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Private occupational therapy in the South West of England

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Ellie

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.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, The Vale of Glamorgan

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural managemen

Greg

Bristol, Swansea

Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2007, Greg has worked with adults in a variety of clinical settings. He specialises in housing & equipment, seating & postural management and moving & handling, in which he is also qualified to train other health care professionals. Greg is based in Wiltshire and visits clients in the areas of Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Swindon and Trowbridge, as well as travelling to Gloucestershire and south Wales.

Greg has worked with clients in a variety of settings including treating individuals with long term neurological conditions, those in palliative care, and also intermediate care. He has established clinical skills in moving and handling, adaptations and postural management, including the provision of specialist equipment, hoists and slings to help support the client and their families and carers.

Greg has case management experience in working with adult clients with brain injuries and complex disabilities, including those with mental health needs. He has also has skills in being an advocate and providing support to his client and their family, as well as implementing programmes to support them with returning to work and regaining their independence.

Greg maintains his professional memberships, including the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Housing.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South East of England, Wales, Avon, Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, London - West, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

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

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Ann-Marie

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Having trained internationally, Ann-Marie now works in Bristol visiting children and their families in the areas of Weston-super-Mare, Nailsea, Portishead and also travels to Cardiff, Wales. Since graduating in 2000, she has completed training in and qualified with a postgraduate qualification in sensory integration.

Having previously worked within the community and for social services, Ann-Marie now provides independent assessments and treatment programmes to children at home, in school or at nursery. Using her expert knowledge and training in sensory integration, Ann-Marie helps children with a variety of clinical needs such as autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

Ann-Marie works with the family to help them reach their personal goals, with an aim for the child to become as independent as possible in their everyday lives and reach their maximum potential. This includes offering school support, including assistance with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), help with handwriting and fine motor function, as well advice and recommendations on specialist equipment.

Ann-Marie maintains active professional development to ensure she is delivering the highest standards of care to her clients, including attending conferences and training, and being a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Cardiff

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support

Heidi

The Vale of Glamorgan, West and South West of England

Heidi qualified as an occupational therapist in 1991, specialising in neurological rehabilitation early on in her career. She visits clients in their home environment, travelling around the South West of England, as well seeing clients in Wales. Heidi has completed various postgraduate training courses to keep her knowledge up to date, including upper limb rehabilitation and functional electrical stimulation.

Heidi works with adults with various neurological conditions including Multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and multiple pathology including neuro-psychiatric conditions. She has gained expertise in a range of settings across acute, inpatients and community based working. She also gained experience and training at the prestigious National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, where she became a qualified AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) assessor.

Carrying out functional and neurological assessments with clients in their home, Heidi works with family, carers and other professionals to maximise the client's overall function and independence. She uses a range of treatments and interventions, including upper limb therapy, cognitive strategies, Bobath moving and handling skills and fatigue management. She also prescribes specialist seating, offering expert advice and guidance on postural management.

Heidi has co-published a paper on 'The management of fatigue in MS' (BJOT, 1998), as well as being an active member of the special interest group for neurology.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, The Vale of Glamorgan, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

PIPs, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care

Val

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.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West and South West of England, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Plymouth, Salford

Specialisms

Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, BIA, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Counselling, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access

Suzi

Plymouth, Somerset

Suzi qualified as an occupational therapist in 1996 and has spent her career working with adults and children in a variety of clinical settings. She specialises in rehabilitation, assessing her client's functional, neurological and vocational rehabilitation needs. Based in Plymouth, Suzi works in South West England and travels to homes in Barnstaple, Exeter, Dartmouth and Newton Abbott.

Having worked in private practice for many years, Suzi has gained extensive experience working with a range of clients. This includes managing medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, amputation, brain injury and mental health diagnoses. Assessing in the home environment, Suzi provides her client and their family advice and support, including a treatment plan which outlines recommendations and therapeutic intervention required to help the client regain their independence.

Suzi has experience working with clients with complex postural difficulties, identifying pieces of specialist equipment to support postural alignment and offer advice on safe moving & handling within the home and community. She also offers therapeutic support to clients dealing with the frustration that goes along with a life changing event, including clients with anxiety and low mood.

Alongside her clinical OT work, Suzi works as an independent case manager, providing services for adults and children living with complex brain injuries and/or physical disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Self care, Postural managemen, Wheelchair accreditation

Our private OT’s in the South West of England

The OT Practice provides expert, independent occupational therapy services throughout the South West as well as nationwide. We have experienced private therapists to cover every clinical specialism, servicing the entire region including Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

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 therapists in the South West region cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, housing & equipment, seating & postural management, paediatrics and hand therapy. For more information on some of our expert therapists in the region, please click on the profiles shown above. Alternatively, our dedicated client managers can provide you a free initial consultation by telephone, as the first step in finding you the OT best matched to your needs. 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 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 the South West of England 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

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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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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Visual perceptual skills

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

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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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Planning activities

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Personal care & dressing

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

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Seating - wheelchairs & comfy chairs

Practical advice and solutions for seating including wheelchairs and comfy seating

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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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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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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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Getting back to work or remaining in work

Addressing barriers to work following an accident or period of illness

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Children's handwriting difficulties

Practical advice and treatment to improve handwriting and boost confidence

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Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
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British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
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The Royal British Legion
Mole Valley District Council
Guildford Borough Council
Masons
Fashion, Textile, Childrens Trust
Waverley Borough Council
The Good Care Group
Bank Workers Charity
Bracknell Forest Council
Lawray Architects
Leicestershire County Council
Newlife Charity
Family Focused Case Management
Proclaim Care
Viavi
CCMS
Sunrise
AJM Healthcare
Tania Brown
More Than Mobility
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
UK Case Management
HCML
Help & Care
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Baston House School
Papworth Trust
Plymouth City Council
Anchor
L&Q
Grayshott Spa
Bush & Company Rehabilitation
Invictus Health
Runnymede Borough Council

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