Carol graduated from the Welsh School of Occupational Therapy in the University Hospital of Wales in 1981.
Carol has clinical and managerial experience and skill in working with children and young adults with a wide range of complex needs including neurological and developmental disabilities. She has also worked with adults and the older adult with disabilities.
In addition to her clinical work, Carol uses her client centred approach and communication skills to ensure she develops and maintains good working relationships with clients and their families. She advocates strongly on behalf of her clients aiming to ensure that best interest and choice is paramount.
Case Management of adults, young adults and children with acquired brain injury and complex needs.
June 2016 – Present Independent Living Solutions Ltd. Case Manager for children and adult clients with complex needs.
November 2015 – May 2016 Fit for Work Case Manager - Assisting people to return to work after illness or injury using a Bio-psychosocial approach and Motivational Interviewing.
September 2009 - March 2015 Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA). Occupational Therapist for Care & Repair. Working mainly with frail and elderly clients with neurological, general medical and orthopaedic conditions in their own home within Cardiff and The Vale. Procuring equipment and making recommendations for major and minor home adaptations within the public and private housing sector. Responsible for writing reports to support grant applications for funding for housing repairs, equipment and seating.
November 2007- July 2008 SCOPE / Welsh Assembly Government. Working alongside a person with profound hearing loss and visual impairment as a Personal Assistant through the Access to work Scheme. This experience gave her an insight into working with a disability and ignited an interest in Vocational Rehabilitation.
March 2000 – November 2015 Self-employed Independent Practitioner. Provision of Assessment and Treatment packages for children with special needs. Assessment of children in all areas of life including; personal care, educational skills, seating, leisure, domestic and community skills.
1986 – 1997 Queen’s Medical Centre. Responsibilities include a variety of clinical settings including, inpatients, out patients and day hospital. Clinical areas covered include neurology, health care of the elderly, medicals, surgical, rheumatology and cardiac rehabilitation.
April 1985 - January 2000 Cardiff Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Head of Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services in Cardiff. Developed the Occupational Therapy Service within The Children's Centre to a position of strength. Management of the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Services and the assessment of children in all areas of life including; personal care, educational access, seating, leisure, domestic and community skills. Prescription of appropriate equipment and training in specific skills to increase independence. Working closely with carers, therapists of other disciplines, teachers and learning support assistants. Supervised other staff within the Occupational Therapy team and regularly involved in training students, members of the multidisciplinary team and the public.
March 1984 - March 1985 Exe Vale Health Authority Senior I. Responsible for assessment and treatment of people with mental health difficulties. Assessment of adults in all aspects of daily living. Training in specific skills to increase independence in personal, domestic and community skills.
April 1983 - March 1984 Exe Vale Health Authority Senior II. Responsible for assessment and treatment of children with mental health difficulties placed in the unit. Responsible for coordinating the Occupational Therapy input to children aged 9 to 17 individually and in groups. Liaising with therapy and medical staff to ensure needs were met within the day-to-day routines of the unit.
September 1981 - March 1983 Exe Vale Health Authority Basic Grade. Carrying a caseload of people with varying difficulties, assessing, planning, treating and evaluating progress.
Carol is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in a varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions covering the following areas: