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Private occupational therapy in Devon

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Suzi

Plymouth, Somerset

Suzi qualified as an occupational therapist in 1996 and has spent her career working with adults and children in a variety of clinical settings. She specialises in rehabilitation, assessing her client's functional, neurological and vocational rehabilitation needs. Based in Plymouth, Suzi works in South West England and travels to homes in Barnstaple, Exeter, Dartmouth and Newton Abbott.

Having worked in private practice for many years, Suzi has gained extensive experience working with a range of clients. This includes managing medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, amputation, brain injury and mental health diagnoses. Assessing in the home environment, Suzi provides her client and their family advice and support, including a treatment plan which outlines recommendations and therapeutic intervention required to help the client regain their independence.

Suzi has experience working with clients with complex postural difficulties, identifying pieces of specialist equipment to support postural alignment and offer advice on safe moving & handling within the home and community. She also offers therapeutic support to clients dealing with the frustration that goes along with a life changing event, including clients with anxiety and low mood.

Alongside her clinical OT work, Suzi works as an independent case manager, providing services for adults and children living with complex brain injuries and/or physical disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

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

Bianca

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Bianca is a highly skilled and experienced Occupational Therapist, she has worked with Adults and those transitioning into adulthood, who experience a wide range of clinical conditions and presenting difficulties. Bianca has developed specialisms in equipment selection and provision, home adaptations and the moving and handling of people, positive risk assessment and care planning, mental capacity assessment & best interest decision making.

Bianca delivers comprehensive assessments, identifying options which maximises independence, providing timely and realistic solutions that achieve positive outcomes for the individuals she works with.

Bianca is HCPC registered and passionate about helping her clients to live life to the full.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Sian

Somerset, West and South West of England

Sian initially trained at Derby School of Occupational Therapy and has since gained extensive experience working in different countries and in various areas of practice. She works with adults and children in their own homes, workplaces and schools.

Sian specialises in Paediatrics, after having her own children and enjoys the challenge of helping children master new skills and gain confidence in their own abilities. She carries out detailed assessments and provides tailored treatment programmes to enable her client to gain maximum independence and meet their full potential.

Sian has worked in Australia and Singapore, having just returned form working in Singapore for the last eight years in private practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care

Adam

Bristol, Torfaen

Specialising in stoke and brain injury rehabilitation, Adam is a highly skilled occupational therapist, obtaining a MSc in occupational Therapy in 2010. Adam focuses significantly on his specialisms, working in a variety of roles to gain maximum experience in his field.

Providing thorough and detailed assessments and tailored, goal orientated treatment plans, Adam helps his clients to gain maximum independence in their everyday lives. He works with clients in their own homes, care homes and places of work as well as rehabilitation settings.

Adam actively participates in continued professional development to ensure his extensive clinical skills are up to date, and thus, he is able to use evidenced based practice to provide the best possible service he can to his clients. He is HCPC registered and a member of the BAOT.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Sarah

Bristol, Somerset

Qualifying in 2009, Sarah is an expert OT working with clients with a range of needs. She has 9 years clinical experience working in the public sector, health and social care and charitable settings. Sarah now works with The OT Practice working with adults and older adults, who have a wide variety of physical, learning and sensory needs.

Sarah has specific expertise in long term and complex degenerative conditions affecting adults and older adults. She is especially skilled in providing advice and guidance in the following areas; compensatory techniques, equipment provision, moving and handling, postural management and minor to major home adaptations including Disabled Facilities Grants.

Sarah is committed to maintaining her clients’ independence at home and is practised in identifying areas of functional difficulty within the home environment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Learning disability

Anita

Plymouth, Devon

Anita qualified as a Occupational Therapist in 1985. She obtained a diploma in Family Therapy Studies in 1993. Over her extensive career she has attended numerous formal and informal courses and training events, ranging from Sensory integration to housing adaptations. Anita has many years of experience within mental health, especially with children.

For the last 10 years Anita has worked independently, in different areas including, functional and mobility assessments, case management and an expert witness role with a focus on orthopaedic trauma and mental health issues.

Anita provides supervision to OT's in private practice, and is a consultant OT to a local autism educational establishment. Anita has delivered training nationally and locally at different OT events and contributed to OT journals. Professionally she has sat on local and national committees within the College of Occupational Therapy regional structures. Anita's specialism is children's mental health and optimising function.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Devon, Plymouth

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Counselling, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Balance, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Cath

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Cath is an expert paediatric occupational therapist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children with a variety of needs. She specialises in working with children who have very complex medical needs and disabilities and their families, including those with neurological and life limiting conditions. Through joint working and expert assessment, she aims to support independence and participation whilst enabling families to provide dignified and excellent continuing care for their child.

Incorporating a professional OT role with hands-on 1:1 care at the Children's hospice, Cath gained an insight into the efficacy of equipment and adaptations provided for children and how the demands of caring for a child with complex needs affects the whole family, which has significantly shaped her practice.

Cath has developed highly effective communication and clinical skills; working with families to understand their needs and wishes, conducting thorough assessments, regular reviews of interventions and through robust report writing. She is committed to professional development and learning.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural managemen

Ellie

The Vale of Glamorgan, West and South West of England

Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2001, Ellie has spent her career offering expert care and therapy to clients and their families. She is based in Gloucestershire, travelling to visit clients in Wales and the South West of England. Her areas of expertise focus on housing & equipment, as well as seating & postural management for both adults and children.

Ellie has developed a broad clinical knowledge base, working with clients with complex neurological needs and physical disabilities. She has experience in specifying and prescribing specialist equipment and seating, as well as assessing and recommending home adaptations to benefit the client and encourage independence. She liaises closely with the wider support network of her clients, including families, carers and other professionals.

She has worked on various contracts and cases via The OT Practice, completing Disabled Facilitates Grants (DFG's) and various mobility assessments, including for Blue Badge applicants.

Ellie is committed to keeping up to date of new developments, policy reforms and writes and delivers training to other practitioners. She is passionate about developing her fellow colleagues and has served on the Specialist Section Housing Committee as treasurer.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, The Vale of Glamorgan

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural managemen

Alison

Powys, Wales

Alison specialises in hand therapy and rehabilitation, having completed post qualifying training in courses on splinting and hand trauma. She is based in Powys, Wales and travels to Brecon, Montgomery and Newton as well as to Cardiff and Swansea to visit clients at home.

Alison's career has been spent in the NHS and working in acute hospital settings, as well as in the community where she focused on falls assessments, moving and handling and rehabilitation of the elderly. She now provides independent assessments and treatment programmes to adults in their own environment.

With a number of accredited qualifications from the British Association of Hand Therapists, of which she is a member, Alison's expertise lies within hand therapy. She works with clients with needs in the areas of orthopaedics, rheumatology, plastics, burns and trauma.

Assessing her client at home, Alison will develop a personalised treatment plan which aims help improve their functional independence and the use of their hand through rehabilaition, including the use of splinting techniques.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, The Vale of Glamorgan

Specialisms

Hand Therapy, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments

Anne

Worcestershire, West Midlands

Having worked with clients in various health care settings, Anne has gained experience in the areas of rehabilitation and housing & equipment. She works with adult clients in their homes, travelling to areas of Warwickshire and the West Midlands, including Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull and Warwick. Anne is skilled in carrying out Blue Badge and mobility assessments, as well as gaining a Train the Trainer qualification.

Since qualifying in 1989, Anne has worked in various clinical settings, treating clients with neurological, orthopaedic and physical conditions. Currently working as an independent practitioner, she delivers assessments in the home and works closely with her client and their family to create a bespoke treatment plan, aiming to improve their function and quality of life.

Within the treatment plan, Anne recommends assistive equipment and housing adaptations to maximise a persons independence within their home and community. She provides assistance and guidance on the most appropriate seating solutions, including wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Where appropriate, Anne undertakes workplace assessments and will put together a return to work programme for her client, helping them gain skills and make their workplace more accessible.

Anne continues her professional development to enhance her clinical skills, including her membership of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Work.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Birmingham

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Planning & execution, Self care

Heidi

The Vale of Glamorgan, West and South West of England

Heidi qualified as an occupational therapist in 1991, specialising in neurological rehabilitation early on in her career. She visits clients in their home environment, travelling around the South West of England, as well seeing clients in Wales. Heidi has completed various postgraduate training courses to keep her knowledge up to date, including upper limb rehabilitation and functional electrical stimulation.

Heidi works with adults with various neurological conditions including Multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and multiple pathology including neuro-psychiatric conditions. She has gained expertise in a range of settings across acute, inpatients and community based working. She also gained experience and training at the prestigious National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, where she became a qualified AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) assessor.

Carrying out functional and neurological assessments with clients in their home, Heidi works with family, carers and other professionals to maximise the client's overall function and independence. She uses a range of treatments and interventions, including upper limb therapy, cognitive strategies, Bobath moving and handling skills and fatigue management. She also prescribes specialist seating, offering expert advice and guidance on postural management.

Heidi has co-published a paper on 'The management of fatigue in MS' (BJOT, 1998), as well as being an active member of the special interest group for neurology.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, The Vale of Glamorgan, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

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

Our private OT’s in Devon

The OT Practice provides private occupational therapy services in and around Devon as well as the rest of the UK. We have experienced therapists covering every specialism throughout Devon including Barnstaple, Exeter, Dartmouth, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Torquay.

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 private Devon therapists cover every area of OT, including paediatrics, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, neurological or functional rehabilitation and hand therapy. Please click on the profiles above to learn more about some of our experienced therapists working in Devon, or call one of our dedicated client managers for a free initial consultation as the first step to helping you find the right OT. Being a private practice, there are no clinic visits or opening hours to worry about - we arrange home or workplace visits at times convenient to our clients, including evenings and weekends.

We also have a dedicated paediatrics team at The OT Practice, so if you are considering referring a child then please visit the OT Practice Kids section of our website to learn more.

Our OT’s are helping people throughout Devon 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 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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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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Getting back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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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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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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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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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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Low motivation (strategies)

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

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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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Cooking & household activities

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

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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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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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Personal care & dressing

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

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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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Disabling tiredness

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

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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost 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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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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Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
Or email [email protected]

Some companies & organisations we have worked with

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

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