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Private occupational therapy in Northern Ireland

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Oonagh

Down, Northern Ireland

Oonagh is a specialist Hand Therapist with over 10 years’ experience. She works with clients with injuries and conditions affecting the hands and upper limbs, supporting them with pain management, strength and mobility, and splinting. Oonagh is based in Bangor, just outside of Belfast, visiting clients in Antrim, Armagh, and Down.

Throughout her career, Oonagh has helped clients with a wide range of traumatic injuries including fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, soft tissue injuries, and the amputation of digits. She also works with clients experiencing chronic and long-term conditions affecting the hands and upper limbs such as carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic regional pain syndrome, and rheumatological conditions.

Oonagh completes detailed assessments of her client’s functional needs, creating bespoke treatment plans that focus on rehabilitation as well as the provision of specialised equipment. Her overall aim is to improve her client’s safety and independence at home and in the workplace, enabling them to effectively complete activities of daily living.

Oonagh is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the British Association of Hand Therapists. She regularly attends training courses to develop her skills and knowledge and to ensure that her practice is based on the most up to date evidence and research. Oonagh has completed several specialist courses including the BAHT level 2 course on the wrist, a master’s module on service improvement, and the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute’s Explain Pain course.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Belfast

Specialisms

Hand Therapy

Specialist skills

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

Anna

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Working in Northern Ireland, Anna has over 20 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist, with expertise in Neurological Rehabilitation, Housing & Equipment, and Seating & Postural Management. Anna visits clients in and around Antrim, Londonderry, Tyrone, and Belfast.

Anna provides specialist assessments and treatment to clients with a range of complex needs, including those with neurological and physical conditions. She specialises in stroke rehabilitation having completed an MSc in Stroke Practice. She carries out assessments and rehabilitation to help clients in recovery and adjusting to living at home after hospital discharge.

Anna builds strong, therapeutic relationships effectively with clients and family members to achieve positive outcomes and reach their treatment goals. Once assessed, Anna provides treatment which focuses on maximising functional potential, including advice and support on mobility, prescription of specialist seating and wheelchairs and help with carrying out activities of daily living. Specific treatment interventions also include upper limb rehabilitation and working on cognitive and perceptual skills.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Belfast

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Joanne

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Joanne is a highly skilled Paediatric OT based in Magherafelt, Mid-Ulster. She visits clients across Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Tyrone, Antrim, and Londonderry. Joanne has over 10 years of experience, working with children with many different conditions and functional needs. She aims to maximise a child’s independence, developing self-care skills such as toileting, washing, dressing, and feeding.

Joanne provides assessments and treatment in either a home or school setting, considering a child’s fine and gross motor skills, behaviour, social integration, and more. Joanne has specialist background working with autism spectrum disorders and is trained to conduct Assessments of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) which will measure a child’s activities daily living. This analyses how the child performs during these tasks, looking at their level of independence, safety, and efficiency.

Joanne aims to work with child to develop a daily routine and enable them to confidently complete daily tasks. This also includes managing any anxiety and social difficulties.

Joanne is a member of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists and is committed to her continual professional development.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Belfast

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Karen

Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Karen is an OT based in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, delivering Housing & Equipment assessments and Functional Rehabilitation. Karen works with clients with a wide range of conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, learning difficulties, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, and multiple sclerosis. Her holistic approach helps clients to adapt to a newly diagnosed condition or retain maximum independence with an ongoing condition.

Karen oversees a client’s rehabilitation, focusing on their gross and fine motor skills, balance, and coordination which will enable them to safely and confidently complete self-care tasks independently. Karen supplements her treatment programmes with equipment and home adaptations to support mobility and comfort. She helps clients to develop routines which can also effectively manage pain and fatigue. Karen can also provide guidance on DFG assessments, supporting clients and their families with eligibility and applications.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Ireland, Londonderry, Tyrone

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management

Mary Kate

Belfast, Londonderry

Mary Kate is a highly skilled OT based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, specialising in Housing & Equipment, Functional Rehab, and Seating & Postural Management. Mary Kate is particularly interested in specialist seating and wheelchairs, offering expert consultations and recommendations. Mary Kate visits clients across all of Northern Ireland including Belfast, Londonderry, Tyrone, and Antrim.

Mary Kate has over 10 years’ experience helping adults with a wide range of injuries and conditions including fractures, knee and hip replacements, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s. She offers holistic assessments, considering a client’s needs at home and can advise on supportive equipment as well as complex housing adaptations. Mary Kate also works with clients experiencing pain or fatigue, enabling them to manage their condition and facilitating them to safely and effectively carry out activities of daily living such as cooking and cleaning. She also offers DFG and Blue Badge advice.

Always striving to improve her clinical knowledge, Mary Kate recently competed a master’s module in Environmental Design at Ulster University.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Belfast

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation

Our private OT’s in Northern Ireland

The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout Northern Ireland, covering every clinical specialism across County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry and County Tyrone.

Whether you are looking for support for yourself, a family member or client, our skilled and motivated practitioners always provide the quality of care that we would desire for our own families - the very best. We know that every case is difference, so we listen to understand your goals in order to tailor our care to your needs.

Our private therapists cover every area of OT, including paediatrics, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, neurological or functional rehabilitation and hand therapy. For more information on some of our expert therapists in Northern Ireland, please click on the profiles shown above. Alternatively, our dedicated client managers can provide a free initial consultation by telephone, as the first step in finding you the OT best matched to your needs. Being a private practice, there are no clinic visits or opening hours to worry about - we arrange home or workplace visits at times convenient to our clients, including evenings and weekends.

We also have a dedicated paediatrics team at The OT Practice, so if you are considering referring a child then please visit the OT Practice Kids section of our website to learn more.

Our OT’s are helping people throughout Northern Ireland 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

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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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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Standing & self support

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

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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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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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Disabling tiredness

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

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Personal care & dressing

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

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Self-care skills

A child’s ability to carry out basic self care tasks such as dressing, teeth cleaning or using cutlery

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Confidence

Equipping children struggling with class participation and friendships due to shyness or faltering self-confidence, with the skills & self-belief they need.

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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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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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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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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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Planning activities

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

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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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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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Cooking & household activities

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

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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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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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Visual perceptual skills

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

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Can we help?

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

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