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Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
I am an experienced Occupational Therapist who has been a practising clinician since qualification in 1994. I have since gained a broad range of experience both clinically and managerially. My main area of expertise is mental health and vocational rehabilitation. I have significant experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and personality disorders. I also have a wide clinical experience in physical disability including neurology, HIV, orthopaedics, paediatrics and working with upper limb amputees.
I have worked as an independent Occupational Therapist for my own company “Dorset Occupational Therapist” since 2006 working with a range of client groups. I now work solely in this role providing assessments, treatment and specialist reports for clients with a wide range of conditions and needs for medico legal, case management and return to work purposes. I am currently providing assessments for Continuing Healthcare which requires a high degree of assessment skill and detailed and accurate report writing. I also assess clients with physical disabilities recommending equipment and housing adaptations. I provide Occupational Therapy services for Dorset Orthopaedics which is a leading UK company in the provision of prosthetics to amputees of all ages.
I previously worked as Head Occupational Therapist in Mental Health in Dorset for 12 years. In this role I provided leadership for the Occupational Therapy service and developed the vocational service enabling adults with mental health conditions to gain paid work. I also supported those in work to retain their jobs by adapting their environments.
I have lectured at Staffordshire and Bournemouth Universities and have taught at the Recovery Education Centre which is a partnership between Dorset Healthcare Trust and a local mental health charity.
I undertake medico-legal work for Somek and Associates where 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.
1994 Post graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Essex School of Occupational Therapy