Samantha graduated as an occupational therapist in 1992 and has worked in a wide range of practice and education settings both in the UK and internationally.
Samantha’s clinical background covers mental health, including rehabilitation with veterans and working with older people; her international work is predomainatly as a consultant and developing community based rehabilitation services.
Samantha is Vice President Finance of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and has a respected international profile; she frequently speaks at international congresses and meets with government officials to promote the development of occupational therapy globally. Samantha also works with the World Health Organization (WHO) representing Occupational Therapy and WFOT at the WHO European Regional Committee Meetings and is part of the WHO GATE initiative looking at Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology. Samantha is also an invited member of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) working group on training activities.
Samantha spent 14 years as a senior lecturer at Northumbria University where she specialised in preparing students for practice alongside teaching mental health and public health related subjects. Within research Samantha is particularly interested in entrepreneurial practice and how occupational therapists develop and promote their professional identity.
Samantha is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice & Mental Health; as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.
Adam is an Occupational Therapist specialising in elderly care, falls reduction and neurological rehabilitation. He is well respected within the field of commercial consultancy, which has given him his national profile, particularly due to his drive and passion to ensure that all environments, domestic and otherwise, are truly accessible.
Until Autumn 2018 Adam managed 4 hospital Occupational Therapy services in Northumberland providing hyper-acute, acute and rehabilitation across the full range of medical conditions but particularly within elderly care. This role and reputation of clinical excellence led to providing regular lectures at Northumbria University on areas of activity analysis and clinical reasoning.
Adam was shortlisted for a NHS care & compassion award in summer 2018.
Adam has presented at numerous national and international conferences on accessible design with focuses on visual impairment, dementia and wheelchair accessible design as well as writing commercial literature on the topic. Adam writes regular articles on varying topics for The OT Magazine and The OT Show paper.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1990. Since then I have consistently worked in the field of orthopaedics, specialising early on in my career in the area of hand therapy. My skills involve working with all types of hand injuries and conditions such as osteoarthritis, dupuytrens disease, fractures of the hand and wrist, neuropathies, tendon injuries, tendonitis and serious multiple hand trauma. I have advanced splinting skills and am able to prescribe and fabricate orthoses to protect and support injuries or hand conditions. Rehabilitation of hand conditions and injuries will involve assisting clients to regain movement, strength and dexterity as well as educating clients about their condition. This will include advice on joint protection, energy conservation, management of pain or altered sensation, scar and wound management. I also offer psychological support to clients in order to help them cope and adapt following trauma and help them compensate for any permanent loss of hand function by assessing and prescribing aids and equipment and teaching new techniques to enable clients to return to the activities in life that are important to them.
As part of my role as an advanced practitioner I have been involved in the diagnoses of hand conditions, providing teaching sessions and workshops for undergraduate therapists and other professionals in managing hand injuries and conditions and fabricating splints.
Carol has had over 6 years of experience working within Physical healthcare settings including Orthopaedics, Palliative Care, Elderly Care Rehabilitation, Social Care, Surgery, Respiratory and Cardiology. Carol is highly specialised in moving and handling/risk assessment, identifying and recommending housing modification/adaptation, fatigue management and energy conservation, relaxation, falls prevention and general functional assessment and rehabilitation.
Carol has excellent communication skills and the ability to work with clients and their families in order to maximise independence, safety and quality of life. Carol has excellent knowledge of relevant legislation and theoretical framework and is able to work effectively within a given time frame to achieve positive outcomes for her client.
I have experience working with adults specialising in the provision of assessment/rehabilitation for a variety of needs including; neurological conditions (particularly stroke, Parkinson’s disease), palliative care, respiratory conditions and dementia care.
I provide training, assessment and rehabilitation packages in order to enable maintenance of living within the home environment for individuals with complex needs. I use evidence-based clinical reasoning and client centred approaches to enable individuals to engage in the ADLs that are important to them. Therapy can include functional skills training, education, fatigue management, compensatory skills, provision of equipment / adaptations, reminiscence therapy and falls management strategies.
I also have extensive experience supervising and mentoring qualified Occupational Therapists, Support staff and students.
I am an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist. In my formative years as a health care professional I spent time in the acute and rehabilitation settings acquiring the basic knowledge of impairment and disability that has been the foundation on which I have built my practice over the following 16 years.
During that time I have gained a great deal of experience in generic Occupational Therapy assessments with clients in their own environment including minor and major adaptations such as bathroom design, housing extension, equipment provision and carer assessment to support independent engagement in meaningful occupation.
As a National Back Exchange member my clinical specialism and expert field is within moving & handling. For most of my career I have advised clients, their carers and families, NHS staff and multi-disciplinary teams on moving and handling techniques from the basic through to the very complex and contentious balanced decision making.
In my current role I provide extensive and expert moving and handling training and consultancy looking at legislation and technique.
I am an experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in assessment and rehabilitation for physical and neurological conditions. I have extensive additional post-graduation training and experience in a range of assessment and treatment approaches for complex physical needs, cognitive-perceptual impairment, management of the upper-limb and postural management.
I am able to provide comprehensive assessments of need, manual handling recommendations, specialist seating, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation programmes to maximise function and quality of life. I am skilled in communicating with clients and other agencies about complex impairment and participation restrictions in order to enhance understanding and long-term management