Telephone: 02920 882141, Mob: 07896151835
I have 14 years post qualifying experience working with both adults and children. I have been involved in community rehabilitation for adults and early intervention and prevention services for children. I have been involved in treating and support a comprehensive list of conditions, diagnosis and prognosis.
I adopt a client centred and holistic approach, in assessment and interventions programmers. I explore occupational performance deficits exploring the reasons and triggers behind these. I use an asset-based approach, focusing on the personals strengths and motivation to promote development.
I set SMART targets and achievable goal to enable me to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and demonstrate progress. I reflect on my professional performance and practice regularly. I am very motivated in sousing training in forever changing approaches to ensure I am clinically relevant.
I am booked in to complete the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R ) and the Autism Diagnosis Standardised assessment ( ADOS-2) training in 2019. I l am booked in to complete the manual handling train the trainer course to deliver manual handling passport training across services.
I am currently working with children who have Acquired brain Injuries across the UK implementing intense interventions as a single therapist. I have also joined with another highly experienced occupational therapist and developed a company trading under the name of Dynamic Juo. This private practice specialises in intense intervention for rehabilitation and behavioural management. I cover a large geographical area travelling the UK to provide services
Areas of Specialism
- Neuro rehabilitation
- Paediatrics 0-25
- Intensive intervention
- Training/ Awareness sessions
- Housing Needs
- Disabled Facilities Grants, Physical Assistance Grants, Works of adaptation
- Clinical Lead
- Service developer
- Orthopaedics and Amputees
- Coaching and Mentoring interventions
- Static seating
- Wheelchair Assessments
- Manual Handling and care packages / Risk assessments
- Acute medical – preventing hospital admission / supporting hospital discharge
- Aid and Adaptations
- Sensory processing / modulation / ASD
- Behavioural difficulties- Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
- DIR Floortime Professional
- Brain injury
- Birth Injuries
- Adoption, Trauma and Attachment
Education / Qualifications
Profectum Professional Certificate in DIR Floor time model - Certificate Programs in DIR-FCD Model for Professionals Qualifications- I have the professional’s certificate in the DIR Floor time model approach - this involved 1 year extra study, the completion of weekly case study analysis, completion of 4 units and providing a detailed vignette to pass.
BSc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy – University Hospital of Wales College of Medicine 2002 – 2005
Clinical placements during the course of study for Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy:-
Assessment – Acute Rehabilitation Gwent Hospital
Elective – Whitchurch Hospital - Substance Misuse Team
- Planning – Mental Health Day Unit- Ty Sirhowy, Aberbargoed
- Intervention – Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) day centre and Community based adult Mental Heath
- Evaluation – Rehabilitation - St Tydfils Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil
March 2019 – Joint Founder of Client Centred OT Practice and Dynamic Juo (DJOT)- Independent Occupational Therapy Services and training. Associate of Stokes Case Management
November 2015 – March 2019 – Developed a Flying Start Community Occupational Therapy service - specialising in under 5s also working as part of the disabled children’s team focusing on early intervention and prevention – Children’s Services Division of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC)
September 2005 - November 2015 - Community Occupational Therapist for RCTCBC.
· Developed my own independent practice providing Private OT services for case managers and solicitors.
· Clinical Educator experience for both psychology students and OT students in past roles.
· Involvement in a psychology dissertation identifying the importance and effectiveness of the flying start OT Role recognized by the Therapies Department in the University hospital of wales, Dr Catherine Purnell and Sally Scott Roberts
· Service Development – involved created a service development plans, monitoring and evaluating the progress of the team/service against the council’s objectives and standards as laid out in the service delivery plan yearly. Researched areas of OT needs within an early year flying start OT service. Devised service eligibility criteria, process maps for the service, service paperwork, prioritisation tools. I measured the progress of the service using Goal Attainment Scale, Functional Emotional Attainment Scale and Clinical recordings and observations.
· My Role in Flying start involved me setting up a new service provision providing early intervention and prevention in the form of Occupational therapy for service users eligible for flying start provision. This includes assessing children at home and in Flying Start Nurseries providing intervention plans to promote function in all areas of development and using preventative measures to reduce the affect of disability on quality of life.
· Being the only OT in the service for the past 3 years I have been responsible for making decisions in stressful situations and confident that I can clinically justify the decisions I have made
· My role in the Disabled Children's Team involved assessing children at home and recommending the appropriate interventions e.g adaptations, equipment and manual handling advice, housing needs and undertook a pilot with Community Support Workers in providing intense early interventions for 0-5 year olds, coaching, training and mentoring the Community Support Workers.
· My Roles since qualifying have involved me implementing interventions e.g prescriptions of aids, manual handling advice, housing adaptations, letter when clients do not meet the eligibility criteria for adaptations they request.
· Multi-disciplinary working has been essential part of my role in assessment and ongoing intervention and review, requiring liaison and promotion of partnership working with other professionals from Health, Social Services and other directorates such as Housing, Integrated Community Equipment Service, Education or Leisure Services plus a multitude of voluntary or community based organisations and professionals as aforementioned, including providing specialist advice / support.
· I have also been responsible for the completion of Manual Handling Risk Assessments in line with Health and Safety Regulations, assessing clients and carers, giving advice re handling techniques, providing equipment to ensure that the client is handled appropriately, and involves instructing carers (formal and informal) in the safe and correct use of such equipment ensuring that all manual handling procedures are followed. Detailed recommendations are completed for individual clients and are available for client and carer reference. I was also required to provide support and guidance to staff less experienced in manual handling, and to undertake regular update training.
· Collaborative working - Attended and Chaired the MDT drop in and provide strategies. - participated in childcare inclusion and transition meetings, service provision meets and additional learning needs meetings.
· Contributed to the setting and monitoring of objectives, targets, priorities and standards of the flying start OT service. Had responsibility for the discrete area of service development as agreed with the service manager/head of service, service director
· Set goals to enable service users, children and families to achieve their chosen goal through modification of desired, essential occupations focusing on the child / family learning new skills and approaches and adapting the current environment to meet the individual needs of the service user and child.
· Training – Developed, Designed and delivered developmental training to professionals, service users and carers
· Experienced working with children with acquired brain injury, assessment and designing bespoke therapy packages. Working intensely with these children to maximize their functional performance.
· Exploring behaviors that challenge, the triggers and work towards supporting a child with achieving self-regulation and improved relationships prior to implementing functional based activities.
· Experience of Safeguarding awareness and POVA guidance and experience of initiating safeguarding / POVA concerns and report writing.
· I have Knowledge of the Disabled facilities Grants (DFG) Process and can make recommendations for minor and major adaptations to a client’s home, or relevant establishment (ie wheelchair access, stair lifts etc), this incorporates the initiation of appropriate grant applications, or Physical Adaptation Grants via Registered Social Landlords, along with identifying and recommending suitable housing through the Housing Solutions Scheme. I can provide sketch plans, approve and critique architect plans.
· I have extensive knowledge of legislation and the implications this has in practice and how this affects children. Legislation I am familiar with is Social services and wellbeing ACT 2014, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act, Additional Learning needs (ALN) Act 2018, Housing legislations, Manual handling legislation, Social Services Act 1970, The Children’s Act 1989, Data protection Act 1998, Children’s Act 2004- Safeguarding Children. Knowledge of NICE guidelines – Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis.
· I am passionate about helping children, adults and families achieve their fullest potential and to empower them with strategies to succeed.
· I have knowledge of how policies and procedures impact on the service provision and confident to explore these further, regarding the area of service.
· I have been the clinical specialist within my team and had to support other members of staff from other professions as team lead.
· Excellent interpersonal skills and been heavily involved in designing, delivering and coordinating awareness training for all professionals.
· Charing and organizing Multi-disciplinary drop in sessions with the Educational Psychologist, Assistant Educational Psychologist, SALT, setting staff and health visitors.
· Modelling and coaching interventions to staff who then implement interventions and strategies with close supervision and mentoring
· Confident to challenge decisions of other people and also support people with their decision making. I respond well to constructive criticism.
· I invite work challenges and am very motivated to succeed. I enjoy research and development and continuously research to explore ways of providing higher standards of service. I am prepared to gain further educational courses to support me to further develop my career.