BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
- Elderly Care
- General Medicine & Surgery
- Sensory impairment
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.
Following eight years experience as a therapy manager, I am now working back within a clinical role in stroke rehabilitation in an acute setting. I am responsible for providing thorough assessments and treatment plans for patients under my care and I am skilled in complex discharge planning. I complete moving and handling assessments, mental capacity assessments and cognitive screening as well as providing realistic goals within rehabilitation plans.
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)