OT and Case Manager
Sue has over 24 years worth of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings including Social Services, Health and Private Practice. She has worked with a combination of adults and children addressing physical and mental health conditions.
Sue has worked with a variety of specialities including lower limb amputees, orthopaedics, neurodegenerative conditions, terminal illness, dementia, anxiety and depression, spinal injuries, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
Sue has extensive experience of complex manual handling and has provided bespoke training for personal carers for adults and children. She works closely with case managers to recommend appropriate care packages for clients experiencing complex medical conditions, recognising where there is room for improvement and advising carers on enabling rehabilitative techniques for care provision.
Sue has completed comprehensive immediate needs reports for clients who have experienced catastrophic work-based accidents and road traffic accidents resulting in orthopaedic injuries and lower limb amputation. Her experience of working in acute, rehabilitation and community settings enables her to recognise short- and long-term needs and identify services and health care professionals best placed to address resulting limitations.
With 19 years experience in community working, Sue is very familiar with housing needs and adaptations, recognising when properties can and cannot be adapted. She has made recommendations for new build complexes with Housing Associations and has led extensive OT work on new homes with major bespoke adaptations for clients with a brain injury, spina bifida and complex orthopaedic difficulties.
She actively seeks training and learning opportunities and enjoys sharing her knowledge and applying it creatively to clients. This has included implementing initiatives to improve quality of life for severely restricted clients through appropriate seating and positioning. She has attained a certificate from the University of East Anglia on the role of personal care assistants in disability support and is completing a Physiopedia training course on amputee rehabilitation
Sue is passionate about quality work and takes pride in being thorough and evidencing her outcomes with sound clinical reasoning based on individual goals and aspirations.
While she recognises the impact of injury or illness on the individual, she is also aware that a change in role will significantly affect the rest of the family and the client’s recovery.