I graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in French and Spanish in 1998, then worked on Youth and Community Projects in Central and South America, medical emergency evacuations and medical translation. I moved into Occupational Therapy in 2004, and completed my MSc in Health Through Occupation.
I have been an OT for 16 years. I’ve been at SJ for nearly 3 years. I have worked in many different clinical areas: medical, orthopaedics, mental health, learning disability, elderly, working age, hospital and community. Working in SEN is my favourite area. The therapy department comprises OTs, SaLTs and therapy assistants. In the therapy department, we provide a life-skills programme, 1-2-1s and lunch groups. The focus of OT is around developing functional independence skills. I truly believe that we can achieve health through meaningful engagement, and this is all individually based. At St. John’s, we undertake all kinds of assessments of motor and processing skills, sensory strategies, as well as functional ability with every day activities of daily living.
I really like all the hands-on work we do here at SJ and the ability to work with learners over a long period and to see their development.