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Private occupational therapy in Cornwall

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Val

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1993, Val specialises in housing & equipment and rehabilaition for adults. She is based in Cornwall and will travel across the UK, completing assessments with clients in their own environment. Val is an accredited Best Interests Assessor (BIA), having developed sound knowledge of the legislation to support clients, families and Local Authorities.

Val's experience is in working with adults with a variety of physical and mental health needs, providing equipment and adaptations to homes to promote independence and safe living conditions. This includes completing BIA assessments, where Val requires knowledge of both the Mental Health Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments and applications. She also carries out Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) assessments.

To continue her professional development, Val has completed postgraduate training including courses in counselling and therapeutic listening. She also keeps up to date with the current legislation and policies surrounding her work.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Plymouth, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, BIA, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access

Dawn

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Dawn is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist based in Truro, Cornwall. She supports both adult and paediatric clients, covering key areas such as Penzance, St Ives, Falmouth, and Newquay. Dawn provides Functional Rehabilitation for clients with a wide range of conditions and injuries, helping them with daily living skills to promote independence.

Dawn has previously worked in Adult Community Mental Health Team, Inpatient Acute Assessment and Discharge, and Inpatient Palliative Care. She draws on her extensive experience working with adults to support clients with self-care tasks, mental health challenges, and to provide suitable equipment to support safety and mobility in the home.

Working with children, Dawn provides expert assessments and interventions in schools, nurseries, and their home environment. She has experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Children's Community Therapy, special needs schools, mainstream schools and the community. Dawn utilises the skills she has acquired in her career so far to deliver specialist interventions and support children to reach their full potential.

Dawn also has a particular interest in sensory processing disorders and in March 2021 completed Module 1 of her Sensory Integration training.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Katie

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Katie is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist based in Truro and visits clients across Cornwall including Falmouth, Newquay, St Austell, and St Ives. With nearly 2 decades worth of experience, Katie has spent her career gaining expertise within acute and community settings. She primarily works with children and their families with complex needs, often requiring housing adaptations or equipment provisions to promote independent living. She also works in school/nursery environments to deliver Occupational Therapy interventions to maximise development and independence and improve opportunities for social inclusion.

Katie also has experience working with adults within neurology, orthopaedics, rheumatology, and elderly care. She can carry out functional assessments, standardised assessments, and play a key role in hospital discharge planning and community care planning. Katie develops a client centred and holistic programme of intervention in order to provide solutions that ultimately meet the needs of the client and assist them to achieve their goals. Katie is an effective advocate for her clients and strives to work collaboratively with other professionals involved in her client's care.

Katie works in a timely and professional manner and ensures that her clinical practice and knowledge is regularly updated in order to deliver best evidence-based practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Behaviour management, Self care, Learning disability

Emma

Plymouth, Cornwall

Emma is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist who specialises in Hand Therapy and Functional Rehabilitation. She is currently based in Cornwall and visits clients across the county including Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay. Having worked in inpatient, outpatient, and community rehabilitation for over 10 years, Emma is experienced in supporting clients with a wide range of needs. This includes a variety of hand injuries and conditions such as fractures, ligament sprains/tears, carpel tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's disease, trigger finger, and chronic regional pain syndrome.

Emma is particularly passionate about working with those who require upper limb rehabilitation in order maintain independence in activities of daily living. Having spent several years working in stroke rehabilitation, Emma is also well equipped to assess and treat both physical and cognitive impairments as well as addressing psychological concerns. In relation to Hand Therapy, Emma can organise bespoke thermoplastic splints when required and advises on the management of swelling, stiffness, sensory changes, and pain.

Emma actively seeks opportunities to continue the professional development of her specialist skills, ensuring she remains up to date with current, evidence-based practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Splinting

William

Devon, West and South West of England

William is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist based in the South West of England. He specialises in Neurological Rehabilitation with particular expertise in acquired brain injury. He visits clients across Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset.

William supports clients throughout each stage of rehabilitation, from the acute stage of their injury to long-term community rehabilitation. William uses a range of client-centred approaches and techniques to overcome cognitive, physical, and behavioural difficulties associated with the client’s injury. William has extensive experience in training carers, families, and therapy staff on individual rehabilitation programmes and therapeutic approaches. He is confident at working with clients’ varying difficulties and can tailor his approach to maximise their rehabilitation potential.

William is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists including the Specialist Sections for Independent Practice and Neurological Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception

Sarah

Devon, West and South West of England

Sarah is a specialist in neurological conditions, working for adults with needs relating to Huntington’s disease, brain injury, dementia, and stroke rehabilitation. Sarah is located in Tavistock, near Plymouth, covering a client base across Devon and Cornwall. She strives to ensure clients regain independence, providing assistance to safely and confidently move around the home, carry out household activities such as cooking and cleaning, and personal care and dressing.

Sarah can evaluate activities of daily living (ADL), as well as cognitive and mental capacity. She is especially interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, choosing to undertake a post-graduate module while studying. Sarah also has expertise in Seating & Postural Management, Moving & Handling, and behaviour management.

Sarah offers a holistic approach to occupational therapy, supporting clients and their families from assessment through to treatment. Sarah can adapt well when required to serve a client’s individual needs, including liaising with other professionals and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. In particular, Sarah has extensive experience working alongside physiotherapists to provide adapted seating and aid in moving and handling therapy.

Sarah is committed to her continued professional development, regularly attending conferences and undertaking additional training. Sarah has leadership experience mentoring OT students from her local university, which she thoroughly enjoys and uses to enhance her own learning.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Behaviour management, Postural management

Hannah

Bristol, West and South West of England

Hannah is a Specialist Occupational Therapist based in Bristol. She visits clients in Wales and the South West of England, supporting them with Neurological Rehabilitation. Throughout her career, Hannah has developed expertise in brain injury and neurological conditions supporting clients with cognitive rehabilitation, domestic tasks, social skills, and return to work plans.

She has worked in various rehabilitation settings, first taking up a role in acute medicine, rotating to older persons rehabilitation and then stroke before specialising in serious injury patients, in particular traumatic brain injury. Hannah has established a strong understanding of what is required to provide optimum outcomes that meet the needs of complex brain injuries, both for the impact this has had on the individual’s life as well as those closest to them.

She completes complex OT assessments of patient skills, cognition, occupational needs and need for specialist assistive devices and/or building adaptations. She also gives consideration to a patient’s views and wishes, medical history, and prognosis. She ensures the accuracy and timeliness of clinical notes/contract reporting activities by communicating and working with the wider team.

Over the years, Hannah has developed her competencies through practical experience, personal research, expert supervision, and attendance on specialist training courses. This has helped her to develop a high-level of clinical reasoning necessary when assessing and treating patients with highly complex needs and when providing expert opinion to other professionals, clients, and family members.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, The Vale of Glamorgan, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Bath, Swindon

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Elana

Plymouth, Devon

Based in Devon, Elana is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She visits children and their families in the West and South West of England across a variety of settings including homes, schools, and colleges. Elana assesses and treats children with a wide range of conditions such as autism, learning difficulties, ADHD, and other mental health conditions. She supports children with clinical needs surrounding Sensory Integration, gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, and handwriting.

Elana is able to utilise her wealth of experience across community and education settings to help children achieve their occupational goals. Her main area of expertise is in Sensory Integration, having completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration Level 1,2 & 3 and currently completing research for a PhD in Sensory Processing and Occupational Therapy. Elana works collaboratively with parents, carers, and school staff to ensure they are able to utilise therapy techniques into a child or young person's daily life.

Elana gained invaluable experience from a senior role with a secure mental health service. She was responsible for managing a team and providing assessments and intervention of complex cases. This position included delivering comprehensive assessments and report writing, the coordination of services and multi-disciplinary working, which often included working with social workers and psychologists to achieve the best outcomes for service users.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Louisa

Bristol, West and South West of England

Louisa is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience working in primary and secondary settings. Her expertise is in Functional Rehabilitation, working with adults with physical health needs including orthopaedic and cardiac conditions as well as stroke and other neurological conditions. Louisa is based just outside of Bristol and visits clients across the South West of England and South Wales including Cardiff, Bath, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

Louisa prides herself in working holistically with clients to identify their Occupational Therapy needs, resulting in meaningful, achievable and timed therapeutic goals. She strives to enable her clients to achieve maximum independence, well-being and an improved quality of life.

Louisa is skilled in equipment provision, manual handling, specialist seating, telecare, fatigue management and cognitive rehabilitation. From her time spent working on an acute stroke ward, Louisa has also developed specialist skills in cognitive and perceptual screening, as well as upper limb rehabilitation. She also practises continuing professional development and has excellent communication skills.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Cardiff

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management

Our private OT’s in Cornwall

The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout the Cornwall region as well as nationwide. We have experienced therapists covering every specialism throughout Cornwall including Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.

Our practice is based on our reputation for building trusted relationships with our clients. Since ethics are at the heart of our vocation as health care professionals, we always recommend alternatives to our own services if we believe they are better suited to a client's particular needs.

Our Cornwall therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, seating & postural management, housing & equipment, vocational rehabilitation and paediatrics. Please click on the profiles above to learn more about some of our experienced therapists working in Cornwall, or call one of our dedicated client managers for a free initial consultation as the first step to helping you find the right OT. As independent practitioners there are no waiting lists for our services - we are completely flexible around the needs of our clients, and can arrange weekend or evening appointments as necessary.

If your enquiry relates to children’s occupational therapy, you can learn more about our dedicated paediatrics team by visiting the OT Practice Kids section of our site.

Our OT’s are helping people throughout Cornwall deal with a variety of difficulties. If you would like to find out more visit our pages dedicated to explaining how our occupational therapists can help with common difficulties, covering adults and children. The most common difficulties we see are shown below, alternatively just call us on 0330 024 9910 for a free over-the-phone consultation.

Common difficulties we can help with

Forgetfulness & memory problems

Memory loss following diagnoses of dementia or brain injuries, as well as normal ageing process or during periods of unusual stress

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Mobility & falls

As we age or after an illness or accident, it is common for mobility to deteriorate, leading to falls, loss of confidence and reduced independence

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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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Disabling tiredness

Addressing the debilitating effect of fatigue to improve motivation, energy and engagement with day-to-day life

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Personal care & dressing

Restoring skills for personal care such as washing and dressing after accident, illness or with advancing age

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Organisation skills

A child's ability to organise their body and environment to perform daily activities such as sitting correctly and arranging a desk

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Moving around the home

Home activities can become a challenge with age or after an accident, illness or diagnosis leading to reduced independence and confidence

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Gross motor skills

Difficulties with gross motor skills cause clumsy or uncoordinated movement, leading to problems with tasks such as dressing, running or riding a bike

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Children with complex needs

Practical support and advice for children with multiple or complex needs such as equipment, seating, splinting or housing

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Confidence

Equipping children struggling with class participation and friendships due to shyness or faltering self-confidence, with the skills & self-belief they need.

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Standing & self support

Assisting with standing and self-support following an illness, accident, or with advancing age

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Self-care skills

A child’s ability to carry out basic self care tasks such as dressing, teeth cleaning or using cutlery

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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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Visual perceptual skills

A child’s ability to process what they see and respond with meaningful movement

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Cooking & household activities

Practical techniques to maximise independence at home following a medical diagnosis, accident or period of recuperation

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Fine motor skills

Small movements of the hand and fingers that allow a child to write and draw, as well as manipulate buttons, zips and shoelaces

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Getting out & about – scooters, chairs & cars

Purchasing and learning to use specialist equipment and vehicles for reduced mobility due to accident, ill health or old age

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Planning activities

Planning and performing activities as part of a fulfilling and meaningful daily routine

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Getting back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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Access in & out of the home

Solutions for when an accident, illness or age makes access in and out of the home a challenge

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Balance & coordination

Children with balance & coordination difficulties can struggle with activities such as dressing, using cutlery, riding a bike, running or playing sport

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Low motivation (strategies)

Strategies to address persistently low motivation causing under-performance at work, problems at home or in relationships

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Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
Or email enquiries@theotpractice.co.uk

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