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.
West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, The Vale of Glamorgan
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural management
Worcestershire, West Midlands
Kate qualified as an occupational therapist in 1989 and has since worked in a variety of clinical settings. She specialises in housing & equipment, as well as providing moving & handling support to adult clients. She has built up an excellent understanding and knowledge of housing, adaptations and independent practitioner, Kate visits clients in their own homes, travelling to areas in the Midlands, South and South West of England.
Since qualifying, Kate has worked with clients in physical and mental equipment, helping clients in regaining independence and living safely within their home.
Kate works with clients with various medical conditions, including arthritis, cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, diabetes and cancer. Working collaboratively with the client and their family, Kate provides expert advice and support to help her client reach their rehabilitation goals and live a life to its maximum potential. This includes the provision of specialist equipment, recommendations of minor and major adaptations and providing safer moving and handling techniques . She will also provide mobility and Blue Badge assessments where necessary.
Kate is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice (COTSSIP), ensuring her clinical knowledge is kept up to date.
West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry
Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation
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.
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
Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
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 management, Wheelchair accreditation
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.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Plymouth, Salford
Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
AMPS, BIA, Therapeutic listening
Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access
Hampshire, 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. Based in Dorset, she travels to Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Weymouth visiting clients at home.
Qualifying in 2007, Katrina has gained experience working for Dorset County Council. She currently works in the adult and community team, where 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.
Working independently, Katrina treats 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 College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
Hampshire, South East of England
Having qualified in 1987, Carmen has spent her career working internationally, including France, South Africa and now in the UK. She specialises in paediatrics, having completed training in therapeutic listening and attachment theory, as well as qualifying as an advanced sensory integration practitioner. Carmen works in the South of England, visiting clients in Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and South London.
Carmen has worked in a variety of paediatric settings, treating very diverse population groups. She has experience working as a community paediatric occupational therapist, assessing and treating children with a variety of conditions, disorders and syndromes, including developmental delay and learning difficulties, mild neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders, sensory processing disorder and autism.
Since 2013, Carmen has worked as an independent OT, supporting children with sensory needs, movement difficulties and challenging behaviours at home and in mainstream, independent and special schools. She works collaboratively with the child and their family, creating bespoke treatment packages, including home programmes and sensory diets. Carmen also provides support to families and schools through educational and healthcare plans, treatment programmes and consultation.
Carmen has provided numerous training sessions and workshops to teachers, support staff, OT colleagues and parents on sensory processing, an area she is very qualified in and passionate about. She continues her membership of the Sensory Integration Network, as well as the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Children, Young People & Families.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, London - South
Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening
Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support, Sensory attachment intervention
Hampshire, South East of England
Amanda is an expert occupational therapist (OT) who specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and moving & handling. Amanda is also a qualified Best Interests Assessor (BIA). Based in Portsmouth, Amanda travels to Fareham, Southampton, Winchester, Andover and Basingstoke to see clients at home.
Amanda currently works in the community and has previously worked in acute hospital settings for the NHS. She has experience treating clients with a variety of clinical needs, such as Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, spinal injuries and orthopaedic traumas, as well as working with clients with mental health needs.
Carrying out independent assessments with clients at home, Amanda will work with the family to ensure all of her client's needs are being met. She will develop a treatment programme which aims to improve the clients overall functional independence; this could include minor and major housing adaptations, equipment provision and moving & handling advice.
Amanda is committed to continuing her learning and development and keeping up to date with recent advancements in the field of OT. Part of this is through her membership of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Isle of Man
Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills
Somerset, West and South West of England
William is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist specialising in Neuro Rehab. He is based in the South West of England and experienced in working with clients with acquired brain injury.
William has experience in supporting clients along the whole rehab pathway; from the acute stage of their injury onto slow stream rehabilitation and long-term community rehabilitation.
William uses a range of person-centred approaches and techniques to overcome the 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’ subtle yet significant difficulties and can tailor his approach to maximise their rehabilitation potential.
William is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists including specialist sections for independent practice and neurological practice.
Warwickshire, South East of England
Laura provides occupational therapy to clients at home, travelling to areas of Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, as well as Milton Keynes and London. She specialises in rehabilitation, assessing client's neurological, functional and vocational rehabilitation needs. Her expertise also focuses on seating & postural management, in which she has completed postgraduate training.
Qualifying in 2004, Laura has since specialised in neurological rehabilitation, working in acute, community and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She assesses motor, sensory and cognitive function and evaluates the impact of these on activities of daily living, through standardised and non - standardised assessments. From this, Laura formulates client centred treatment plans and evaluates progress through goal setting and outcome measures.
Laura supports clients and their families in their rehabilitation and any adjustments they may have needed to make due to their condition or disability. She offers advice on specialist equipment and safer moving and handling, as well as exploring the later stages of rehabilitation such as returning to education, employment and leisure roles. This includes the provision of specialist seating and wheelchairs to maximise the functional independence of her clients.
Laura has completed extensive post graduate training in upper limb interventions, offering mirror box therapy, motor imagery and splinting to clients.
West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire
Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care
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.
West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling
Train the trainer
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.
Wiltshire, South of England
Since completing her degree at St Loye’s School of Occupational Therapy in Exeter in 1996, Louise has worked in a variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors. After qualifying, she spent two years in an NHS rotational post gaining a wider knowledge of disabilities and dysfunctions that impact on an individual’s life.
For the past twenty years her experience has been community based focusing on adult physical disability and the way in which Occupational Therapy can help individuals achieve and regain independence. This has included assessment as well as sourcing and provision of standard and bespoke equipment, including that necessary for safe moving and handling, specialist seating, postural management and tissue viability. It has also included assessment for major and minor adaptations to clients homes working extensively with architects, builders and housing teams.
South East of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management
Train the trainer
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural management
Wiltshire, South East of England
Jane is an expert occupational therapist based in Hampshire, visiting clients in Basingstoke, Andover, Southampton and Winchester. She works with adults and children, assessing and treating housing & equipment and seating & postural management needs. Jane also works within neurological and functional rehabilitation.
Since qualifying in 2000, Jane has worked in acute and community settings, as well as working privately. She provides assessment and treatment to clients of all ages focusing on their housing and equipment needs, as well as working with clients who require seating and postural advice and guidance.
Jane uses her previous clinical experience and expert knowledge when making recommendations to help her client maximise on their independence. She has experience liaising with architects and builders to help create an environment bespoke to each client's individual requirements, including advice on minor and major housing adaptations and safe manual handling in the home.
Jane has in-depth knowledge of current legislation and it's impact on assessment and intervention. She has extensive experience of adapting properties through the Disabled Facilities Grant process as well as private funding.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Worcestershire, West Midlands
Marie is an experienced children's Occupational Therapist covering Worcestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire.
Marie has many years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist in both the NHS and the private sector. Marie has previously worked with adults but currently works with children. Marie is used to Multi-Disciplinary working and works well supporting families, carers and therapy support staff to implement treatment and rehabilitation programmes.
Marie is a trained Bobath Therapist and has experience of working with children with complex therapy and equipment needs. Marie can therefore write and implement treatment programmes.
Marie has worked with clients with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Acquired Brain Injury, Learning disability, Complex needs, Life limiting conditions and Epidermolysis Bullosa.
West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire
Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability
Worcestershire, West and South West of England
Anthea is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist working with both adults and children covering the Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire areas.
Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2007, Anthea has specialised in working with children, young people and their families. She is committed to her clients and has been told that she ‘helps children to shine’. Anthea has worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Occupational Therapist in a Tier 4 service, as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in paediatrics and learning disability, and in vocational rehabilitation.
With post qualification training including Sensory Integration and Therapeutic Listening, Anthea has worked with young people with conditions such as autism, ADD/ADHD, neurological developmental disorders, motor coordination difficulties, mental health and sensory processing disorders.
Anthea takes an enthusiastic, forward thinking and professional approach to work. She has been commended consistently for her strong family centred approach and for her ability to plan and implement interventions at a high standard and with efficiency, creativity and initiative, also for her sensitive and emphatic nature.
Anthea is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and of the Sensory Integration Network.
West and South West of England, Wales, Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation
Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening, Certificate in Education
Fatigue management, Motivational issues, 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, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability
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.
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
Hand Therapy, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments
Jonathan is a highly specialised Children’s OT with over 19 years experience in working with children and young people with complex needs. He offers expert advice to help clients reach their maximum potential.
His expertise relates to major and minor housing adaptations as well as resourcing and prescribing specialist paediatric equipment. He is able to carry out specialist assessments to identify solutions to promote the child’s/young person’s independence, privacy and dignity in performing daily activities. Jonathan also takes into account the needs of parents and carers in supporting clients and offers carers assessments if appropriate.
Jonathan is committed to continuing his professional development and has attended a high number of course to expand his knowledge in his field.
West Midlands, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, London - West, Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management
Birmingham, West Midlands
Laura has worked as an OT since qualifying in 2001. She has successfully assessed and treated clients in the field of neurology and aquired brain injury since 2005.
Working with a diverse age range and disabilities she prides herself on being able to develop great working relationships and adapts her approaches, which are key to achieving confidence and clients goals.
Laura believes that everyone deserves the right to access therapy as there is always something that can improve someone's day to day life and loves problem solving and new challenges.
Laura is client centred, holistic, driven, passionate and the best advocate for her clients. Always striving for the best, Laura has excellent communication skills and the ability to deliver timely assessments and detailed professional reports. Laura keeps herself motivated and up to date with continuing professional development and always believes she has something new to learn.
West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Splinting
The OT Practice provides private occupational therapy services in and around Gloucestershire as well as the rest of the UK. We have experienced therapists covering every specialism throughout Gloucestershire including Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.
Our practice is based on our reputation for building trusted relationships with our clients. Since ethics are at the heart of our vocation as health care professionals, we always recommend alternatives to our own services if we believe they are better suited to a client's particular needs.
Our Gloucestershire therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, paediatrics and hand therapy. You can discover more about some of the therapists we have in the region by clicking on their profiles above, or you are welcome to call one of our client managers who will talk through your needs and find the right OT for you. 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 Gloucestershire 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.
Caroline (therapist) was fantastic, and for the first time it felt like someone was actually listening to me. It was great to actually have some positive feedback and advice as opposed to "carry on as you are". We have taken on board everything in the report and fingers crossed we can help Emily. Many thanks.Mother of a private client aged 8
The OT Practice has proved a highly effective resource in establishing the needs of our potential beneficiaries, producing tailored reports that facilitate grant panel decisions. Many beneficiaries do not fully realise and even suppress their needs; we have found the OT visits act as a catalyst to open their minds to practices and adaptations that can enhance their lives. This is a great service and one that has become an essential part of our care and wellbeing operationChairman, The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
I was in a difficult position and needed treatment for my client at very short notice. The OT Practice was great, reacting very quickly and professionally to my client’s clinical needs.Case Manager, Head First
I received a prompt and informative reply to my request for information about the services they offer and how they would be able to meet the needs of the children in our very large primary school. We have been delighted with the service that we have received from the extremely knowledgeable Occupational Therapist and many children and staff have benefitted greatly.School SENCO
I just wanted to check in with you after 2 sessions to say thank you for the progress you are making with Lydia, for being creative with your exercises and for making them such fun for Lydia.Mother of private client aged 4