Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2004 at Oxford Brookes University, I have worked both in the public and private sector. I started my professional career working in the NHS completing a rotation in physical disabilities. I then specialised in paediatrics and progressed to being the lead occupational therapist for the under-fives with complex needs and the upper limb clinic at Lewisham University Hospital. I also completed both Bobath training in 2011 during my time in this role.
In 2013 I set up my own business, as an independent occupational therapist, specialising in treating children with complex neurological conditions. I have gained specialist skills and training associated with treating children with cerebral palsy.
I have skills in paediatric manual handling training, equipment adaptations, wheelchair and static seating systems and bespoke hand splinting. I assess and provided visual programs to develop dressing and play skills. I also provide bespoke training packages to the child’s caregivers for them to gain an increased understanding of the child’s difficulties, the importance of participation in the child’s life and how the carer can assist the child in daily activities.
I have a passion for enabling children with brain injuries to participate in activities and work diligently to achieve this through researching for a specialist toy/device and working closely with the child’s caregiver to enable them to facilitate the child.
I enjoy being creative, and in my career this has enabled me to assess and make bespoke hand splints for children with a variety of conditions. This includes cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, hypermobility, neuromuscular conditions and biomechanical deformities.
I have gained extensive experience on working with families going through a medicolegal process following their child experiencing a catastrophic brain injury in or around their birth. I have an interest enabling and empowering these families feel they have some control in this process from a therapy perspective. I am renowned for demonstrating empathy and compassion to families and encourage them to lead and voice what is important to them for me to achieve during my sessions.
I am actively involved in regular CPD activities and training. I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Independent Practice specialist sections.
I have been an associate of Somek since October 2017, where I have used my in-depth knowledge and experience to prepare expert witness reports for children and young adults. I have experience of costing for past and future occupational therapy and care for both personal injury and medical negligence claims.
Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
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