Occupational Therapy Services

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About Yorkshire Occupational Therapy Service

Fiona qualified as an Occupational Therapist from St Loye’s School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter in 1989. She is registered with the Health Professions Council, member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and the COT Specialist Section Neurological Practice. She has been chair of both the Yorkshire Regional Group and Stroke Clinical Forum of the Specialist Section Neurological Practice. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of Derby in Research Methods in Health and Social Care.

Fiona has been a contributing author to both the first and second edition of the book ‘Occupational Therapy and Stroke’ (edited by Judi Edmans) in 2000 and 2010.

After qualifying as an occupational therapist, Fiona completed a Basic Grade rotational post working in a variety of clinical settings, including elderly mentally ill elective/trauma orthopaedics, learning disabilities and community physical disabilities. After two years, Fiona chose to specialise in neuro-rehabilitation. Her first post was at an in-patient younger disabled unit treating a client group with spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and long-term neurological conditions.

Fiona then moved to an out-patient neuro-rehabilitation centre, working again with clients who had sustained spinal cord injury, brain Injury and other neurological conditions. During her time in this post, she set up a support group for younger adults with neurological conditions.

Fiona subsequently worked on two inpatient stroke rehabilitation units over the next three years.

Since 1998, Fiona has worked within community-based rehabilitation teams, providing therapy for clients with conditions such as cerebrovascular accident, trauma orthopaedics, amputation and spinal cord injuries. During this time, Fiona worked within an interdisciplinary team of health social care professionals, including psychology, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, social work and home care enablers. She gained vital skills in identifying the long-term needs of people with complex health conditions, selecting the most appropriate care packages, and recommending adaptations for the home environment. She has worked closely with home care enablers with regards to pressure care, tissue viability and continence. Fiona’s clinical practice has always been client-centred practice and she has used SMART goal setting to guide her rehabilitation programmes throughout.

In October 2010, Fiona was seconded onto a stroke early supported discharge team for one year.

Due to the range of her clinical experience, Fiona has extensive knowledge of the services available within statutory services and the private sector. In January 2011, Fiona commenced working as a case manager for Bush & Company. She has worked with a range of clients with severe and catastrophic injury including brain injury, spinal cord injury, upper and lower limb orthopaedic injuries and amputation.

In December 2011, Fiona left the NHS to work full-time as an independent occupational therapist with clients following brain injury, stroke, spinal injury and severe orthopaedic injuries, providing therapy within clients' homes. She has continued her work as a case manager and also works on a sessional basis at a private brain injury rehabilitation centre.

Fiona also maintains her continuing professional development through regular attendance at conferences and training courses relevant to case management and occupational therapy. She has attended courses on cognitive assessment, splinting, counselling, normal movement and management/leadership skills.

Within the past two years, she has attended training on the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Standards, Return to Driving after Illness/Disability and Excellence in Report Writing Skills.

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