BAOT BSc Hons
Neurological Occupational Therapist
I have been interested in fulfilling a caring role since I was a child. initially I thought I would go into nursing, until I completed work experience at the age of 15. I shadowed an inspirational Occupational therapist who was so motivated that I changed career path, which led me to where I am today. I remain as enthused and motivated in this role as I was that day.
My career has taken me on a varied path, working with a range of ages from young adults to 100+ in both mental and physical health. The key thing I have gained from this is just how important health and wellbeing is to how we as individuals feel about ourselves, and function in our roles; be it employer, employee, parent, child, friend etc. During my student career I undertook a placement on a stroke rehabilitation ward; it was here that I first saw how devastating the effect of a stroke can be, as it often interrupts someone’s life so abruptly. However day 1 of a stroke is not the end, and recovery can occur years later.
I have also seen first-hand, how often as a therapist our expectations of recovery are lower than that of the people we are working with. I have had the pleasure in my career to work for many years with a wide range of neurological patients, who have exceeded my expectations and I feel honoured to have been part of their recovery. Their motivation has driven me to improve my skills to help facilitate their path to recovery.
I have completed many stroke specialist courses including: Bobath, Motor relearning, cognitive rehabilitation and constraint therapy. The most recent string I have added to my bow, is in dynamic saeboflex splinting, which has given me the pleasure of helping one of my early patients regain hand function, 10 years post stroke.
I feel that as an Occupational therapist, I treat patients very eclectically and view many ways to achieve a goal. Sometimes a piece of equipment solves the problem of reduced function and I have an extensive knowledge of adaptive equipment as well as experience in motor and cognitive rehabilitation. I am keen to access all my tools to help people achieve their goals.
My motto (stolen, I am not sure from who) is “life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”.
For more information about neurotherapy and our team of neurotherapists at Courtyard please contact our well-being team on 01453 548118 or email us, we will be delighted to help.View My Portfolio