BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
- Elderly Care
- General Medicine & Surgery
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2003. I commenced my first qualified role as a band 5 Occupational therapist in an acute setting within a rotational post, gaining experience in Health Care of Older People, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Stroke Rehabilitation, Medicine and Surgery and within the Day Hospital. I also have experience of working in A&E.
As a senior clinician, I have worked in the NHS in Stroke Rehabilitation, gaining extensive skills in physical and cognitive disability. Throughout my career I have worked mainly within adult disability and predominantly with the elderly. I am skilled in assessing clients in relation to their physical, cognitive and environmental needs.
I am currently employed as a Site Lead for Therapies which includes the management of both Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. This role requires me to support all staff under my management with complex decision making, including advice on equipment provision and assessments, moving and handling and safeguarding issues to allow for timely, effective and safe discharge planning.
In addition to this role I also undertake work as an independent Occupational Therapist. This work involves community working to prevent hospital admission through providing assessments and advice for clients in their own homes. I have developed further skills in the management of falls, equipment provision and advice for families. I also provide Occupational Therapy intervention within residential homes promoting the ‘Activity’ toolkit to care home managers and implementing the resources. In addition, I provide risk assessments based on moving and handling, mobility, activity and the environment to prevent adverse incidents and to support the residents to remain as safe as possible. I have worked with several residents to rehabilitate them back to living independently either within the residential home or back to their own homes.
Through the course of my work, I have developed a special interest in moving and handling and dementia care. I have recently completed training on the revised Heirarchic dementia scale of which am starting to implement into care homes. I also have an interest in seating and posture.
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.
- Health and Care Professions Council
- British Association of Occupational Therapists
- College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (COTSS-IP)