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Private occupational therapy in Cumbria

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Nicola

Manchester, South Yorkshire

Nicola is an expert occupational therapist, working in the fields of housing & equipment, moving & handling and seating & postural management. Since qualifying in 2005, Nicola has worked in both the NHS and Social Services, giving her a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Nicola works with adult clients in their own homes, with needs such as Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Motor Neurone Disease as well as clients with Brain injuries and amputations. She carries out detailed assessments and provides tailored treatment plans, setting specific, measurable and realistic goals to help her clients gain maximum independence.

Nicola enjoys incorporating sensory assessments into her therapy programmes and is passionate about helping clients to access their local community and mainstream services, helping them to get the most from life. She is HCPC registered and a member of the BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists).

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, South Yorkshire

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

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

Paediatrics, 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 managemen

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

Jo

Lancashire, North West England

Jo is a highly experienced OT specialising in manual handling assessments, seating and postural management, housing and equipment and functional rehabilitation. She has a wealth of experience in both private practice and the NHS, she has also spent time working as an OT in Australia.

Jo is passionate about the benefits of occupational therapy and thrives on enabling her clients to achieve their goals and functional independence of daily living. Jo carries out detailed assessments and provides tailored specific measurable goals to help her clients achieve maximum independence.

Jo has a special interest in life limiting illness and palliative care and has completed a post graduate certificate in palliative care. She is committed to continued professional development to quench her thirst for knowledge and occupational therapy.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cumbria, Lancashire

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Wheelchair accreditation

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

Victoria

Greater Manchester, North West England

As an expert paediatric occupational therapist, Victoria works with children at home, in school or at nursery. Based in North West England, she travels to homes in Greater Manchester and Lancashire to assess and treat her clients. Within the field of paediatrics, Victoria specialises in housing & equipment and seating & postural management and is also a qualified moving and handling key trainer.

Since qualifying in 2002, Victoria has helped children with a variety of conditions including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, developmental coordination disorder and learning disabilities. Working currently as Clinical Lead for Bolton NHS, Victoria provides specialist assessments to children, as well as training and advice to families, carers and teachers.

Working independently, Victoria is experienced in using standardised and non-standardised assessments to evaluate needs such as fine and gross motor, self care, equipment and adaptations in home and school environments. This includes training for children and their families on the safe use of specialist equipment and the importance of postural management. She works collaboratively with families to ensure their treatment goals are met and the child becomes as independent as possible.

Victoria is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections for both Children, Young People and Families and Independent Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Greater Manchester

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

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

Holly

Manchester, Cheshire

Holly qualified as an occupational therapist in the USA in 1997, choosing to specialise in hand therapy quite early on in her career. She has completed levels 1 and 2 of the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) training courses, enabling her to provide expert hand therapy and rehabilaition to clients. Holly is based in Cheshire, visiting clients in North West England, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

Holly has developed her clinical skill in various settings, including in NHS and private hospitals and in the community. She was OT lead at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester and developed the hand therapy service there. This included the development of and adherence to relevant hand therapy protocols and incorporating the assessment and fitting of pre-fabricated splints. She also provided splinting for children with cerebral palsy, including tendon lengthening and improving function.

Working with clients with acute and chronic conditions, Holly provides bespoke and intensive treatment programmes to increase function and improve overall independence. Using a holistic approach, Holly works with clients on all aspects of rehabilitation, including mobility and function, improvement of independence in home and leisure tasks and advice on home adaptations and equipment procurement.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Liverpool, Manchester, Derby

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care, Splinting

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

Louise

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2006, Louise has specialised in treating clients with housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural needs. She is based in Derbyshire and travels to Derby, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Long Eaton to visit clients and deliver assessments at home.

Louise is committed in supporting her client reach their personal goals and increase their independence, allowing for them to take part in their every day activities and live safely at home. Since qualifying in 2006, Louise has gained wide-ranging experience in both community and hospital settings and in both mental and physical health. She has a thorough understanding of the effects of pain, illness and disability on the quality of life.

She has spent her career working in community and hospital settings, treating clients with neurological conditions, orthopaedic conditions and those requiring help with fatigue and anxiety management. Her knowledge of neurology is extensive, including having worked with brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and chronic fatigue syndrome. Before leaving the NHS in 2016 to focus solely on her private practice and medico-legal work, Louise was the lead occupational therapist for elderly medicine therapy in Derby Hospitals. Additionally, she acted as a Key Manual Handling Trainer, the Dementia Lead and the Falls Lead.

Louise now undertakes work on private basis for clients who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, medical negligence or accidents in the workplace. She provides recommendations for major adaptations, equipment assessments, work place assessments and ongoing rehabilitation packages to maximise client’s return to independence and inclusion in pre-injury activities. Alongside her private practice she also works as an expert witness preparing care and equipment reports for personal injury or medical negligence cases.

Louise continues her professional development by attending conferences and training events, including being 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, East Midlands, London, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Channel Islands, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural managemen, 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

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

Getting back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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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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Disabling tiredness

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

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Planning activities

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

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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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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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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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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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Cooking & household activities

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

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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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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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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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Personal care & dressing

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

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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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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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Low motivation (strategies)

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

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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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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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Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
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Some companies & organisations we have worked with

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

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