Simon qualified as an occupational therapist in 2013 at Plymouth University with a first-class honours degree. Simon has been working with clients with a range of complex disabilities and neurological conditions since 2011, working in the NHS, private and charitable sectors. Since qualifying, Simon has developed his independent occupational therapy practice alongside his role within a multidisciplinary clinical team and lecturing duties for a national specialist non-profit organisation.
He has completed additional post graduate training in Sensory Attachment and Sensory Integration Therapy to Advanced Practitioner level, and has been involved in associated research projects.
Simon works as an Associate Case Manager at Westcountry Case Management and holds a varied caseload of clients living with complex disabilities, in often difficult family and social settings. He has experience in supporting clients engaged with social services and navigating the benefit system.
Simon uses a holistic, client-centred approach in identifying, justifying and recommending care and support provision for each individual’s clinical needs and functional abilities. He has experience in making recommendations for equipment and home adaptations; providing positive risk assessments; and providing support and training to family and support staff. Simon has experience of working with both adults and children.
Experience of working with clients with a range of complex needs including brain injury, mental health difficulties, autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Experience of managing a varied, complex and long-term caseload of clients with a range of complex needs - including brain injury, mental health difficulties, neurological conditions, autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Expertise in completing realistic, positive risk assessments.
- Skilled in reasoned decision making and justification for requests for funding.
- Comprehensive assessment and identification of support services, and client and carer needs.
- Experience in private, statutory and voluntary sectors and a good knowledge of housing associations and Health and Social Services.
- Experienced in provision of supervision and staff development.
- Excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to build a positive rapport with clients, families and support workers
- Experience of working with challenging and non-compliant clients.
- Ability to work under pressure with strong problem-solving skills.
- Teaching and training experience to a postgraduate level.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Sensory Integration Network (SIN)
- BABICM registered practitioner member