Cath has over 20 years’ experience working as a paediatric 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 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 provided for children and how the demands of caring for a child with complex needs affects the family. Cath also developed her skills of working with families 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 an associate paediatric occupational therapist providing assessments and interventions for children with a variety of physical, complex and sensory needs. She also works in a Social Care Children with Disabilities Team, working with families and care staff to assess for and provide equipment and adaptations for children within their own homes and schools. Cath continues to work as a carer in a Children’s Hospice.
- Experience and understanding of caring for children with complex medical and physical needs
- Extensive knowledge of equipment and environmental adaptations to meet the individual needs of children and their families/carers
- Specialist in working with children 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