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Helen Ovans - Grad Dip Bsc Hons

Helen Qualified as an Occupational Therapist after studying at Lancaster University, gaining a Graduate Diploma.

She joined ILS with 4 years case management experience. Helen’s clinical and managerial experience and skills has been built up working with children and adults with high level, complex cognitive and psychosocial challenges.

Experience

  • Case management of adults young adults and children with an acquired brain injury
  • Writing clear concise comprehensive needs assessments using functional and cognitive assessment skills
  • Developing rehabilitation plans to action identified recommendations
  • Assessing for and sourcing assistive equipment
  • Brokering solutions to address vocational rehabilitation need
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members coordinating the rehabilitation pathway
  • Developing good working relationships with care agencies to ensure care provided is excellent
  • Experience of recruiting directly employed support staff and buddies
  • Supporting support staff to understand their roles and engage effectively with clients

Key Skills

Helen works in an effective person centered manner to provide solutions manage the needs of her clients. Demonstrating empathy and a professional approach Helen is able to develop good working relationship with her clients, their family and the wider support team, enabling effective intervention and achieving agreed goals.

Professional

  • Advanced member of BABICM
  • Member BAOT
  • Member of COT special interest groups for Neurology and Independent Practice.
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Occupational Therapy and Case Management with adults and young adults with varying conditions and complex needs.

Geographical Areas Covered

Worcestershire, Shropshire, Hereford, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire.

Employment

2014 – Present Case Manger with ILS. Providing case management for children, young adults and adults who have a variety of conditions and complex needs including acquired brain injury and spinal injury. She supports her clients to increase their understanding of their accident, maximise their independence and often to access education and employment.

Helen has managed the recruitment of support staff for clients with complex needs, including 24 hour packages of support.

2010 – 2014 Brain Injury Case Manager for adults with Anglia Case Management.

2009 Neuro Occupational Therapist with Huntercombe, Central Scotland Brian Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Bespoke assessments and therapy programs through the rehabilitation program from initial assessments through to discharge.

2007 – 2009 Support worker and assistant at Tier 4 children’s and young adult’s assessment center, student Occupational therapist.

2003 – 2007 Area Manager with Rank Hovis McDougal. Direct responsibility for management and growth of key accounts within area.

2000-2003 Account Manager with Kelloggs. Liaison and management of the large independent retailers throughout the North East area.

Maintaining Excellence

Helen 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
  • Emergency First aid at work
  • Managing the complexities of running a care team
  • Safeguarding
  • Management of Risk

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