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BSc Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2006, graduating with a First Class honours degree. Since then I have worked in a variety of clinical settings and I have treated people of all ages with a range of conditions in the areas of trauma, orthopaedics, amputations, cardiology, neurology, medical, surgical and chronic fatigue syndrome. Having worked on general medicine and elderly medicine wards for a number years I have provided occupational therapy interventions for patients who have had stomas in situ. Some of these have been long-term, some of them short term.
I have a wide knowledge base and a thorough understanding of the effects of pain, illness and disability on the quality of life.
I previously worked for the NHS as Lead Occupational Therapist for the Elderly Medicine team at the Royal Derby Hospital. My role involved leading the team towards achieving excellence in elderly related occupational therapy intervention. This frequently included treating patients with brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, sight and hearing impairments, respiratory conditions and diabetes and endocrinology. Other areas of expertise within my NHS role included falls management and prevention, recommendation of packages of care and rehabilitation packages and living well with Dementia. As a Manual Handling Key Trainer for the Trust, I provided regular training sessions to staff ensuring high standards of manual handling skills were maintained.
In addition, I undertake work on private basis for clients who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries such as orthopaedic injuries, traumatic brain injuries or crush injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, medical negligence or accidents in the workplace. I have prepared a large number of reports for private clients to date, including recommendations for major adaptations, equipment assessments, work place assessments and ongoing rehabilitation packages to maximise client’s return to independence and inclusion in pre-injury activities.
I am conversant with Idapt planning drawings and specifications. I have strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to plan and manage work to meet the highest quality standards within demanding timescales. I am experienced in the preparation of clear, well reasoned and comprehensive reports drawing on a wealth of experience both within the NHS and as a private practitioner.
I consistently receive excellent feedback from the companies I work with and am passionate about achieving and maintaining high standards in all aspects of my professional role. 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.
2004 - 2006, BSc Occupational Therapy, University of Derby