MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
- Spinal Cord injury and cauda equina injury
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
I qualified in 2002 as an Occupational Therapist and completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013. I have specialised in the areas of neurology and physical disability - brain injury, spinal injury, trauma, orthopaedics and medical rehabilitation. I work in the NHS and private practice.
Currently I am an advanced occupational therapist in an NHS community brain injury team. My role involves working with clients who have brain injury and have been discharged home or to another community setting. Outside of the NHS I work in independent practice and undertake medico-legal work through Somek & Associates.
I have expertise providing occupational therapy to clients who have complex past medical histories and co-morbidities e.g. neurological, orthopaedic, multiple injuries following trauma and multiple sclerosis. My work involves detailed assessment and treatment to achieve goals in activities of daily living, recommending appropriate specialist equipment, physical function, cognition, fatigue management, vocational rehabilitation, minor adaptations, mobility, transfers and manual handling.
I work collaboratively with other health care professionals, schools, case managers, care managers, solicitors and other services. I also have experience working in inpatient physical rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, elderly medical rehabilitation, intermediate care and day hospitals.
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.