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Alice

Cumbria, North West England

Alice is a highly skilled, compassionate and conscientious Occupational Therapist with extensive clinical experience. Qualified in 1994, her background in both physical and mental health allows her to be truly holistic in her approach, considering the full impact of the individual’s condition in all aspects of their life and health.

She has gained her clinical experience working both in the NHS and in the French State health service. She has also worked in private and community settings as well as in the workplace environment.

Alice treats clients with acute and chronic conditions such as muscular sclerosis (MS), brain injuries, stroke, amputations, orthopaedic conditions, mental illness, dementia, chronic pain or fatigue.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Dumfries and Galloway

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

Community access, Anxiety management & relaxation

Carlie

Merseyside, North West England

Specialising in rehabilitation and housing & equipment, Carlie provides expert occupational therapy to adult clients. She has worked internationally, including locum and permanent positions in Australia and New Zealand. Carlie is now based in Lancashire, visiting clients at home in Blackburn, Blackpool, Lancaster and Warrington, as well as areas of Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Carlie has worked across a number of clinical settings, including acute & forensic mental health, in-patient & community rehabilitation and psychogeriatric services. She specialises in working with clients with neurological and physical conditions, including dementia, stroke and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Having worked in such different environments, Carlie has developed her core OT skill, including how to work as part of a team and the importance of including clients and their families within the rehabilitation process.

Having assessed her client, Carlie works with them to establish meaningful rehabilitation goals and developing a bespoke treatment plan. Intervention can include neuro-rehabilitation, provision of equipment and housing adaptations, fatigue management strategies and return to work programmes. Carlie aims to help her client improve their quality of life and overall independence within their home and community.

Carlie is dedicated to on-going education and professional development and completed a Occupational Therapy (MSc) in July 2016, focusing on the understanding of autonomy for people with dementia and how OT's enable autonomy for vulnerable clients.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Kirsty

Wrexham, North West England

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2001, Kirsty specialises in the areas of housing & equipment and moving & handling. She is based in Cheshire, visiting clients at home in Chester, Crewe, Birkenhead and Macclesfield. She will also travel to neighbouring counties, including Greater Manchester and Cumbria. Kirsty is qualified in carrying out Blue Badge mobility assessments.

Having worked primarily in the field of housing, Kirsty 's experience includes identifying and recommending minor/major housing adaptations for all age groups. She also delivers moving & handling risk assessments, recommending Telecare equipment, such as fall detectors and sensors, to help keep her clients safe when moving around their home.

Treating clients in their own environment, Kirsty implements bespoke rehabilitation packages to improve her client's independence in their activities of daily living. She works collaboratively with the family or carers to encourage clients to reach their own treatment goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Kirsty is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Powys, Wrexham, Liverpool, Manchester, Hull, Stoke-on-Trent, Salford

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration

Kate Louise

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Since qualifying as an occupational therapist, Kate has worked in a variety of settings and with a range of clients with different needs. She provides expert assessments and treatment plans to help her clients live as independently as possible, visiting clients at home and work.

Kate specialises in the areas of seating and postural management as well as complex disability aids and adaptations. She prescribes relevant equipment to her clients depending on their individual needs as well as provides bespoke treatment programmes to support her clients in gaining independence.

Kate is a member of the BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists) and is committed to developing her knowledge and skill set.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural management

Jo

Cheshire, North West England

Jo currently works as an independent occupational therapist and as a Macmillan Advanced Clinical Specialist. She is based in Cheshire and also covers Greater Manchester, Warrington and North Wales. She has extensive experience in moving and handling, assessing for equipment, adaptations and support packages, reablement, and the management of fatigue, anxiety and breathlessness.

Jo has facilitated training sessions for other health professionals on managing breathlessness, writing effective goals and working in an enabling way. An article detailing her work within reablement was published in Occupational Therapy News, which she later presented to other teams in the country.

Jo has volunteered for her local Alzheimer's Society branch committee and recently trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. Jo always goes the extra mile for her clients, striving for excellence and individualised care.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Jan

Merseyside, North West England

Jan is an expert occupational therapist who specialises in hand therapy and hand related conditions. She is based in North West England, treating clients in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire. Alongside her OT degree, Jan has completed a Masters in Health Studies.

Since qualifying in 1987, Jan has specialised in providing rehabilaition and therapy to clients with hand injuries. She has worked with both adult and paediatric clients in regional units for burns and plastics, as well as establishing the role of hand therapist in two private hospitals. Jan has also previously worked overseas with leprosy patients.

Visiting clients at home, Jan provides clinical assessment of orthopaedic trauma, congenital and chronic conditions, as well as assessing clients who have suffered burns or have had plastic surgery. To improve function and increase the client's levels of independence, Jan provides treatment inclduing mobilisation and exercise regimes, splinting, fracture bracing, desensitisation and scar management.

Jan has been a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) for many years and has been on the executive committee for 6 years, 2 of which she was Chairman of the Association.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

Hand Therapy

Specialist skills

Fine motor skills, Splinting

Carien

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Carien is an expert occupational therapist who specialises in the field of paediatrics. She is based in South West Scotland and will travel in and around Scotland, as well as to North West England, visiting children and their families at home, in school or at nursery. During her career, Carien has completed various postgraduate training, including courses on sensory integration, Makaton and the Bobath concept.

Having qualified and trained in South Africa, Carien now provides independent occupational therapy to children and their families in the UK. Her experience is varied, having worked with babies born prematurely, babies and children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions, degenerative conditions and sensory difficulties.

Carien works collaboratively with the family to ensure that their goals are being met and the child is reaching their maximum potential. She provides advice and training, as well as specialist intervention which can include sensory processing, working on fine and gross motor skills, self care, and functional skills such as play or handwriting. With the treatment that Carien provides, there is a strong emphasis on the family working together to foster an environment that will optimise learning, growth and development.

As well as specialising in paediatrics, Carien has also worked with adults and assisted in their rehabilitation after hip and knee replacements, fractures, arthritis and other injuries. She has experience working with clients with neurological conditions also, including stroke.

To ensure her learning is up to date, Carien continues her professional memberships with the Sensory Integration Network and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Fife, Glasgow (City of), Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Stephanie

Wrexham, North West England

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2003, Stephanie has gained extensive experience in the area of neurological rehabilitation. She has completed various training courses to accompany her clinical work, including splinting for the neurological hand and introductory Bobath modules. Stephanie works with adult clients at home, visiting areas in North West England, including Cheshire, Derbyshire, Manchester and Wrexham.

Stephanie has worked within acute and inpatient rehabilitation settings, treating clients with a variety of conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, spinal injuries and multiple sclerosis. Currently working in a neuro rehabilitation unit, Stephanie carries out various complex assessments and treatment, including functional and cognitive assessments, splinting and prescribing specialist equipment.

Stephanie aims to work in a client centred way, ensuring they reach their rehabilitation goals and increase their independence. She keeps her clinical knowledge up to date, attending training courses and conferences, as well as maintaining her membership with the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Neurological Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Wales, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Wrexham, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care

Gemma

Birmingham, Worcestershire

With over 7 years of clinical experience, throughout a wide range of community and hospital settings Gemma has become highly adaptable when supporting her clients and their families to achieve their identified therapy goals. She is passionate about utilising Occupational Therapy to benefit individual's physical, emotional and psychological health and well being.

Gemma enjoys developing a therapeutic working relationship with her clients, which supports identification of the individual's needs and wishes. She believes that this can be achieved by listening to her clients and their families experience, which creates the basis of the Occupational Therapy assessment. She provides bespoke treatment plans and sets SMART goals for clients to help them achieve maximum independence in their daily lives.

Her interest in travelling has motivated her to work and volunteer in England, Scotland, Africa and Thailand. These cultural experiences have widened her personal and professional perspective allowing Gemma to appreciate how Occupational Therapy can have a global benefit.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham, Manchester

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Social integration

Ebby

Glasgow, West Lothian

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1990, Ebby specialises in rehabilitation for adults. She is based in South West Scotland, and travels in and around the area visiting clients at home. This includes travelling to the North of England. Ebby is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Older People, Independent Practice and Rheumatology.

Ebby's clinical experience comes from working for the NHS in various hospitals, community and rehabilitation settings. She has also worked in Australia and gained experience in the USA. Ebby works with clients with injury, illness or long term health conditions, including dementia, stroke and conditions related to old age. She provides functional and goal orientated programmes that maximise independence and improve quality of life, also involving family and carers where appropriate. Ebby is experienced in making recommendations for equipment and minor adaptations to enable clients to be as independent as possible.

Ebby also specialises in delivering hand therapy, working with adults of all ages who have conditions such as stroke or rheumatoid arthritis that affect their working and personal lives.

Aside from her clinical career, Ebby is actively involved with a number of professional organisations including theRoyal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section- Older People where she has been involved in ongoing work to promote and develop the role of occupational therapists working with older people, specifically in acute care and emergency settings.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Glasgow (City of), Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration

Catherine

Sheffield, West Yorkshire

Catherine is a self-motivated, enthusiastic and proactive Occupational Therapist with 19 years experience in a wide range of areas in physical health, including over 6 years in the employment field. Catherine is a Matheson trained UK functional capacity evaluator and regularly uses functional assessments for clients within her NHS Occupational Health role. She is experienced in carrying out workplace visits, job analysis and work rehabilitation.

Catherine's Masters Degree in design research has assisted her to devise innovative and unique solutions to functional problems and her advanced communication and motivational interviewing skills are utilised when liaising with clients, employers and stakeholders to enable change. Catherine is trained to carry out health and well-being assessments and she is a health and work champion for Public Health England.

Alongside Catherine's highly specialist assessment and rehabilitation skills she has a range of experience in service development, business planning, team leadership and research.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Derbyshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Fatigue management, Daily living skills

Denise

Liverpool, Merseyside

Based in Merseyside, Denise travels to Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, as well as Lancashire and Wrexham, treating clients in their home or work environment. She specialises in working with adults and the elderly, assessing their seating, moving & handling and rehabilitation needs. Denise has completed a number of postgraduate courses to continue her learning, as well as gaining a qualification in Train the Trainer.

Having gained experience working in community settings and for social services, Denise currently provides private assessments to clients in their own homes. She treats clients with a variety of needs, including complex orthopaedic, neurological and cardiovascular conditions. Assessments can include Blue Badge and mobility assessments, as well as looking at Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs).

Working with the client and their family, Denise identifies their treatment goals and puts in place a plan to help them reach these and gain more independence in their everyday activities. Within this bespoke treatment plan, Denise provides advice and recommendations on specialist items of equipment such as seating, electric powered vehicles, hoists and specialist beds. She looks at safer moving and handling around the home, as well as adaptations that can improve the client's quality of living.

Denise is a member of the Motor Neurone Disease Association Special Interest Group (N West region) and also the Allied Health Professionals Network of the National Osteoporosis Society.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care

Our private OT’s in Cumbria

The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout the Cumbria region as well as nationwide. We have experienced private therapists to cover every clinical specialism, servicing the entire Cumbria region including Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith and Windermere.

Occupational therapists work to break down the barriers which hold back individuals in carrying out their day to day activities. OTs not only look at the physical effects of ageing, injury or disease, but also address the psycho-social, community and environmental factors that influence functional ability.

Our Cumbria therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, seating & postural management, housing & equipment, vocational rehabilitation and paediatrics. For a free initial consultation over the telephone, please call one of our dedicated client managers who will be able to find you the right OT. You can also learn more about some of the private therapists in our Cumbria team from their profiles above. All our assessment and therapy packages are costed in detail at the outset, so we will never surprise you with “hidden charges” later on (such as travel costs or administrative fees).

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 Cumbria 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

Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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 back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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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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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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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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Cooking & household activities

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

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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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Visual perceptual skills

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

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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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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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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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Standing & self support

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

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Planning activities

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

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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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Can we help?

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

Some companies & organisations we have worked with

L&Q
Licensed Trade Charity
Help & Care
Invictus Health
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
Grayshott Spa
Proclaim Care
British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
The Good Care Group
The Royal Marines Charity
Waverley Borough Council
Fashion, Textile, Childrens Trust
Bush & Company Rehabilitation
Masons
Newlife Charity
Bank Workers Charity
HCML
SSAFA Charity
Lawray Architects
Sunrise
Leicestershire County Council
Mole Valley District Council
CCMS
UK Case Management
RAFBF
Baston House School
Plymouth City Council
Guildford Borough Council
Bracknell Forest Council
The Royal British Legion
Viavi
Anchor
Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association
Care Tech
Runnymede Borough Council
More Than Mobility
Haringey
Family Focused Case Management
AJM Healthcare
Papworth Trust
Tania Brown
Architects Benevolent Society

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