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Amanda Beesley - DipOT

Amanda qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1984 from Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford.

Experience

  • Amanda has over twenty years’ experience of working as an Occupational Therapist in multidisciplinary teams in non-maintained residential special schools.
  • Occupational Therapist with children and adolescents with a range of cognitive and physical abilities
  • Member of Treating OT for Children and Young People team
  • Amanda has given evidence, as a Witness of Fact, in the Royal Courts of Justice.

Key Skills

In addition to her clinical work, Amanda uses her client - centred approach and communication skills to ensure she develops and maintains good working relationships with her clients and their families. She advocates strongly on behalf of her clients aiming to ensure that best interest and choice is paramount. Amanda works with clients and their families to assist in maximising the client’s full potential in all aspects of daily life.

Professional

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of the Posture and Mobility Group
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case management and occupational therapy for children with complex needs.

Geographical Areas Covered

Within a 2 hour commute of Stratford upon Avon.

Employment

2010 – Present Case Manager/Occupational Therapist with ILS.

2007-2011 Occupational Therapist, Employed by Action for Children with a special responsibility for wheelchairs and seating at Penhurst School, Chipping Norton. Students at Penhurst have severe to profound learning difficulties and severe physical disabilities.

1991–2008 Occupational Therapist Employed by the Treloar Trust at Treloar’s School in Alton, Hampshire. Students at Treloar’s had a range of physical and cognitive abilities. Amanda’s work involved the assessment of students in all areas of life including; personal care, educational access, seating and mobility, leisure, domestic and community skills. Also involved the prescription of appropriate equipment and training in specific skills to increase independence. Amanda worked closely with carers, therapists of other disciplines, teachers, learning support assistants and rehabilitation engineers. She supervised other staff within the Occupational Therapy team.

1988-1990 Community Occupational Therapist. Employed by Hampshire Social Services. Assessed the needs of disabled people of all ages within a given geographical area covered by the Alton office. Recommended equipment, techniques of working and adaptations. Procured equipment and grants for adaptations and offered support to disabled people and their families.

1985-1988 Unit Leader within a care team at Lord Mayor Treloar School. Responsible for coordinating the care of nine disabled boys aged 12 to 16 and liaising with therapy and medical staff to ensure therapy and medical needs were met within day-to-day care routines as appropriate.

Maintaining Excellence

Amanda is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in a varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions covering the following areas:

  • Recruitment and Employment
  • Moving and Handling
  • Litigation Training
  • Managing the complexities of running a care team
  • Safeguarding
  • Management of Risk

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