Rachel qualified as an occupational therapist in 1994 and initially worked with adults and adolescents with challenging behaviour in a specialist assessment unit. She then moved into community work and her area of expertise is working with children with complex learning and physical disabilities. Rachel has been a lead OT working in a special school for children with severe learning and physical disabilities and has extensive experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and liaising with social services and education authorities.
Rachel has successfully completed an intense 8-week training course on the assessment and treatment of children with cerebral palsy and associated neurological conditions. Rachel moved into independent practice in 2003 initially preparing rehabilitation cost reports. Rachel undertakes case management work for WCM and also prepares rehabilitation cost reports for claimants and defendants in respect of medico-legal claims.
Rachel has long term experience of working with families and carers caring for children and young adults with complex needs and of setting up and managing care packages for children and young adults with complex disabilities. She has extensive experience of overseeing housing adaptations and the provision of specialist equipment for children and young adults.
- Cerebral palsy
- Experience of working within a multi-agency environment
- Proficient at working within the education setting
- Ability to integrate children with complex disabilities into mainstream school