Based in: Hampshire
Clients: Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Best Interest Assessor, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) -Bournemouth University
- BSc Hons Occupational Therapy - University of Southampton
- Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Member of the College of OT Specialist Section - Independent Practice (COTSS-IP)
- BABICM Membership
Amanda has experience in the following areas:
- Older Persons care
- Progressive Neurological Diseases (Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis)
- Wheelchair dependant users
- Spinal injuries
Amanda regularly undertakes:
- Cognitive and Capacity assessments
- Best interest Assessments under DoLS Legislation
- Moving and Handling Assessments
- Housing Adaptations and Equipment Assessments
- Rehousing Assessments and Reports
- Community Access Assessments
- Completion of Rehabilitation programmes
Amanda currently runs her own private OT Service and works as an Associate Practitioner for other private practices. Amanda also works as an independent Best Interest Assessor for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and regularly completes assessments in care homes within her local and neighbouring health authorities.
Amanda also continues to work with ex-services personnel who require occupational therapy assessments to help them improve their access to the community. For example, assessing them for the safe operation of Electric Powered Vehicles (EPVs) or Powered wheel-chairs. Through this work Amanda has collaborated with a lot of product specialists and helped clients to access charitable funding for their OT needs.
Amanda's expert knowledge has also focused on housing and equipment needs, completing detailed assessments in clients’ home environments, recommending minor/major adaptations to include applying for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG’s) or identifying specialist equipment that would benefit the client and help them live as independently as possible.
Amanda is accustomed to completing assessments in hospital and in the community identifying health and safety issues and minimising risk. Amanda takes a holistic and creative approach when seeing clients and understands the many influences that can affect their lives. She is highly skilled in assessing her clients’ needs and daily living skills, providing a personalised service which focuses on her client's own rehabilitation goals.
Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist Amanda has also worked in a busy acute city hospital covering rotations in trauma orthopaedics, community rehabilitation, and surgical, medical and renal departments. As a senior OT Amanda was responsible for setting up a pilot project delivering an integrated approach to hospital discharge planning and identifying, setting and completing project targets.
Prior to qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2010, Amanda travelled extensively and worked in various administration, teaching and later, healthcare roles around the world. Amanda brings a combination of different life experiences and skills to her role. This has helped her to become an empathetic, non-judgemental clinician embracing work with clients from a range of backgrounds in a variety of settings.
Amanda lives with her partner on the ‘Sunny South Coast’ of England where they both enjoy the many social and leisure opportunities on offer. Amanda continues to seek out new opportunities for learning both professionally and personally. Amanda is a regular listener on subjects such as spirituality, cultural diversity, and natural healing. Amanda continues her love of travel and more recently has developed a passion for walking, in her spare time, taking in some of the national trails in the UK to include Hadrian’s Wall and The Cotswolds Way later this year.