Dynamic. Dependable. Empathetic.
I have been an occupational therapist for 24 years and a case manager for seven. I am passionate about achieving ‘best outcomes’ for my clients and their families whilst helping coordinate and improve their circumstances for the better following catastrophic changes to their lives. One thing above all else that drives me forward as a case manager is my desire to instil a sense of achievement and fulfilment in my clients.
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I qualified in 1999 as an occupational therapist and have worked predominantly within inpatient and community rehabilitation. More recently I have worked independently specialising in case management.
Throughout my career I have developed a broad range of clinical experience within complex orthopaedics and spinal injuries, palliative care, care of the elderly (with co-pathologies such as visual impairment), stroke and brain injury, burns and plastics (adult and paediatric), rheumatology, cardiology and respiratory disorders. Whilst working for the NHS I held the post of team manager for surgery/amputees and community rehabilitation, carrying a significant clinical caseload and managing a team of occupational therapy staff.
I have developed a comprehensive knowledge of implementing assessment and treatment processes in the physical field for a large range of medical conditions, consisting of detailed assessments of activities of daily living, home visits and the provision of essential equipment. I have good experience in working with various multidisciplinary professions and client family members. My time working in the community has afforded me the opportunity to develop the skills that are necessary to design, implement and manage support packages, using either agencies or directly employed support workers.
Due to the work I have previously carried out as a care and occupational therapy expert witness, I have an in depth understanding of the litigation sector. I have undergone formal training in the medicolegal process, and I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses. This insight allows me to fully understand the role of the treating therapist and case manager when working with clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries through personal injury or clinical negligence.