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Private occupational therapy in Devon

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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

Jenni

Devon, West and South West of England

Specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, Jenni is an expert OT who has been delivering comprehensive assessments and therapy for over 15 years. Jenni is located in Devon, visiting clients across the county including Torquay, Exeter, and Plymouth. She specialises in brain injury, stroke, and post-concussion syndrome.

Jenni works holistically, addressing a client’s physical and cognitive needs. She focuses on developing fine motor skills and upper limb rehabilitation to support a client regain the ability to complete activities of daily living and manage fatigue. Jenni is also passionate about cognitive rehabilitation, having completed several Braintree courses, covering specific needs relating to attention, memory, visual and information processing. This extends to helping client’s with anxiety and social integration, supporting a return to work or leisure activities. Jenni also recommends suitable equipment provisions and specialist seating based on the client’s current and potential future needs.

Jenni is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Independent Practice. She keeps up to date with new developments in neurological rehabilitation through her continual learning and engagement with other professionals.

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Profession

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Devon, Somerset

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

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

Amy

Devon, West and South West of England

With over 15 years of experience, Amy is a specialist Occupational Therapist based in Devon. She visits clients across the South-West of England including Taunton, Exeter, Yeovil, and Weymouth. Amy has expertise in a wide range of complex disabilities and conditions including orthopaedics, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neurone disease. She also has specific skills in the functional assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological presentations including stroke, brain injury, and long-term conditions.

Amy has worked extensively within acute and community rehabilitation settings and in recent years has expanded her practice to include private work. She provides holistic assessments of an individual’s functional limitations and is passionate about enabling them to regain their full potential and independence.

After gaining vital experience in moving and handling throughout her career, Amy qualified as a Manual Handling Trainer in 2018 and is skilled at skilled at completing complex risk assessments, identifying equipment needs and delivering practical and theoretical training to staff teams. She also has an interest in seating and postural management and is skilled at completing seating assessments.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Self care, Postural management

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

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

Alison

Cornwall, West and South West of England

Alison has over 30 years of experience in Occupational Therapy and currently visits clients across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. She helps clients with complex needs including learning disabilities, mental health issues, dementia, physical impairments, and long-term health conditions.

Alison utilises her expertise in learning disability and mental health alongside her extensive expertise in person-centred practice and personalisation. She provides comprehensive assessments and interventions for clients in their home environment, helping them to maintain independence and enhance their quality of life. Alison can support clients with neurological conditions, using standardised assessments which focus on cognitive and physical impairments. She once led a national provider to develop a new model of personalised provision for people with Huntington’s disease, acquired brain injury, and motor neurone disease. Recently, Alison has also developed clinical expertise working with adults and young people who have severe mental health issues, both in the community and in hospitals.

Alison is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Specialist Section for Independent Practice and develops her expertise through continuous professional development including networking with other Occupational Therapists, attending courses, and completing self-directed study.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Bristol, Plymouth, Bath, Swindon

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Therapeutic listening, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

PIPs, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Behaviour management, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Sarah

Somerset, West and South West of England

Sarah is an expert Occupational Therapist specialising in Housing & Equipment interventions and working with clients with a range of needs. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working in a wide range of settings. Sarah works with adults and older adults who have a variety of physical, learning, and sensory needs. She is based in Somerset and visits clients across the South West of England.

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 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

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 management, Learning disability

Cath

Somerset, 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 complex medical needs and disabilities, 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. Cath is based in Somerset, covering a client base across the South-West.

Incorporating a professional OT role with hands-on 1:1 care at the Children's hospice, Cath gained an insight into the effectiveness of equipment and adaptations. She understands 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 also 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

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural management

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

Katrina

Dorset, West and South West of England

Providing expert Occupational Therapy to her clients, Katrina specialises in Housing & Equipment, Seating & Postural Management, and Moving & Handling for adult clients. Katrina is based in Dorset, visiting clients in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, and Weymouth.

Katrina has gained extensive experience working for Dorset County Council. Working as part of the adult and community team, she assesses clients for housing issues and equipment needs. She carries out Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) assessments, working closely with other health staff, care agencies, and local authorities.

Katrina also works independently, treating clients in their own environment. She makes recommendations for minor and major housing adaptations, as well as providing equipment and specialist seating. She implements moving and handling care plans where appropriate, ensuring her client is moving safely and as independently as possible around the home.

To maintain her professional development and make sure her clinical knowledge is up to date, Katrina will attend conferences and exhibitions, as well as being a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Specialist Section in Independent Practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Ellie

Gloucestershire, West and South West of England

Ellie is based in Gloucestershire, visiting 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. She offers expert care and therapy to clients with a range of injuries and conditions, working collaboratively with families and carers.

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 can also support with Disabled Facilitates Grants 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.

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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 management

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

Cooking & household activities

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

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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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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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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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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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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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Visual perceptual skills

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

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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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Standing & self support

Assisting with standing and self-support following an illness, accident, 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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Low motivation (strategies)

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

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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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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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Planning activities

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

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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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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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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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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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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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Grayshott Spa
Newlife Charity
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Daubeney Academy
Clergy Support Trust
CCMS
Licensed Trade Charity
Family Focused Case Management
British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
AJM Healthcare
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UK Case Management
Wandsworth
Guildford Borough Council
Sunrise
Lawray Architects
L&Q
Bank Workers Charity
Haringey
The Good Care Group
Orleans Primary School
Invictus Health
Masons
Leicestershire County Council
Allenby Primary School
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
Richmond
Papworth Trust
Riverwalk School
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Sheringham Primary School
Springhallow School
Architects Benevolent Society
Help For Heros
Bracknell Forest Council
The Royal Marines Charity
Proclaim Care
The Royal British Legion
Bush & Company Rehabilitation
Britannia Education Trust
Waverley Borough Council
Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association
Hillingdon Autistic Care
Baston House School
Anchor
Fashion, Textile, Childrens Trust
Plymouth City Council
Runnymede Borough Council
Meridian High School
Mole Valley District Council
SSAFA Charity
RAFBF
More Than Mobility
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