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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2003 from Brunel University. I have always had an interest in complex disability and in the early part of my career, I pursued a variety of locum therapist roles to develop my knowledge. In that time I acquired a significant range of experience working with both children and adults (medicine, surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, stroke rehab, social care) across NHS, Social Services and education settings. This culminated in pursuing further interest in paediatrics. I am now self employed through my own limited company.
I went to New Jersey in 2008 to complete a module in sensory integration theory and have been applying my learning to my clinical practice. Specialising in paediatrics for the last eight years, my current role involves using sensory integration strategies and approaches, administering standardised assessment and direct therapy input to children with complex neuro-disability and life limiting conditions, rare endocrine syndromes, learning disability, developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing difficulties. My work has also included children with visual and hearing impairments.
I have provided services to specialist schools, including consultation and drop in sessions for parents. I devised functional and sensory motor skill programs for children and teach set programs to carers/education providers to promote development.
A prominent part of my role was multidisciplinary working across contexts and composing detailed reports. These are commonly for local authority education panels, Coordinated Support Plans (Scotland), Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and evidence for State benefit decisions including the Disabled Living Allowance.
I enjoy teaching and training and have continued developing my skills in the assessment of specialist equipment and completed advanced manual handling training which I apply in education and home settings, in order to identify the most appropriate equipment and teach safe and dignified manual handling practice. This follows on from my previous role in social services with adults, where I was responsible for providing the mandatory manual handling training of in house and external home care agency staff over a three year period.
I accept instruction 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.