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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1996 from Oxford Brookes University. Prior to this I worked as a secretary in a variety of administration roles and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities which inspired me to train as an Occupational Therapist. Since qualifying I have worked for the NHS in a variety of acute hospital, rehabilitation and community settings.
I have expertise in working with clients who have a wide range of acute and longer term conditions including a variety of medical and surgical conditions, stroke and other neurological conditions, respiratory, orthopaedic and cardiac conditions. My experience includes working with clients with progressive and life-limiting conditions and with those in the palliative or terminal stages of an illness.
I have particular expertise in working with older people with complex presentations due to multiple conditions that often include dementia or other cognitive impairment. These patients often had complex social situations that impacted on their individual level of function, safety and independence in everyday activities. I am experienced in carrying out assessments to identify rehabilitation, care and equipment needs whether in planning for hospital discharge or in community based assessment.
For many years I have managed and supervised Occupational Therapists and more recently have been involved in the supervision of other health professionals involved in Intermediate Care rehabilitation. I have also been involved in educating and training Occupational Therapists, students, other health professionals and carers.
My most recent post involved working for intermediate care and the community emergency response team. This role involved working closely with other health professionals (nurses and physiotherapists), GPs, social services and the wider community support agencies. In the last three years of this post I worked alongside the district nursing service supporting the community matron and local hospice at home team, providing timely occupational therapy input to support people to remain in their own homes. I resigned from this position to pursue independent practice and new challenges.
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.