Claire Forsyth
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      • Occupational Therapist & Care Expert
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    Claire Forsyth

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    MSc Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Upper and lower limb Amputation (adults & paediatrics)
    • Prosthetic Rehabilitation
    • Orthopaedics

    Introduction

    I gained my Masters with distinction in Occupational Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University. Since qualifying I have worked in a range of healthcare settings. Since 2009 I have specialised in the area of amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation, working within a variety of clinical areas including acute surgical, in-patient rehabilitation and prosthetic rehabilitation. 
     
    I am currently employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as the Lead Occupational Therapist for the Major Trauma Service. I work with individuals who have suffered a life changing injury or multiple injuries, for example following high speed vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, high falls, explosions and severe knife and gunshot wounds. I provide occupational therapy assessment and intervention to individuals following admission to the intensive care unit or the Major Trauma Ward. Clients present with often complex and multiple injuries and disabilities, for example amputations, complex and multiple fractures, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
     
    Prior to this I worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, as the occupational therapy lead for the amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation service. I treated adults and children with upper, lower and multiple limb amputations, the majority of which were due to orthopaedic, traumatic, oncology and congenital aetiologies. This included high level amputations such as transpelvic and forequarter levels.
     
    Prior to this position I was employed as the clinical lead for amputee rehabilitation at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh. The majority of my inpatient caseload were individuals who had undergone a lower limb amputation/s due to diabetes and vascular disease.  I also carried out upper limb prosthetic rehabilitation for both adults and children in the outpatient prosthetic rehabilitation centre.
     
    In addition to my clinical work I previously taught annually on the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine course in Advanced Prosthetics and Amputee Rehabilitation. I provide ad hoc teaching to other hospitals, students and at College of Occupational Therapy study days. I have displayed posters at national conferences and am involved in audit and research within this clinical field.
     
    I am an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists specialist section sub-group for upper and lower limb prosthetics.
     
    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 Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
     

    Professional Education
    MSc Occupational Therapy, Leeds Metropolitan University 2006 – 2008
    BSc Psychology, Newcastle University 2001 - 2004