Durham, North East England
Katy has worked as an OT for over 15 years, attaining an invaluable breadth of knowledge and skill to assist children with a variety of needs. Katy works with children and their families across North East England, including Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland. She has extensive experience with both the physical and sensory needs of a child, providing bespoke and creative treatment plans.
Katy has worked with many different physical disabilities, conditions such as cerebral palsy, and acquired brain injury. In particular, she works on the development of fine and gross motor skills, helping a child to build up the strength, balance, and coordination to perform activities and maintain independence.
Alongside rehabilitation, Katy will also advise on home adaptations and equipment required to meet the child’s functional needs. For example, this could include a specialist chair or bed to assist with posture and comfort. Katy is an expert in this field, undertaking specialist training in the Chailey Approach to Postural Management.
Katy is dedicated to her continual professional development, regularly attending conferences and lectures to keep up-to-date with the most innovative research. She has completed additional qualifications in Sensory Integration and The Listening Programme, which is music-based therapy to help with mental, physical, and emotional health. Katy has also organised and delivered a range of training programmes for parents, carers, other healthcare professionals, and education staff on topics including handwriting difficulties, sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills.
Katy is a professional member of the Independent Practice section of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
North West England, North East England, Cleveland, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
Sensory Integration, Chailey Postural Management, The Listening Programme
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support
Durham, North East England
Victoria is a specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist from Chester-Le-Street in Durham. She supports children aged 0-18 years presenting with developmental, neurological and sensory processing difficulties. She works in both home and school environments across the North East of England including Newcastle and Sunderland.
With over 15 years of experience, Victoria has a vast knowledge and skill-set relating to different disabilities and conditions including autistic spectrum disorders, down's syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and developmental delay. She provides highly specialist assessments using a variety of standardised, non-standardised and observational assessments, depending on the individual needs of the child.
Victoria utilises both in-person and virtual therapy sessions, focusing on the areas that matter the most to the client such as fine and gross motor skills, balance and coordination, and self-care tasks. Victoria consistently demonstrates advanced clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice within her goal setting and intervention planning. She also has extensive experience of completing EHCP assessments and reports.
North East England, Durham, Tyne and Wear, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne
Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support
Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham
Lucy is a highly skilled Paediatric Occupational Therapist located Chester-Le-Street, County Durham. She visits children and their families across the North East of England, covering Durham, Sunderland, and Newcastle. With over 10 years of experience, Lucy delivers expert and comprehensive assessments, analysing a child’s functional and cognitive needs.
Lucy works with children with a wide range of conditions including cerebral palsy, brain injury, muscular dystrophy, learning disabilities, global developmental delay, and autism. She helps children to develop their fine and gross motor skills, supporting them to complete every day tasks such as dressing and feeding. Her aim is to enable each child to reach their maximum potential and develop skills of independent living. She can also help children with handwriting needs, having undertaken a specialist training course on the subject.
Supporting children with sensory needs, Lucy has completed training in Sensory Integration and The Listening Programme. She is able to offer holistic interventions, addressing a child’s every need both physical and cognitive. Lucy has also completed training on the Chailey Approach to Postural Management, supporting children, their families, and carers with seating and postural needs.
North East England
Chailey Postural Management, The Listening Programme
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Kate is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist based in Newcastle, providing expert assessments and treatment plans to help her clients live as independently as possible. She visits clients at home and in the work place across the North of England including Durham, Cumbria, and Northumberland. Kate has over 20 years of experience, helping clients in a variety of settings and with a wide range of conditions and needs.
Kate specialises in Seating & 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 providing bespoke treatment programmes to support her clients in gaining independence. Kate also conducts holistic assessments and supports her clients with activities of daily living and self-care tasks.
Kate is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Independent Practice.
North West England, North East England, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
DFG Assessments, Postural management
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Covering North East England, including Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, and Durham, Deanne delivers Occupational Therapy for adults, focusing on Moving & Handling, and Seating & Postural Management. Deanne has worked as an OT for over 10 years in many different settings, assessing and treating functional needs relating to rheumatology, orthopaedics, respiratory conditions, and elderly rehabilitation.
Deanne focuses on equipment and adaptations to maximise function and independence in a client’s own home, as well as making recommendations for future care when required. She is passionate about helping people reach their maximum potential and ensures all of her interventions are client-centred and provide positive outcomes for clients and their families.
Deanne is an experienced OT in the management of chronic long-term conditions, understanding how to manage a client’s fatigue, suggesting energy conservation techniques, improving daily living skills, and managing anxiety and stress.
Deanne is also a professional member of the Independent Practice specialist section of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Jennifer is an OT based in Stockton-on-Tees, visiting clients across the North of England. Jennifer specialises in Seating and Postural Management, Housing and Equipment, and Functional Rehab. She has experience helping clients with a range of conditions, with a particular interest in spinal cord injuries.
Jennifer provides comprehensive assessments, evaluating a client’s every need. She strives to improve the client’s independence at home through their ability to safely carry out self-care tasks such as washing, dressing, and eating. She can also advise on specialist wheelchair and seating options to support a client’s mobility and comfort at home and when out in the community.
As a member of the Independent Practice sector with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Jennifer is committed to her professional development. In particular, Jennifer has completed specialist training in sexuality following an injury or illness. So far in her career, Jennifer has worked extensively with the Armed Forces, supporting those with complex injuries by overseeing rehabilitation and return to work programmes.
North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Hull, Salford, Middlesbrough
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural management, Splinting
Tyne and Wear, North East England
Based in Tyne and Wear, Sandra is a Paediatric OT visiting children across the North East. She has over 15 years’ experience, visiting children of all ages in both home and school settings. Sandra has worked in acute and community environments, supporting multi-disciplinary teams with a wide range of conditions. She is experienced supporting those with cerebral palsy, severe learning difficulties, developmental coordination disorder, developmental delay, Down’s syndrome, and brain injury.
Sandra delivers comprehensive assessments, focusing on every child’s individual needs and helping them to develop fundamental skills. She works with children to help with their fine motor skills, dexterity, and visual perception. This enables them to engage with learning and carry out self-care tasks such as dressing and eating, as well as leading to taking part in leisure activities. Sandra is especially skilled in handwriting, co-ordination, and splinting.
Completing her MSc in Developmental Disorders in 2019, Sandra researched the use of Kinesio tape on upper limb function. She is also a member of the Independent Practice specialist section at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Lorraine is a specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She is based in Alnwick in Northumberland and covers a client base across the North of England including Tyne and Wear, Cleveland, and Durham and the Scottish Borders.
Throughout her career, Lorraine has developed expertise on a range of conditions and diagnoses including cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning difficulties, Down’s syndrome, brain injury, sensory processing difficulties, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, orthopaedic trauma injuries and developmental coordination difficulties.
Lorraine utilises her expertise and many years of experience to deliver assessments and interventions. She visits children in both home and school settings to help them reach their maximum potential. Lorraine also has experience working in an OT capacity for local charities to provide assessment and intervention for specialist case management firms to assist with medico-legal claims.
Lorraine is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and continues to develop her skills through training courses and practical experience.
Scotland, Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Borders
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling
Sensory Integration, Chailey Postural Management
Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
With over 15 years’ experience, Kathryn has expertise across a range of conditions and disabilities, specialising in stroke and neurological rehabilitation. Kathryn uses a range of treatments including cognitive exercises, self-care, upper limb rehabilitation, functional skills, driving, and vocational rehabilitation. She is based in Newcastle and visits clients across the North of England.
Kathryn carries out holistic assessments of a client’s needs and works closely with the client and their families to create a bespoke treatment plan and ensures every client has the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential. Kathryn focuses on a client’s ability to safely undertake daily tasks at home including cooking, dressing, and washing. She can also recommend equipment and minor adaptations to support a client’s rehabilitation and to assist with day-to-day tasks. Kathryn can support clients plan and undertake a return to work, liaising with employers to implement a suitable phased return to work and effective pacing strategies.
Derbyshire, East Midlands
Working as an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years, Lisa has worked in many different settings in the NHS, Local Authorities, and in private practice. Lisa specialises in Housing & Equipment, delivering expert home functional assessments of adults and children with highly complex physical disabilities. This can be a result of illness or trauma, neurological and congenital conditions, birth injuries, and chronic pain. Lisa is located in Derbyshire and visits clients across the UK.
Lisa works holistically to identify Moving & Handling and Seating & Postural needs with the client and their family, successfully implementing solutions to enable individuals to participate in day to day activities, engage in purposeful roles, and support them to lead an independent life.
She has held a number of senior and managerial positions within the local authority setting, being responsible for occupational therapy teams and the delivery of the service.
East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Working as an Occupational Therapist, Barbara specialises in Rehabilitation and Seating & Postural Management for adults, having completed postgraduate training in postural assessment and management. Working in and around East Yorkshire, Barbara visits clients in Beverley, Goole, Bridlington, and York.
Working in acute hospital wards and community settings, Barbara has experience treating clients with various physical and neurological conditions. This includes multiple sclerosis, stroke, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Barbara has provided specialist assessments to these clients including postural, environmental, and vocational assessments to identify the needs of her client. As an independent Occupational Therapist, Barbara develops a treatment plan aimed to help regain functional independence in everyday activities. To help clients reach their goals, Barbara can also recommend pieces of equipment including wheelchairs, power chairs, and specialist seating.
North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Loveness is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has developed expertise in Housing & Equipment and Moving & Handling. Located just outside of Kettering, Loveness visits clients across the Midlands including Northampton, Peterborough, Milton Keynes, and Leicester. She supports clients with a wide range of physical conditions including arthritis, amputations, and osteoporosis as well as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and learning difficulties.
Loveness’ vast social services and community experience means she has developed a strong knowledge of patient-centred approaches to care. She is experienced in completing brief and complex assessments of need as well as developing, managing, and modifying individual care plans for desired outcomes. Loveness is skilled in major and minor home adaptations, specialist equipment, DFGs, Blue Badges, mobility assessments, and single-handed care.
Loveness is a highly self-motivated, determined, sociable, and enthusiastic individual who can adapt well in new environments. She is able to use her own initiative and practise professionally in a safe and excellent manner.
North West England, North East England, West Midlands, East Midlands, London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Wolverhampton
Housing and Equipment
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration
Staffordshire, East Midlands
Bethany is a dedicated and passionate Occupational Therapist with an extensive knowledge of rehabilitation, specialist equipment, and moving and handling. She supports clients with a range of physical and neurological conditions such as osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, autism, stroke, and learning difficulties. Bethany is located in Burton-on-Trent and visits clients across the Midlands including Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester.
Bethany provides specialist assessments and recommendations for clients to promote and enable independence living. She prides herself in providing in-depth and holistic assessments and treatment planning specialising in falls, frailty, moving and handling, cognitive assessment, rehab, and specialist equipment provision. Bethany particularly enjoys working with clients and their families to maintain independence in their own homes and promoting engagement in meaningful occupations.
Bethany is a committed professional who believes Occupational Therapy is an essential part to any healthcare setting and a truly client centred service that focuses on enabling and empowering people, promoting independence and positive health and well-being. She has an inbuilt creativity in approaching her clinical work that means she thrives to always find a solution to her clients’ needs.
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Sam is an expert Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has trained and worked internationally. She has completed postgraduate training in a number of courses, including Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, and Seating and Postural Management. Based in Leeds, Sam visits clients in Yorkshire, Manchester and Lancashire.
Sam has worked in various paediatric settings in Australia and the UK including schools, nurseries, NHS, hospitals, and her own private practice in Australia. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children with a broad range of needs and conditions, including children with sensory processing difficulties, ADHD, autism and children requiring help with handwriting and motor skills.
She provides comprehensive assessments at home, in school, or at nursery, working collabritvely with parents, carers, and teachers. Using what she has found in the initial assessment, Sam will recommend and implement a range of therapy techniques that can be used at home or in school, including DIR/ Floortime, sensory integration and sensory diets, neuro developmental approaches and behavioural techniques. Sam is also skilled in using Makaton and kinesiotaping, a rehabilitative taping method.
Sam strives to update her skills through professional development to provide the best advice, assessment and evidence-based practice possible.
North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Wakefield, Salford
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening
Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Social integration
Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)
Based in Edinburgh, Laura is an OT visiting clients across Scotland and the North of England. She specialises in Housing & Equipment, providing holistic assessments and supporting clients with Functional Rehabilitation. Throughout her career, Laura has worked with clients with a wide range of conditions including Parkinson's and dementia, multiple sclerosis, frailty and old age, TIA and stroke, learning disability, mobility issues, depression and anxiety.
Laura delivers rehabilitation focused on supporting clients to regain strength, promote independence, and take part in leisure activities. Laura can support a client with developing their confidence in self-care tasks such as washing and dressing, whilst also developing an effective routine to manage pain and fatigue. Laura has particular expertise with elderly clients, conducting comprehensive risk assessments in the home to help prevent falls and enhance quality of life.
Laura is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, attending professional conferences, utilising new research in her work, and completing additional courses to further her clinical expertise, such as Train the Trainer.
North West England, North East England, Scotland
Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling
Train the trainer
Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability
The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout the Durham region as well as nationwide. We have expert, private therapists covering every clinical specialism in all areas of Durham, including Darlington, Hartlepool, Gateshead, Sunderland and Stockton-on-Tees.
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 Durham therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, paediatrics and hand therapy. By clicking on the profiles above you can find out more about some of our therapists in the region. Alternatively, you can call one of our dedicated and friendly case managers, who will discuss your circumstances with you and guide you towards the right OT. All are registered with the Health Care Professions Council, have at least five years’ clinical experience, and are members of the appropriate professional bodies.
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 Durham 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.
The teamwork that is displayed is excellent, meaning that the client gets an efficient, quality service from beginning to end.Manager, Help & Care
The training session gave great insight into challenges faced by some children. Allowing us to ‘walk a mile in their shoes’ will surely help us create exciting ways in which to provide a wider and more purposeful range of activities in our OT sessionsClassroom Assistant
Mrs Oakland was delighted with the assessment and I really like this report. Sam (therapist) is very specific and has quantified the provision wonderfully well. She has made very clear her recommendations, which is incredibly useful - great report. As ever, I am very grateful to you for your quick response and willingness to work to such incredibly tight deadlines. Thank you.A case manager
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