Sue qualified as an occupational therapist in 1981, initially gaining clinical experience working in the NHS and moving into social services in 1982 to gain additional experience as an OT but also to work as a care manager.
Sue’s clinical experience includes the rehabilitation of patients with complex injuries including multiple fractures, head injuries, and orthopaedic surgery. Sue gained experience working in a specialised hand injury unit, which included conditions such as crush injuries, amputations of the fingers and arm, and nerve and tendon injuries including brachial plexus lesions. She has worked in the community with spinal injuries, amputations of lower and upper limbs, joint replacements, head injuries, neurological disorders and mental health problems.
In 1996 Sue began working as a medico legal expert, she has prepared reports for both claimant and defendant and as a single joint expert. Sue has increased her clinical experience by working as a volunteer with Headway and Action for ME; a charity which assists people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Sue has worked as a case manager since 2007.
Sue’s work as a case manager for Westcountry Case Management has included appointing and supervising support workers, assessing and assisting with the purchase of equipment and adaptations to the home specifically for the needs of the client. Sue’s knowledge of social services and the NHS has assisted her ability to liaise with other professionals with regards to ongoing treatment and the complex needs of the client.
Since working in the private sector Sue has gained more experience in working with clients with complex conditions and she has a special interest in brain injury, pain management, visual loss and complete blindness, spinal injuries and amputations. She has attended many conferences and training events specialising in these conditions.
- Considerable experience in the management of complex disorders including complex orthopaedic conditions and amputations, brain injury, sight loss and chronic pain
- Extensive experience in assessing clients and planning intervention for rehabilitation.
- Skilled at communicating with clients and their relatives to establish goals.
- Skilled at liaising and working with both statutory and private agencies and in obtaining a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation.
- Extensive understanding of clients with complex needs using a wide range of experience and knowledge.
- Providing training and support to assist care staff in their work with a variety of client groups.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- BABICM registered practitioner member