AMANDA KERBY

SPECIALISMS:

Amputations, Brain Injury Elderly Patients Orthopaedics Pain Management Palliative Care Spinal Injury Visual impairment

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

* 2002 – British Association of Occupational Therapists – Member: BT0228244
* 2005 – Occupational Therapist BSc (1st Class, Hons) Degree
* 2005 – Health & Care Professionals Council Registrant: OT44586
* 2014 – Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Independent Practice (RCOTSSIP)
* 2016 – Member of the Spinal Injury Association
* 2016 – Member of British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
* 2017 – Member of the Medico-Legal Forum for RCOTSSIP

 

EXPERIENCE

I qualified as an occupational therapist in 2005. I spent three years working in the NHS gaining experience within general medicine, surgery, elderly rehabilitation and stroke care within a Birmingham Foundation Trust hospital. Following that I worked for six years as a senior Community Occupational therapist with both adults and children with a variety of conditions including spinal injury, stroke, and other neurological conditions, long-term conditions, amputees, chronic pain, orthopaedic conditions, elderly medicine, and palliative care. I was appointed as a part-time Resettlement Officer Deputy from October 2014 to February 2017 for a major NHS Brain Injury and Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Unit for Central England. I was responsible for delivering timely, effective, and holistic pathways/discharges for spinal and neuro-patients, encompassing critically negotiated care packages to suit each patient’s needs.

I work as an Expert Witness preparing care and occupational therapy reports for adults. I also work as an independent treating Occupational Therapist. My experience means that I am well placed to assess the care, aids and equipment needs of those seriously injured.

I have undergone training in the medico legal process including training from Bond Solon and I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses. I have prepared reports on a wide range of injuries including disabilities or illness as a result of accidents at home or in the work place, road traffic accidents and clinical negligence. The disabilities have included brain and spinal injuries, amputees, hand injuries, eye injuries, knee and hip injuries, and abdominal injuries.

I have experience of attending cases conferences and expert meetings. I attend regular training courses and conferences in order to maintain a continuous professional education and ensure that my clinical skills are in line with current evidence based practice.

I have particular skills working with amputees, orthopaedic injuries, eye injuries, long-term conditions, brain injuries, and palliative care.

I have experience of advising people regarding benefits such as Disability Facilities Grant (means tested adaptations/major equipment provision), Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance (non-means tested) and Carer’s Allowance (including Respite provision). I have insight into the importance and complexity of personal health budgets and how it projects from a Continuing Healthcare-needs outcome.

I have working Knowledge of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DOLs), which ensures a patient is not inappropriately restricted of their freedom. This entails constant revision as this is scrutinised closely through Government legislation.

I have produced reflective pieces to improve my working practice. SMART (specific, measurable, achievable and timed) goals have been key to achieving objectives. The use of audit has also acted as a measure of quality service within patient-groups.

Caseload management has encompassed rapid and complex working, sharpening time-management, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. I have no hesitation collaborating with colleagues in Acute or Social Services to improve working practices. I have experienced a need for high sensitivity and careful problem-solving, especially with progressive and neurological conditions. This involves embracing the physical and psychological complexity of a person’s limitations – not always knowing the ultimate outcome and involving the family dynamics and culture. Ethical dilemmas have occurred whereby clinical reasoning has been needed and careful documentation applied. Multi disciplinary team-working including the patient, family and outer agencies has helped enhance the level of patient-care, occasionally involving case conferences/family reviews and specialised reports as appropriate. Sign-posting to charities and associations have proved invaluable in further supporting recovery and management at home for patients and their families.

I have enjoyed supporting the discharge programmes and have been complimented upon for my exceptional communication skills. This has improved communication between the patient, family and team. Close liaison with families has impacted on improving discharge effectiveness. I have participated in private Case Management work supporting brain and spinal injured people – including medico legal work and care plans for a wide range of disabilities. I feel this work and experience within resettlement has enhanced my skills and knowledge to the benefit of all parties.

I have a great passion for offering wider opportunities and support that empowers people and enhances their quality of life. As an occupational therapy student, I attended a placement working within a modern neuro-rehabilitation unit in Northern Sweden and gained invaluable experience, working with brain injured children and adults within a prestigious and highly regarded service nationwide.

I am a voluntary member of The Silverlining Charity.

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