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Private occupational therapy on the Isle of Wight

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Amanda

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.

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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

Katrina

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.

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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

Karen

Hertfordshire, South East of England

Karen is based near Watford, visiting clients across London and the Home Counties. With extensive experience in Housing & Equipment, Karen can recommend basic and complex home adaptations, including extensions. Whether a small piece of equipment or large adaptation, Karen’s aim is to help a client regain and maintain independence at home. Karen works with adults with a wide range of physical disabilities, brain and spinal injuries, and conditions such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and motor neurone disease.

Through her rehabilitation programmes, Karen seeks to recommend practical strategies to overcome common issues such as getting in and out of the home, personal care and dressing, cooking and cleaning. These measures aim to help reduce the risk of falls, increase mobility, and build confidence. Karen can also advise on Seating & Postural Management, recommending suitable seating and standing aids.

Karen can advise and support clients through DFG Assessments, understanding the process and what is required. Karen is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections for Independent Practice and Housing, and has also completed additional qualifications in Housing Adaptations and Design.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Laura

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.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Jane

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.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Becky

London - South, Surrey

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, Becky has gained a vast amount of experience in working with children & young adults with complex physical and learning needs in various settings including educational, residential and in their own homes.

Prior to training as an Occupational Therapist, Becky worked for 22 years with disabled children & young adults and brings that wealth of experience to her role as an OT. She carries out expert assessments and provides tailored treatment plans to children and their families & carers both at home and in school, helping children to reach their maximum potential.

Becky expands her knowledge of OT by attending training sessions and she is also a mentor for Occupational Therapy students at Bournemouth and South Bank universities.

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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

Sarah S

Southampton, Hampshire

Sarah is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist working with clients with a range of conditions across Hampshire and the south. Qualifying in 2001, Sarah studied at the University of Southampton and has worked across the public and private sectors with clients on wards, in clinics and within their own homes.

Sarah is an expert in carrying out physical assessments and providing tailored treatment programmes to clients to enable them to gain maximum independence. She has great skills in working with client’s who have mental health conditions and learning difficulties. She also carries out assessments for home adaptations and community access as well as working with clients with brain injuries.

In addition to clinical work Sarah has contributed to various projects, clinical audits, research articles and has been acknowledged for contributing towards the NICE guidelines.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration

Carolyn

Southampton, Hampshire

Carolyn is a highly experienced occupational therapist, with considerable expertise in neuro-rehabilitation. Having qualified at the Essex School of Occupational Therapy in 1992, Carolyn 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

Southampton, Hampshire

Rachael is a dedicated Occupational Therapist with 10 years post qualification experience in moving & handling, seating & postural management, specialist equipment provision, adaptations, DFG applications and rehabilitation. She have experience with many conditions including complex neurological and orthopaedic conditions.

For the past 2 years she has been working at a specialist residential school & college for students with profound and multiple physical and learning disability, predominantly Cerebral Palsy, which has enhanced her clinical skills with highly complex disability.

Rachael completes annual training in moving & handling, seating and equipment to ensure her knowledge and practice are current as well as regular training with equipment reps.

Rachael can confidently assess and recommend equipment and adaptions and as well as implement treatment plans to maximise function and independence. She able to support service users through the DFG process to ensure their home facilitates their quality of life.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Ellie

Southampton, Hampshire

Ellie is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist specialising in Neurological rehabilitation and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome covering Hampshire and the South of England.

Ellie has experienced a range of different specialities including adult and older people’s mental health, neurological rehabilitation and wheelchair provision. She has worked with clients with a range of complex conditions including traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, progressive neurological conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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 alongside her role with The OT Practice which she started in 2018.

Ellie is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

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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, Splinting

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, Therapeutic listening, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support

Rachel

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Working with both children and adults, Rachel provides expert occupational therapy in a home or school environment. She specialises in rehabilitation, providing assessments and treatment to clients with a variety of clinical needs and conditions. Rachel is based in Hertfordshire, travelling to Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans, as well as into London visiting clients and their families.

Since qualifying in 2006, Rachel has worked for the NHS, for charities and also in private practice, including within a specialist residential eating disorder service providing clients with individual therapy sessions and facilitating a weekly life skills group. She treats children with neuro-developmental conditions, as well as both adults and children with mental health needs.

Rachel uses a number of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and sensory integration, in which she has completed postgraduate qualifications. Ensuring her client is at the centre of her care, Rachel works with the client and their family to help them regain functional independence and reach personal goals.

Rachel is committed to her professional development and is a member of several specialist clinical practice groups. This allows her to keep her skills and knowledge up to date and relevant to current practice.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, AMPS

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, 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

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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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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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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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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Disabling tiredness

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

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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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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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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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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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Cooking & household activities

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

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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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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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Personal care & dressing

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

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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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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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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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Planning activities

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

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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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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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Can we help?

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

Some companies & organisations we have worked with

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

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