Steve qualified as an occupational therapist in 1986, and has developed extensive experience as an occupational therapy practitioner and case manager. He has also run his own consultancy since 2001. He has an interest in neurological conditions including people experiencing severe brain injury.
Steve has worked as an independent case manager since 2013. However, his experience of case management goes back to 1990 when he worked in public services applying clinical, rehabilitation and strengths models of case management to newly emerging services in the UK. In addition to his interest in brain injury, Steve has worked with complex psychological conditions in mental health services, complex physical orthopaedic trauma, and mentored and supervised work with people who have learning disabilities, substance misuse and older person’s services. His interest in complex casework covers assessing, managing and coordinating responses to needs on an individual basis.
As well as working with Westcountry Case Management, Steve continues to provide an independent practice development and training consultancy for NHS, local authority and third sector agencies across the UK & Eire since 2001. Steve has an extensive publications CV. He peer reviews Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and works as a volunteer befriender with Cardiff & Vale Age Connects service for older people.
- Expertise in neurological conditions.
- Working within clinical, rehabilitation and strengths models of case management, with a specific focus on goal-oriented ways of working.
- Working with people who have experienced severe physical/orthopaedic trauma, and their family/carers.
- Working with complex psychological conditions in mental health & learning disability services, as well as focusing on the psychological impact of physical trauma.
- Assessing, managing and coordinating packages of support for individual people.
- Ability to work independently or as part of an inter-disciplinary team.
- Writing and reporting skills developed through case recording, report writing and extensive publications.
- Risk management and working within a strengths approach.
- Involvement with national organisations in an advisory capacity, project management and mentoring roles (including the Department of Health, N. Ireland Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority, National Audit Office, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Foundation).
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- BABICM registered practitioner member
- BA Hons Town & Country Planning, Bachelor of Planning
- MA in Practice Development
- Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Accreditation Committee