Adults with Acquired Brain Injury
Sussex, Surrey, Kent, South London
After completing a degree in Product Design, I went on to work in Engineering before moving abroad to Project Manage a building charity in Uganda. I then went on to oversee road construction projects for World Food Programme in Sudan. The most rewarding part of all these roles was being able to support those in need of basic amenities such as sanitation and education.
This led me to retrain as a physiotherapist as I wanted to care for people in a practical way. I began working with people with Acquired Brain Injuries during my time in the NHS, predominately supporting those with their rehabilitation in a community setting following a Stroke. As a qualified physiotherapist I very much enjoyed working with both my clients and their families to achieve their goals.
There was a natural progression into Case Management as this allowed me to combine both my managerial and clinical experience into one role. I have been fortunate to work with a variety of very different and interesting people so far in my career and this continues in my current role.
Outside of work, I am an Assistant Triathlon Coach and provide physiotherapy to members of the club. Since 2010 I have worked with the Combined Cadet Force as a Lieutenant where we teach army cadets key skills such as leadership and teamwork.
My role includes working with the client, their families, therapists, healthcare and statutory services. I have recruited specialist support workers for my clients and been involved in their ongoing training and supervision. It is hugely rewarding to be able to facilitate individuals ongoing care needs and see both the client and the wider team develop and prosper.
I am fortunate to be working with a variety of clients whose needs vary including complex physical disabilities, lack of insight, impulsiveness, dysexecutive syndrome, co-morbidities and challenging behaviour. Their support worker teams help care for both their physical and mental needs so that they can enjoy life, pursue their interests and maintain their health and well-being.
My key interest is to plan and oversee ‘Independent Living Opportunities’ (ILO) for clients to help MDTs fully understand our clients long-term needs whilst also maximising their rehabilitation and independence. This usually requires an in-house trained support team so that we are able to maximise rehabilitation outside of therapy sessions. This is extremely rewarding and beneficial where appropriate.
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