PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1986).
* Registered Occupational Therapist with Health and Social Care Professions Council.
* M.Sc (Hons) Counselling and Education ( 1999).
* Member of Spinal Injuries Association, UK.
* Member of British Association of Occupational Therapy with additional membership of Special Interest groups in Private Practice and Trauma and Orthopaedics.
I have 30 years of experience in practice as an Occupational Therapist having worked with adults and children with physical disabilities/physical health needs across both the acute, rehabilitation and community sectors within the NHS. I have also worked with adults and children with mental health issues.
I have worked with a varied caseload from 1986 to the present day enabling clients to optimise their function and improve their quality of life.
I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Occupational therapy reports for the Court
covering a wide variety of complex injuries. The type of conditions I can report on include:
* Traumatic Brain injury
* Major Trauma
* Cerebral Palsy
* Care of the elderly to include Dementia and Alzheimer’s care
* Community Care and Packages of Care Provision
* Orthopaedic Injuries
* Spinal injuries at all levels
* Upper limb and Hand Injuries to include Brachial Plexus Injuries
* Mental Health
* Falls and Manual Handling
* Safe Manual Handling to include safe transfer techniques eg use of hoists and slings
* Home Adaptations and Equipment Provision
* Paediatrics to include Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
* Head Injuries
I can advise on specialist equipment provision as well as major and minor adaptations including access/ramping/bathroom adaptations.
I can assess for seating and positioning equipment from simple attendant-operated wheelchairs to more complex seating systems for those with increased seating and mobility needs.
I prepare reports in both personal injury and clinical negligence cases. I understand the litigation process and have undergone medico-legal training and understand my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current, and to maintain my professional development.
In addition to my expert role I currently work within the Major Trauma team at a major hospital assessing Occupational Therapy needs as well as follow-up community care and therapy for those patients suffering from major trauma. I also work as an independent occupational therapist providing trauma and paediatric services
I moved to Bermuda in 1990 and worked there for 17 years as an Occupational Therapist. Initially I worked as a hospital-based OT on surgical wards and organised hospital discharges involving access and home visits and after discharge care. My role progressed setting up a paediatric-based occupational therapy service within the Bermuda Department of Health. I also worked with clients with mental health issues and assisted their return to the community including the setting up of a home group.
I returned to work in a Paediatric team within an expanding occupational therapy service specialising in the needs of children being transferred from special schools into mainstream schooling and assisting children in a development centre with the introduction and development of therapy programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.
For five years I worked in a hospital developing and expanding the therapy and rehabilitation service. This included working closely with other professionals to set up a day hospital to include a falls group and memory clinic. I worked as rehabilitation coordinator supervising over 20 staff in the programme including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and clinical aides. I moved to The British Virgin Islands in 2010 where for three years my practice was hospital based. I was the sole occupational therapist for the Islands treating patients in hospital and carrying out community visits.
Since returning to the UK I initially worked within a small community cottage hospital with elderly patients assessing activities of daily living. I was responsible for organising packages of care as well as providing access and home visits, and supervising junior staff
I have worked as an occupational therapist in major Trauma units including The John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where I currently work, and Stoke Mandeville hospital, working with adults with orthopaedic trauma and polytrauma, hospital discharges, packages of care and provision of equipment to include wheelchairs and seating systems. I have also worked in A & E departments and Emergency Assessment units to assist in preventing hospital admittance.
I have experience of teaching and supporting others to learn and implement therapeutic programmes to include training in manual handling techniques.