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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2004 and had already decided that I wanted to specialise in the field of paediatrics. Within my first post as a rotational OT, I undertook rotations in adult settings, including acute Neurology, Orthopaedics and a community based Intermediate Care. I also undertook a Paediatric rotation, visiting children in special schools and developed skills in administering standardised tests and assessing specialist seating needs.
In my subsequent position I took on leadership roles including the lead for pre-school children with highly complex physical and/or social needs (many with safe guarding issues), with varying diagnoses such as cerebral palsy (quadriplegia, diplegia, hemiplegia), Retts, and genetic conditions. I was also the lead for the upper limb pathway where I independently measured for dynamic orthotics (glove, gauntlet and sleeves) and made be-spoke hand splints for children, aged 0 – 19 years with neuromuscular conditions, Erb’s palsy, hyper-mobility and biomechanical deformities.
During my career, I have developed an interest and specialist clinical knowledge in the assessment and treatment of children with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. I have experience in addressing both activity participation/inclusion, minor home adaptations and equipment needs. I have an interest in enabling and empowering the families of the children I treat, to have a role in therapy decision making and delivery, and I am completing training on The Family Partnership Model at Kings Hospital to enhance my practice. In 2011, I completed Bobath training in the assessment and management of children with neurological conditions, and in 2015 I completed training on manual handling.
I currently work independently in the community, where I carry out a wide range of services; this includes treatment planning to develop play, toileting and dressing skills, assessment and provision of equipment/adaptations and preparation of SEN reports. I also have specific training in assessing for specialist seating which helps meet the 24hr postural care needs of my clients.
I have experience of working in a variety of settings including children’s own homes, schools, nursery, acute hospitals and care homes; and work alongside other professionals to meet the needs of children with complex needs.
I am actively involved in regular CPD activities and supervision. I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Children & Young People and Independent Practice specialist sections.
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.