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BSc Occupational Therapy
Spinal Cord Injury, Cauda Equine Syndrome
Since completion of Bachelors in Occupational Therapy in 2003, I have worked in spinal cord injury and neuro-rehabilitation, managing a caseload of stroke, brain injury, and progressive neurological conditions. At present, I am the Service Lead for the Spinal outpatients and outreach team at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville hospital.
I headed the Occupational Therapy department for many years at Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, that specialises in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and complex neurological conditions. Part of my clinical practice involved carrying out multi-disciplinary assessments and providing recommendations for the rehabilitation needs of the clients.
Having widely worked in the management of spinal cord injuries and complex neurological conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic stages, I have a deep understanding of clients’ rehabilitation needs at each stage. Working with patients from different nationalities and culture in the private sector and NHS has enabled me to develop transferable Occupational Therapy skills that I apply creatively. I have previously worked as a case manager in a spinal cord unit, which gave me expertise in planning discharges, co-ordinating care package by liaising with community services and voluntary sectors to reintegrate clients into their community.
I am also a seating specialist trained in posture management in complex disabilities from Oxford Centre of Enablement. I ran the ‘seating-clinic’ for inpatient and outpatient services at Royal Bucks hospital providing advice and recommendations on ‘24 hours’ posture management’ and choosing the right mobility equipment. Besides posture management and seating in complex conditions, I have a particular interest in upper limb and hand rehabilitation. I have experience in hand splinting and soft casting. I am a Bobath trained therapist and apply Bobath techniques, Neuro energising techniques and various modalities of Functional electrical stimulation to restore function in my day to day clinical practice. I am also trained in RTI300 FES bike, Stimwell and use them on a regular basis. I am trained Bioness clinician and a certified SAEBO therapist. I am a trained ‘Therapeutic manual handling train the trainer ’ at Royal Buckinghamshire hospital; I carry out training for the clinical staff along with problem-solving complex manual handling for the inpatients.
I am experienced in using a client-centred approach and clear goal-setting within a range of multidisciplinary teams. I have also developed my skills as an independent occupational therapist in private practice. I have extensive knowledge of specialist adaptive equipment, adaptations need and care and social needs for complex disabilities.
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.