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GERALDINE EVANS

DipCOT BSc

EXPERT WITNESS

Clients: UK

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Diploma of Occupational Therapy 1981
BSc Open University in Social Science 1996
NVQ Assessor D32/33 in Promoting Independence 2004
Masters module in postural management 2010
Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of The British Association of Occupational Therapists(BAOT)

EXPERIENCE

I am a registered Occupational therapist. In addition to my clinical practice I provide expert witness reports on Occupational Therapy and Liability Occupational Therapy reports. I understand the litigation process and my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.

Specialism
* Long term, chronic and life limiting conditions
* Moving and Handling (M&H)
* Provision of disability equipment and techniques to reduce risk and maximise independence
* Major and minor housing adaptations including Disabled Facility Grants
* Care needs assessments
* Advising care agencies and care homes regarding moving and handling and equipment


Community Occupational Therapist (OT)

Since 1999 I have worked in front line Adult Social Care. I worked with a wide range of conditions resulting in loss of mobility and function, sometimes within the context of complex housing and social needs. In my early career, I worked for eight years as a Mental Health OT. During an assessment, I consider the relationship between physical and mental health and how this may affect functional ability.

Clinical Project Officer

Since March 2017, I have taken on a year's post as a Clinical Project Officer to review the disability equipment provision for an NHS Trust. My remit is to ensure that the Commissioners' drive to reduce the equipment budget takes place without compromising client safety, well being, and quality of intervention.

Additional Information

Moving and Handling - I am experienced in assessment and provision of equipment including hoists, overhead tracking, stand aids and in-bed systems.

Adaptations - This includes major adaptations such as through-floor lifts, stairlifts, ramps, level-access showers and other structural requirements. Minor adaptations include grab rails and steps. I have worked closely with local authorities, housing associations, Grant Officers, Surveyors and other agencies involved in adaptations. Although my work was mainly with physical problems, I also worked with clients who had learning disabilities and head injuries in the context of housing adaptations.









Multidisciplinary Working - As a community OT I have worked closely with Social Workers, Nurses, and Physiotherapists. I have also joint worked with other specialisms such as environmental controls and Telecare. Working with various charities was also within my remit.

I attend regular training course and conferences in order to continue my professional development.