Independent Occupational Therapist
Work Experience and Training
Professional Qualifications and Membership
- Diploma in Occupational Therapy gained at Liverpool College of Occupational
- Qualified Occupational Therapist registered with the Health
and Care Professions Council.
- Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
- NVQ qualified Work Based Assessor (Vocational and Skills Assessor)
and Internal Verifier.
- Single joint expert witness trained by Bond Salon.
- Law Society Expert Witness - checked and listed in 2003 - 2006 directory.
Specialised training courses attended
- ACCESS auditing 2004.
- European Computer Driving License (ECDL) 2004
- Clinical supervisors courses.
- Bobath and "Normal Movement" trained.
- Assessment techniques and psychological testing giving access to
the P level tests.
- Head injuries post graduation course.
- City & Guilds 9206 Information Technology course.
- Internet and webpage design.
- NVQ Skills Assessor, Vocational Assessor and Internal Verifiers
award. (City & Guilds D31, D32 and D33).
- Assessment in Pain Management.
- BTEC National Diploma in Design (3D studies).
- Single joint expert training with Bond Salon (March 2001).
Hospital experience - 13 years
For 3 different Health Authorities within 6 hospitals in the UK.
Specialisms included elderly rehabilitation, general medicine, orthopaedics,
neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and burns. In senior positions experience
extended to upper limb prosthetic training, working in a stroke research
unit and neurosciences.
Community experience - 3 years
As a Senior Community Occupational Therapist, I inherited an 18 month
backlog of referrals. My main role was to assess individuals in their
own home and arrange for the supply of equipment and/or adaptations to
property to minimise the impact of disability.
I extended this role to include providing treatment for clients within
their own homes, Social Service funded residential care homes, and local
special schools. In addition I covered community based paediatrics for
In 1991 I set up in private practice as an Occupational Therapist initially
expecting to provide rehabilitation to clients within their own homes.
Over this period I have taken on additional varied referrals including
CSCI Standard 22 Reports
OT reports instructed by legal representatives, individual clients,
insurance companies or agencies obtaining expert witness reports. This
forms the main part of my present work.
Rehabilitation to patients in private hospitals.
Staff training for care staff including NVQ related topics.
Occupational Therapy for residents in private Nursing and Residential
Developing the role of activity coordinators in private care homes
and providing training sessions to equip the staff with the necessary
skills. This ranges from staff working single-handed in a home to a
group of 12 homes with 2 full-time activity coordinators in post in
Treatment, on a nationwide basis, to head injured case managed clients
and advice to the client's family, support workers, case managers, legal
Short term work for Social Services to clear waiting list.
Assessing 'customers' needs for adaptations and making recommendations
to a Housing Association
Research project for RICA.
Consultancy to a Head Injury Case Management Company
Writing articles for the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants,
the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Therapy Weekly,
Nursing and Residential Care.
Book published in 2007 - 'Promoting independence and activity in older
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