Neurological Occupational Therapist
BAOT BSc Hons
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I have been interested in fulfilling a caring role since I was a child. initially I thought I would go into nursing, until I completed work experience at the age of 15. I shadowed an inspirational Occupational therapist who was so motivated that I changed career path, which led me to where I am today. I remain as enthused and motivated in this role as I was that day.
My career has taken me on a varied path, working with a range of ages from young adults to 100+ in both mental and physical health. The key thing I have gained from this is just how important health and wellbeing is to how we as individuals feel about ourselves, and function in our roles; be it employer, employee, parent, child, friend etc. During my student career I undertook a placement on a stroke rehabilitation ward; it was here that I first saw how devastating the effect of a stroke can be, as it often interrupts someone’s life so abruptly. However day 1 of a stroke is not the end, and recovery can occur years later.
I have also seen first-hand, how often as a therapist our expectations of recovery are lower than that of the people we are working with. I have had the pleasure in my career to work for many years with a wide range of neurological patients, who have exceeded my expectations and I feel honoured to have been part of their recovery. Their motivation has driven me to improve my skills to help facilitate their path to recovery.
I have completed many stroke specialist courses including: Bobath, Motor relearning, cognitive rehabilitation and constraint therapy. The most recent string I have added to my bow, is in dynamic saeboflex splinting, which has given me the pleasure of helping one of my early patients regain hand function, 10 years post stroke.
I feel that as an Occupational therapist, I treat patients very eclectically and view many ways to achieve a goal. Sometimes a piece of equipment solves the problem of reduced function and I have an extensive knowledge of adaptive equipment as well as experience in motor and cognitive rehabilitation. I am keen to access all my tools to help people achieve their goals.
My motto (stolen, I am not sure from who) is “life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”.