Sally graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of the West of England in 2007. She began her career as an occupational therapy assistant working in a multi professional community brain injury team providing rehabilitation for adults between 16 and 65 who had sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). She worked closely with other disciplines including speech and language, psychology and physiotherapy, to develop rehabilitation goals and activities which were person centred and meaningful in order to improve motivation and help clients achieve their goals and ambitions.
Sally worked part time at the Children and Young People Service at Bristol City Council from 2007 to 2017, assessing for equipment and adaptations to help care for disabled children within their home and school environment. Whilst working with the service, Sally developed a specific service to provide information and advice on the use of sensory strategies to support challenging behaviours in the home and community. She has also provided support, training and information to schools and colleges on the use of sensory strategies to manage challenging behaviours.
In addition to working as a case manager for Westcountry Case Management since 2013, Sally also works as an independent occupational therapist assessing for equipment and adaptations and providing sensory processing strategies and neuro rehabilitation.
- Experience of working in health and social care.
- Working with the relevant agencies to support children and young adults during their transition from paediatric to adult services.
- Knowledge and experience of working with families and other agencies to help children access education and health care plans. (EHCP’s).
- Extensive experience of multi-agency working on complex cases for children who have physical and learning disabilities, involving hospital discharges and complex care arrangements.
- Experience of facilitating complex hospital discharges with a wide variety of professionals and agencies.
- Post graduate training in postural management and sensory integration.
- Experience of working with a wide range of disabilities, including, brain injury, learning disabilities, physical disabilities autism and complex genetic conditions.
- Excellent inter personal skills and an understanding of the impact which traumatic brain injury and disability has on families and carers.
- Experience of setting up and managing complex care packages with large teams of carers.
Professional affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- British association of OT’s children, young people and families section
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Sensory Integration Network
- BABICM registered practitioner member