Cath has over 20 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings. For 10 years Cath worked in a social care team, developing her assessment skills and clinical knowledge of equipment and adaptations in the community, whilst working with children with a wide variety of needs and their families.
Cath then moved to a Children’s Hospice where she gained invaluable experience into the complex medical needs of children and young adults with life limiting conditions. In a role incorporating professional occupational therapy and hands-on 1:1 care, she gained an insight into the efficacy of equipment and adaptations and how the demands of caring for an individual with complex needs affects the whole family. Cath also developed her skills of working with families to enable her to really understand their needs and wishes.
Moving from this more holistic role, Cath then worked as a specialist paediatric occupational therapist within the NHS. This gave her valuable experience in the areas of assessment and treatment of children with neurological conditions, cerebral palsy and sensory difficulties. Cath’s role involved identifying the child’s functional difficulties, priorities for intervention and offering strategies to support the development of skills or adaptations necessary to enable successful activity.
Alongside working as a case manager for Westcountry Case Management, Cath works as both an independent and associate occupational therapist providing assessments and interventions for individuals with a variety of physical, complex medical and sensory needs. Cath is an Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist for the Local Authority, managing a team of occupational therapists and working with families to assess for and provide equipment and adaptations for children and young adults within their own homes and education settings. Cath continues to work as a carer in a Children’s Hospice.
- Experience and understanding of caring for children and young adults with complex medical and physical needs.
- Extensive knowledge of equipment and environmental adaptations to meet the individual needs of individuals and their families/carers.
- Specialist in working with individuals with complex needs and life limiting conditions.
- Working alongside families and carers to provide assessment and training in postural management, moving and handling and daily care skills.
- Experienced at supporting families and children during end of life care and providing bereavement support.
- Experienced in working alongside Health, Education and Social Care teams.
- Effective communication, interpersonal and organisational skills.
- Excellent clinical and report writing skills.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT
- Specialist Section of College of OT; Children, Young People and Families
- Sensory Integration Network, UK and Irela
- BABICM registered practitioner member