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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PG Cert Managing Health and Social Care, Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist having gained a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Degree in 2001. I have also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care and Civil Expert Certificate (Cardiff Law School).
Clinically I have worked in the areas of Acute Stroke Rehabilitation, Neurology, Oncology, Acute Medicine and Surgery, A&E, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Dementia Care and Care of the Elderly, Burns & Plastics, Community Learning Difficulties, Palliative Care, Respiratory and Cardiology Care and Forensic Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. My most recent occupational therapy post was in Essex offering Bank support in the A&E department in 2014. I also offer private occupational therapy assessments.
I have expertise in Anxiety Management, PTSD, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acquired Brain Injury and Vocational Rehabilitation. I have experience in hand therapy and have knowledge and extensive experience of equipment provision and major adaptations. I have worked for an insurance company both in a practical and counselling capacity.
I have worked in case management for over 13 years and have more recently have been a lead case manager in Bristol and managed a team of case managers. I currently offer case management services to children and adults having multiple diagnoses and disability, including Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, life limiting injury and orthopaedic injury.
Throughout my career I have developed my management skills and am experienced in managing service provision, supervision, audit, research and development, staff appraisal, recruitment & selection and student education. I am currently based in Wiltshire and have clients all over the UK. I hold a mixed client group including both Adults and Children with Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Complex PTSD.
I am a specialist in assessing the needs of clients with complex presentation and supporting their family. I have expertise in dealing with both crisis management and ongoing psychological support. This wide range of experience has ensured I am a very competent professional in both assessment and treatment of varying needs and am skilled in the role of case manager and occupational therapist.
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.
2015-2016: Cardiff Law School: Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate
2003: De Montfort University: Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care
1998-2001: University of the West of England: BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1