Debbie is a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with extensive clinical, academic, leadership and managerial experience in the NHS and education sectors. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1985 and has worked across a broad spectrum of clinical specialities providing occupational therapy assessment and rehabilitation for children, young people and adults, who have experienced trauma, including brain injury and cerebral palsy, disability, illness and needs relating to end of life care, in a variety of acute, inpatient, community and home settings.
Debbie has also worked in higher education and has contributed to research, text book and journal publications. She has presented at national conferences in the UK, and has lectured internationally. She gained a Masters in Independent Practice (Health). Debbie’s management and leadership skills were rated as exemplary in an NHS Leadership Academy 360° assessment. As an NHS Service Manager her interests have focussed on quality, service development and transformation and staff wellbeing within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts. Debbie’s professional background of clinical, academic, leadership and managerial experience demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in healthcare services.
Diploma College of Occupational Therapists;
MA Independent Practice (Health);
Extensive knowledge of health and care services in-patient, rehabilitation, education, community and home settings;
Expert Witness Training Programme.
Experienced Expert Witness;
Compliant with CPR Part 35 legal training;
Clinical assessment of functional ability and participation in self-care, productivity, work and leisure occupations;
Advanced communication skills
Environmental assessment and adaptations;
Care needs assessments;
Specialist equipment needs;
Comprehensive clinical experience of children and adults who have experienced trauma, disability and illness, including neurological and orthopaedic trauma and disorders, birth trauma, general medical conditions, palliative and end of life care.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Assessment of adults/children with illness and physical disability including head, spine, orthopaedic and pain problems, Amputees, Palliative care, medical, age related conditions and neurological conditions;
Debbie is experienced in assessing the needs of individuals whose condition is likely to deteriorate as a result of their injury and subsequent disability and identifying the appropriate equipment and care requirements in the future;
Aids and Equipment;
Traumatic Brain Injuries;
Spinal Cord Injuries;
Loss of Service Reports.