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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 and I specialise in adults with physical disabilities. I work as an advanced practitioner occupational therapist for the NHS in the field of amputation and lead a team of therapy staff within the outpatient setting, in-reaching into acute hospital wards and rehabilitation settings and visiting people in their own homes. I also provide a service covering all medical and surgical wards and regularly see a range of conditions including cancer, dementia, chronic and acute respiratory and cardiology conditions, liver disease, vascular conditions, rheumatology, orthopaedic conditions, trauma and diabetes. My previous professional roles have provided me with experience of supporting individuals with acute mental health needs.
In 2018, I began working as an independent occupational therapist, providing rehabilitation following physical injury, completing social care assessments and advising local authorities on the implementation of care packages for elderly adults with physical disability and dementia.
I have significant experience in assessing and implementing intervention regarding individuals’ activities of daily living, cognitive function, home environment and social circumstances, in order to maintain or regain independence or access appropriate care, support and equipment.
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.