Barbara Franks

Barbara Franks

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Conditions
  • COPD, Fibromyalgia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Mental Health

Introduction

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 from the University of Newcastle at Northumbria and have spent the majority of my career in the field of adult community rehabilitation. I have significant experience in the assessment and treatment of clients who have conditions including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebrovascular Accident, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Falls, joint replacements, Fibromyalgia and Arthritic conditions.
As the lead therapist, I was allocated the more complex cases to assess and treat.
 
My previous roles, prior to this, have been within inpatient settings,  involving the assessment of a wide range of physical health conditions and requiring expertise in time management to facilitate timely discharge planning.  
 
I have developed specialist skills in assessing the client in relation to their physical, cognitive and psycho-social functioning. I have a particular interest in postural management and secured funding for specialist seating where I previously worked.  My skill set includes, but is not limited to: fatigue management; relaxation; anxiety management; environmental assessments and falls prevention. I have an in-depth knowledge of adaptive equipment to maximise the client’s functional abilities.
 
I utilise my skills within the area of postural management to integrate with tissue viability, ensuring a holistic approach to pressure care. I have delivered training in this area, both within and outside the NHS.
 
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 the Civil Procedures Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.