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Post Graduate Dip in Occupational Therapy, BA (Hons) Journalism
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2007 from the London South Bank University following completion of the postgraduate degree programme marked at masters level. I have subsequently worked within acute physical settings in areas including acute elderly, medical, trauma and orthopaedics, respiratory, surgery, renal, dementia and also with amputees.
My main areas of interest are care of the elderly, trauma and orthopaedics and vascular medicine, specifically lower limb amputation.
I have gained experience of complex manual handling, seating and wheelchair assessment post amputation, planned or traumatic orthopaedic surgery. My work has always involved working holistically with patients and their families in often complex and challenging situations.
In addition, I have also developed significant experience in falls assessment, fatigue management, environmental assessment and adaptations.
I am competent at report writing with a background in journalism and experience of completing complex health care documentation for health funded packages of care as well as complex report writing to help inform short-term and long-term care planning. This is always following client functional and often environmental assessment.
Currently, in my role as a Senior Occupational Therapist on a trauma and orthopaedic ward (both elective and unplanned) I am involved in service development and the supervision of junior staff. I manage my caseload of patients alongside the medical team and other therapists, nursing staff and on discharge I prepare in-depth reports when handing over patients to other services.
I adopt a goal-orientated, practical approach to therapy where intervention is focused on addressing day-to-day difficulties such a dressing, writing, feeding, returning to work, or resuming a valued hobby. As part of my intervention, I am skilled in recommending equipment, adaptations or rehabilitative strategies to help patients achieve a greater level of independence.
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.