Elizabeth’s unique career with children and young people spans over two decades imparting her with advanced clinical skills and wide-ranging experience in health, social services, education and independent practices; strengthened by extensive post-graduate training.
Elizabeth has worked with children and young people in their homes, schools, communities, respite and foster care settings. Some children have had specific learning or developmental disabilities such as developmental coordination disorders, sensory disorders or are on the autistic spectrum and often benefit from interventions in school. Others have acquired their disabilities or developed illnesses such as neurological damage, amputations, sensory loss, complex medical conditions and systemic failure, or muscular dystrophies. Many of the children have been born with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, complex medical conditions or genetic changes.
The range of interventions Elizabeth has used includes case management to ensure co-ordinated and effective services, hands-on therapy using occupation as the treatment media and approaches to compensate for functional difficulties. She has adapted many environments for children and their families including design of new build properties and major extensions and conversions. Using a range of equipment and technology, Elizabeth has been creative to increase a child’s independence in their daily occupations.
As a manager and leader, Elizabeth developed, implemented and successfully led a single system service, integrating all services for children with additional needs from the health, social services, educational and third sector. The service achieved the third highest rating in the country for public satisfaction and won three public recognition awards
In addition to working as a case manager for Westcountry Case Management, Elizabeth is an independent occupational therapist working with children and families in their homes, schools and communities.
- An outgoing occupational therapist, dedicated to the values of occupational therapy, operating according to current evidence and best practice.
- Advanced levels of paediatric clinical skills gained from wide-ranging experience in health, social services, education and independent practices, supported by extensive postgraduate training.
- A highly organised, effective and solution-focused individual with flexibility, adaptability and energy.
- Skilled in networking, influencing, negotiating, building collaborative relationships and problem solving.
- Leadership, management, project management, facilitation and service development training and experience.
- Unique experience of co-ordinating and integrating services for children and families.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Registered with Health Professions Council (HPC)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- MSc Health and Social Care (Management and Leadership)
- Local Government Association Peer Reviewer