Kathryn has 22 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist which has enabled her to develop extensive experience in community settings, conducting functional assessments of adults and children, identifying equipment, adaptation and housing needs to improve occupational performance. Kathryn’s community experience has allowed her to work with clients who present with permanent disabilities, progressive conditions and mental ill health, spanning all stages of recovery and deterioration, through to end of life. With experience of both public and private sectors as an OT and Case Manager, Kathryn has successfully worked with clients who have sustained complex orthopaedic and psychological injuries, amputations and spinal cord injuries. Using a motivational interviewing approach to assessments within a biopsychosocial framework, Kathryn, is skilled in costing care & equipment needs.
Kathryn also has specialist skills in vehicle adaptations, from assessment, to identifying and costing wheelchair accessible vehicles and standard production vehicles with need specialist driving controls. Liaising with regional driving centres, working closely with automotive engineers on bespoke ergonomic solutions including high tech driving solutions, including, for example, drive from wheelchair solutions for client’s who have sustained a spinal cord injury.
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons);
Rospa Level 4 Single Handed Care & Complex Moving & Handling Solutions;
Creating Safe Environments for Children with behaviour that challenges;
Expert Witness Training Programme.
Experienced Expert Witness;
Compliant with CPR Part 35 legal training;
Strong analytical skills;
Extensive Occupational Therapy experience;
Effective communicator and highly organised.
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;
Kath 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.