occupational therapist. My independent practice has given me the opportunity to support clients following traumatic injuries including orthopaedic injuries and traumatic brain injuries. I use goal setting to enable my clients to be as independent as possible and I work closely with clients, carers and family members to offer my expertise and deliver the best possible outcome. I look at how my clients previously and currently live their lives in terms of their goals, routines and dependencies and review the current or likely future physical environment and assess the clients' previous, current and likely future level of physical and cognitive abilities and restrictions. Following thorough assessment, I make recommendations to the case manager to reduce physical barriers and maximise my client independence and safety, which are not restricted by the strict budgetary and criteria constraints with statutory services.
Within my independent practice, I have gained significant experience in social care assessment, advising various local authorities on the implementation of care packages for clients living in the community, including direct payments, home care packages, day care, sitting services and long-term care including residential or nursing home placements.
Through independent practice, I have gained skills in delivering specific programmes including fatigue management, vocational rehabilitation, pain management and bespoke specialist rehabilitation. I work with various charities including the Royal British Legion and the RAF Benevolent Fund providing functional assessments for veterans and advising on seating, beds and electric powered vehicles.
I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.