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Jo Vallom-Smith Vocational Specialist Occupational Therapist

Vallom Occupational Therapy

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My enthusiasm for occupational therapy is infectious, I am a proud advocate for my profession. I am often found explaining occupational therapy concepts to anyone who shows an interest. I am passionate about vocation as this is the foundation of my profession.

Throughout my diverse experience, I have gained both broad and specialist knowledge in many areas. I regularly self-teach and seek out training and resources to improve my clinical skills. I have developed outstanding, warm and professional communication skills with a diverse range of people in equally diverse settings.

I am a Matheson trained Functional Capacity Evaluator and undertake functional assessment to ascertain a person’s ability and capacity to undertake work and meaningful activity.

Experience:

Enable Works Ltd: Self Employed Occupational Therapy Consultant. December 2016 – August 2016 and March 2017- present. I am a trained functional capacity evaluator and complete a variety of vocational rehabilitation interventions to their clients. These include work based assessments, vocational redirection, vocational case management and ergonomic assessments.

I have helped developed various specialist mental health training programs designed for managers in the workplace to effectively support those with mental health conditions. I have also been involved in promoting the company at conferences and events.

OH Assist / Optima Health: Self-Employed Associate Occupational Therapist. December 2017 – Present. · Completing ad hoc functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments and specialist occupational health assessments such as Autism / ASD, mental health, cognitive, dyslexia / dyspraxia and musculoskeletal amongst others.

Posturite: Consultant July 2017 – present · Completing level three workstation and driver comfort assessments on an ad hoc basis for a wide range of employees around the south west and Wales.

Corpore-TTN: Occupational Health Advisor. August 2016 – March 2017 (permanent employee) April – Present (self-employed associate) Working as an OHA with this award-winning rehabilitation and injury management company. · Clinical lead for our biggest client (M&S) quality checking reports, handling compliments, complaints and manager call-backs. · Ability to independently deliver coaching and / or training to teams, managers and employees on a diverse range of topics. · Completing specialist assessments such as functional, physical, cognitive, bio-psycho-social, complex mental health and ergonomics / DSE. · Jointly assessing and problem-solving the ergonomics of a large distribution centre.

South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies (SGTT) previously LIFT Psychology NHS December 2014 – July 2016 SGTT is an NHS primary mental healthcare provider in which I managed the 'Employment Support' service. Our client base was a combination of job retention and supporting people to change careers or take steps towards employment. · Supporting both employer and employee, often running training sessions for companies on mental health awareness and reasonable adjustments. · Career change coaching / motivational interviewing / vocational rehabilitation.

Occupational Balance Coaching January 2014 – Present I have created a small business which is a mix between occupational therapy and life coaching. This takes the form of 1:1 face to face and telephone sessions in which I utilise my occupational therapy and life coaching training to enable a vast variety of people to achieve their life goals.

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Qualifications

Occupational Therapy BSc Hons


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Services

  • Adult 25 +
  • Young person (18-25)
  • Older person (65+)
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Supervision
  • Training
  • Autism/ADHD
  • Mental Health
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Practical strategies/treatment to overcome daily challenges caused by illness, accident, recent diagnosis or ageing.
  • Help and support with pain or fatigue-management techniques
  • Depression and anxiety management
  • Mental health recovery and peer support
  • Stress-related support
  • Learning Disability or Autism in adults
  • Support with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias
  • Autism expertise
  • ADHD expertise
  • Dyslexia expertise
  • Education, Health & Care (EHC) plans: advice/assessment
  • Work/health promo/training/H&S e.g. DSE Risk Assessment, Manual Handling training, stress prevention/education
  • Ergonomic Assessment/industrial/office/vehicle seating/equipment advice
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) (standardised system) for physically active jobs
  • Job/role analysis of task demands
  • Neuropsychological/Cognitive/Neurodiversity assessment (including standardised tools)
  • Mental Health Assessment and Advice - work related
  • Career re-direction Assessment/Transferable Skills Analysis (TSA)
  • Graduated RTW plan/reasonable adjustments advice
  • Vocational Rehab (VR) ongoing input/treatment/job coach/work prep/work hardening/conditioning
  • Expert witness assessment/reports
  • Assessments/support at GP surgeries
  • Bespoke training programmes
  • Management consultancy
  • Mentoring or supervision
  • Regular supervision for independent practitioners
  • Coaching/Mentoring
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