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I qualified in 1989 and have worked as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of locations; initially for 16 years in the NHS, where I worked in both physical and mental health settings, then for 11 years within adult social care, resulting in an excellent knowledge of both equipment and adaptations that can enable people with physical and sensory impairments to live more safely and independently at home. In both the NHS and in Social Services I have worked as both an occupational therapy clinician, and a practice supervisor.
Since the end of 2016 I have worked as an Independent Occupational Therapist, continuing to specialise in equipment and adaptations, and also providing training and educational talks to community groups.
Since 2017, I have been an Associate Occupational Therapy Expert Witness with Somek and Associates, and I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process, and I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.
I maintain a high level of professional development and supervision, regularly attending conferences and workshops to enhance my clinical practice. I am fully registered with the College of Occupational Therapists, and the Health & Care Professions Council, and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Housing, and of the Posture and Mobility Group.