Congratulations to Jessica Thurston, Somek & Associates' Chief Operating Officer and...
PG Dip Occupational Therapy
- Palliative Care & Oncology
- Complex Care
- General Medicine & Surgery
- Elderly Care
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 and have specialised in physical disability including social services, housing, reablement, neurology, care management and palliative care. My current specialism is palliative care where I provide services in community, outpatient and day hospice settings. I have developed specialist knowledge and skills in self-management of symptoms, palliative rehabilitation, falls risk management, non-pharmacological pain control, moving and handling and postural management.
I have maintained a strong emphasis on developing excellent clinical skills in each of the specialisms that I have worked in. I have set up journal clubs in three of my workplaces. I have initiated student training programmes in three workplaces and have supervised 32 clinical placements.
I am a confident speaker and have presented sessions at Naidex and chaired sessions at RCOT conference. I regularly present guest lectures in palliative care for London South Bank University. I have lectured at the national conference of specialist palliative care physiotherapists and at the conference of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland. I have also presented training sessions in palliative care for other professionals in my locality.
My role as regional shop steward representative has given me valuable experience in preparing and presenting cases in formal hearings and producing detailed and comprehensive responses to consultations. I have experience in producing detailed documentary arguments including a successful regrading proposal for local government occupational therapists.
I have represented my profession at national level in a number of roles including a three-year term as a College of Occupational Therapists Council Member, acting as a director and trustee of the organisation with oversight of governance, analysing complex financial and strategic documents and contributing to collective debate and decision-making. I chaired the National RCOT/Unison Panel for 5 years bringing regional representatives together with national officers of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Unison to co-ordinate the industrial relations work plans of both organisations. I am currently on the National Executive Committee of the RCOT specialist section for Oncology and Palliative Care.
I accept instructions 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 the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
1995-97 Queen Mary Westfield, University of London PG Dip Occupational Therapy
1988-1991 Polytechnic of Central London BA (Hons) 2:1 Social Science