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Private occupational therapy on the Isle of Wight

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Carolyn

Hampshire, South of England

Based in Hampshire, Carolyn is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with considerable expertise in neuro-rehabilitation. With over 20 years’ experience, Carolyn has worked in a variety of inpatient and community settings, gaining experience of assessing and treating people with traumatic brain injury, with difficulties ranging from high level executive dysfunction, to Persistent Vegetative State (PVS).

She is experienced working alongside family members, support staff, and other therapists to maximise an individual's function. She is passionate about empowerment and taking a client centred approach, publishing research on use of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in BJOT.

Carolyn has considerable experience of managing occupational therapists, support staff and multidisciplinary teams. She regularly engages in continued professional development, and has recently completed the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) training, as well as attended courses on sleep, fatigue and managing symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, London - South, London - West, Southampton

Specialisms

Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Rachael

Hampshire, South of England

Rachael is a dedicated Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She has experience with many conditions including complex neurological conditions, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), and orthopaedic conditions. Rachael is located in Hook, covering a client base across Hampshire and the South East. She has enhanced clinical skills in Moving & Handling, Seating & Postural Management, specialist equipment provision, adaptations, DFG applications, and rehabilitation.

Having worked in a specialist residential school & college for students, Rachael is highly knowledgeable of complex conditions such as cerebral palsy. Rachael can confidently assess and recommend equipment and adaptions as well as implement treatment plans to maximise function and independence.

Rachael completes regular training in Moving & Handling techniques and the latest seating and equipment provisions. Rachael is a member of the Sensory Integration Network and has completed post graduate training in sensory processing, assistive technology, and postural management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Sharne

Hampshire, South of England

Based in Fareham, near Portsmouth and Southampton, Sharne is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She focuses on Housing & Equipment, Functional Rehabilitation, and Moving & Handling. Sharne works with clients with acquired injuries, hip and knee replacements, and numerous neurological conditions including, stroke, Guillain Barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Sharne aims to make every client feel confident in their own home, through adapted techniques to complete routine tasks and equipment aids to support daily activity.

Sharne focuses on a client’s ability to safely and comfortably undertake self-care and domestic tasks at home, which typically includes washing and dressing, cooking and cleaning, and getting out and about. Sharne will assess a client’s current capability and will devise a tailored therapy programme, considering both current and future needs. Sharne aims to deliver holistic therapy, considering a client’s functional and equipment requirements. She can recommend minor and major home adaptations designed to improve a client’s quality of life and provide training of assistive equipment. Sharne also offers support to clients and their families applying for Disabled Funding Grants (DFG).

Sharne is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Brighton, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care

Suzanne

Hampshire, South of England

Suzanne is a highly skilled Paediatric OT who has been helping children with a broad range of complex needs for over 15 years. Suzanne helps children and their families manage fatigue, pain, fine and gross motor skills, and self-care. Located in Basingstoke, Suzanne covers a client base across the South of England including Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire.

Suzanne has gained extensive experience through her career in a hospital setting, specialising in areas such as rheumatology (including chronic pain), neurology, orthopaedics, oncology and burns. She has an excellent knowledge of these complex areas and the practical solutions to help manage recovery and life with long-term conditions. In particular, Suzanne will assess a child’s independence and ability to undertake activities of daily living (ADL). From these assessments, Suzanne can recommend suitable equipment and splinting where viable and facilitate external support from other clinics, community programmes, and charities.

Suzanne also delivers specialist therapy for children with handwriting difficulties, focusing on the child’s individual needs, whether hand strength and coordination, concentration, or shoulder stability. Suzanne has worked in many schools providing tailored assessments and therapy, working with both children and staff to enhance the child’s education potential.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Splinting

Ellie

Southampton, Hampshire

Ellie is a highly skilled OT based in Southampton. She specialises in Neurological Rehabilitation and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, supporting clients at a home or work environment to retain their maximum level of independence. She covers a client base across Hampshire and the South of England.

With over 15 years of experience, Ellie has worked with clients with a range of complex conditions including traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, progressive neurological conditions, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has expertise in a variety of therapies such as cognitive rehabilitation, complex postural management, fatigue management, sensory re-education, activities of daily living, perceptual difficulties, and vocational rehabilitation. Ellie also has experience in adult and older people’s mental health and wheelchair provisions.

Ellie has experience working as an expert witness, writing medico-legal reports, and is currently working as a specialist Occupational Therapist in the field of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural management

Charlotte

Southampton, Hampshire

Based in Southampton, Charlotte is an OT specialising in Functional Rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment. She visits clients across the South of England including Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. Charlotte works to support client’s achieve their personal goals, from regaining independence at home to participating in leisure activities.

Charlotte works holistically to assess a client’s every need. She helps clients to manage pain and fatigue by developing bespoke routines and activity plans, recommending equipment aids, and where appropriate housing adaptations. Charlotte also supports clients with anxiety and memory difficulties, helping them to effectively plan and prioritise activities of daily life and set personal goals.

Charlotte has a particular specialism in cancer rehabilitation. As a member of the Oncology and Palliative Care Specialist Section at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and previously holding a lead role in a cancer rehabilitation clinic, Charlotte delivers expert care focusing on both the physical and mental aspects of therapy.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Certificate in Education

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Balance, Planning & execution, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Amanda

Hampshire, South East of England

Amanda is an expert Occupational Therapist who specialises in Housing & Equipment, Rehabilitation, and Moving & Handling. She is located in Portsmouth, visiting clients in Fareham, Southampton, Winchester, Andover, and Basingstoke.

Amanda has worked in a variety of settings withing the community and acute hospital settings for the NHS. She has experience treating clients with a variety of clinical needs such as multiple sclerosis, dementia, spinal injuries, orthopaedic traumas, as well as working with clients with mental health needs. Amanda is also a qualified Best Interests Assessor (BIA).

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 provisions, 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 at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Specialist Sections 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, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Isle of Man

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

BIA

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills

Gomathi

Hampshire, South East of England

Gomathi is a physiotherapist located in Basingstoke, Hampshire, visiting clients across the South of England. Throughout her extensive career, Gomathi has worked with adults and children with a wide range of conditions and injuries. She now specialises in paediatrics, specifically in neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury (ABI), and various neuromuscular disorders.

Gomathi provides holistic assessments, evaluating a client’s needs at home and in a school setting. She helps to develop a client’s strength, balance, and co-ordination through exercises and supportive equipment. In particular, Gomathi provides specialist seating and postural advice, drawing on her training of the Chailey approach.

Gomathi is a member of Medico-Legal Chartered Physiotherapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

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Profession

Physiotherapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Gross motor skills, Balance, Co-ordination, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Wheelchair accreditation

Becky

Berkshire, South East of England

Supporting children and their families in the South of England, Becky is a specialist in Housing & Equipment. She has gained a vast amount of experience working with children and young adults with complex physical and learning needs including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and autism. She carries out expert assessments and provides tailored treatment plans to children and their families both at home and in school.

Becky is committed to enabling her clients to be independent and maintain function at home for as long as possible by offering advice, suggesting practical solutions, advising on equipment, aids and adaptations to meet their individual needs.

Becky is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and expands her knowledge by regularly undertaking additional training.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural management, Makaton

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

Sacha

Hampshire, South East of England

Sacha qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1989 and has over 20 years experience of working as an OT in Health, Neuro rehabilitation, Adult Social Care and Housing. Sacha can provide advice on major adaptations and new build design to meet the long term needs of an individual and their families and carers.

Sacha's area of expertise includes major adaptation work for adults and children with physical disabilities, assessment and recommendation for housing needs, equipment provision to maximise independence in the home environment, experience with new build design for wheelchair housing and refurbishments.

Sacha is experienced in assessing functional difficulties within the home environment and has good knowledge of equipment, minor and major adaptations to maximise independence within the home environment.

Sacha is a member for the College of OT Specialist Section in Housing and maintains her professional development and supervision regularly, attending CPD sessions, training courses and conferences to enhance her practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Katy

Hampshire, South East of England

Katy has over 14 years experience in the field of paediatrics and has worked in Canada and the UK in the public and private sectors. She is a professional, approachable and flexible person who demonstrates determination and enthusiasm working with children, schools and families. She values the importance of delivering expertise and quality of care using a holistic and child-family approach.

Katy ensures she keeps up-to-date with current evidence-based practice and clinical skills by being a member of various special interest groups, attending courses and mentoring other OTs.

Katy is qualified in Sensory Integration and the Bobath approach. She can also assess and use specialist equipment, e.g. sleep system, supportive seating systems and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC).

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey

Specialisms

Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support

Our private OT’s on the Isle of Wight

The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout the Isle of Wight region as well as nationwide. We have expert, private therapists covering every clinical specialism in all areas of Isle of Wight, including Cowes, Ryde, Shanklin, Newport and Ventnor.

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 Isle of Wight therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, paediatrics and hand therapy. For a free initial consultation over the telephone, please call one of our dedicated client managers who will be able to find you the right OT. You can also learn more about some of the private therapists in our Isle of Wight team from their profiles above. All are registered with the Health Care Professions Council, have at least five years’ clinical experience, and are members of the appropriate professional bodies.

If your enquiry relates to children’s occupational therapy, you can learn more about our dedicated paediatrics team by visiting the OT Practice Kids section of our site.

Our OT’s are helping people on the Isle of Wight 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

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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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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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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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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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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Getting back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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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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Visual perceptual skills

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

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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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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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Personal care & dressing

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

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Low motivation (strategies)

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

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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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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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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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Standing & self support

Assisting with standing and self-support following an illness, accident, or with advancing age

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Disabling tiredness

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

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Planning activities

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

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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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Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
Or email enquiries@theotpractice.co.uk

Some companies & organisations we have worked with

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

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