MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy, BSc Occupational Therapy
- Neurological conditions, Back Injuries,
- Adults with Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities.
I qualified in 2002 as an Occupational Therapist and I have specialised mainly in the areas of neurology and physical disability. This includes brain injury, long term conditions, spinal injury, trauma, orthopaedics and medical rehabilitation. Currently I work in the NHS and private practice. I have been working in a community brain injury team since 2016 as an advanced occupational therapist. My role involves working with clients who have brain injury and they have been discharged home or to another community setting. Clients I work with often have co-morbidities, including medical, orthopaedic, neurological and mental health conditions. I conduct in-depth assessments and treatment to achieve goals in activities of daily living, physical function, fatigue management, vocational rehabilitation, minor adaptations, mobility, transfers, manual handling, identifying appropriate equipment, recommending current and future care needs. I liaise closely with the clients, family, carers, care managers, other health care professionals and services, to plan, coordinate and facilitate rehabilitation.
In my private practice, I work with clients who mainly have neurological and physical difficulties. I have referrals for clients who require ongoing rehabilitation. My work involves detailed assessments, treatment, recommending appropriate specialist equipment, minor adaptations, current/future care needs and compiling detailed reports. I work collaboratively with other health care professionals, schools, case managers, care managers, solicitors and other services. Prior to these roles I have experience working in inpatient physical rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, elderly medical rehabilitation, intermediate care and day hospitals. I am committed to ongoing personal development and I completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013. I have a specialist interest in using technology in rehabilitation and I have conducted research with patient experience of using Nintendo Wii™ in physical rehabilitation.
From 2005 until September 2016 I worked in an inpatient rehabilitation unit as the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. My role involved providing highly specialist inpatient rehabilitation to clients with mainly neurological conditions but also orthopaedic and general medical conditions including clients who have had multiple injuries following trauma. Clients I worked with often had co-morbidities, including Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and complex past medical histories. Clients had usually been discharged from an acute hospital and they required inpatient rehabilitation before being discharged home or to another appropriate setting. I provided detailed assessments and treatment programmes for clients in many areas including personal care, domestic activities of daily living, energy conservation techniques, fatigue management, mobility, transfers and manual handling. I liaised closely with the client, family, carers, care managers, other health care professionals and services, to plan, coordinate and facilitate discharge. Currently I am involved in a part time secondment in a Community Brain Injury team. This involves working with clients who have acquired traumatic brain injury.
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.