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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I am an Occupational Therapist, who has been a practising clinician since qualification in 1999. I have extensive experience of working in the field of physical and sensory rehabilitation. I have clinical expertise working within the fields of visual impairment, spinal injuries, amputees and cardiology.
I am currently employed as a senior therapist within a community therapy team in the South West of England. Within this role I provide assessment, clinical interventions and care planning for clients, many of which present with complex long term conditions.
My role includes detailed assessment of function within home and community environments, identification of care needs, assessment and treatment of physical and cognitive impairments and equipment recommendation and provision.
In addition, I have experience of case management consultancy. Within this role I provided assessment, liaison and co-ordination of care and rehabilitation packages for clients with complex neurological presentations.
I have specialist training and clinical interest in visual impairment conditions including glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration and visual field deficits.
I joined Somek and Associates in 2011 and 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.
2009 Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Studies, Derby University
2000 Certificate of Higher Education - Care and Support of the Visually Impaired, University of Plymouth
1999 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, St Loyes School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter