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BSc Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 and have worked across a number of clinical areas in acute hospital community settings. I have worked across intermediate care, orthopaedics, adult social care, re-enablement and community settings. I currently work for Wirral Borough Council as a highly experienced occupational therapist and I have worked in this role since January 2017. During my time at Wirral Borough Council, I have taken on a variety of different opportunities, including more recently being involved in the development and piloting of a 'moving with dignity' project, which is aimed at reviewing new and old care packages and ensuring that individuals are receiving the correct level of care from care providers. The project is predominantly focused on complex moving and handling, which during my time at Wirral Borough Council has become a significant area of interest for me.
I also carry a caseload that is focused on provision of aids and adaptations. I regularly have to liaise with outside agencies and problem solve to ensure my clients needs are being met, whilst adhering to the government guidelines that are in place regarding equipment and adaptations. I work closely with my Social Work colleagues as well as the re-enablement team, regularly reviewing care packages and making recommendations in line with current government guidance. In both roles I am involved in the assessment and intervention of clients with a range of medical conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, arthritis and general frailty. I also work with clients who have been involved in traumatic injuries and sustained poly traumatic injuries, lower limb amputations and brain injury.
Alongside my work for Wirral Borough Council, I complete a range of independent work. I am an associate for Tx Group and their lead OT overseeing the OT service. I carry a rehabilitation caseload as well as providing supervision to other OTs within the service. I complete a range of OT assessments and reports, including vocational rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation and general OT assessments looking at equipment, aids and adaptations.
I have also completed expert witness work since January 2017. I have completed work for both claimant and defendant as well as being jointly instructed.
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.