Richard Chana

Richard Chana

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

MSc Clinical Research Methods, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • Elderly Care
  • Dementia
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Medicine/Surgery
  • Sensory Impairment

Introduction

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. During my career I have gained experience in providing rehabilitation to adults and elderly clients in a community setting, both in their own homes and in Community Care Beds.

I currently lead a team of therapists within a community care bed setting, promoting a high quality client centered service. Common conditions I regularly assess and treat clients for include bone fractures, recovery from surgery, falls, acute infections, cerebrovascular accident/Stroke, general deterioration (physical and/or cognitive), arthritic conditions, and exacerbations of co-morbid conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

I also have experience of treating clients with amputations and more complex neurological problems. In addition, I now assess clients' longer term care needs at a Dementia care unit and apply for packages of care to suit their needs. This can involve conducting mental capacity assessments and making best interest decisions.

I have significant experience of assessing for equipment to facilitate clients to maintain a level of independence at home. I am proficient in conducting complex moving and handling assessments; and assessing for equipment to enable clients to be cared for at home, or in a residential setting. Additionally, I also provide expert advice, support and guidance on casework to less experienced team members, both registered and unregistered.

In addition, I have experience of conducting Employment Support Allowance assessments for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). This process involved gathering, reviewing, and analysing large amounts of data to develop a concise, robust, and comprehensive report to enable a decision maker at the DWP to make informed decisions regarding each claim.

I have completed an MSc in Clinical Research Methods, which provided me with an in-depth understanding of the processes and techniques involved in clinical research. Following this, I worked in a research setting investigating the feasibility of using a routine screening tool in care homes.

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 Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.