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Janet Cook - DIP COT

Janet qualified in July 1990 from Coventry Polytechnic with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. She has extensive knowledge and experience of working with clients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions and their families as a Therapist within Social Services, the NHS and Independent Living Solutions.

Janet has been a Case Manager working with Independent Living Solutions since 2007.

Experience

  • Case management of adults with an acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, or orthopaedic injuries.
  • 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
  • Janet has considerable experience of working within multidisciplinary teams providing training and coordinating the rehabilitation pathway
  • Considerable experience of recruiting directly employed support staff and buddies
  • Supporting support staff to understand their roles and engage effectively with clients

Key Skills

Janet uses her excellent assessment skills day to day to monitor her clients’ needs working proactively to ensure needs are met. Janet communicates clearly both verbally and in writing adapting her style to meet the needs of her audience. Through vast experience in managing care teams Janet has developed a highly skilled approach to communicate effectively with care teams and achieve desired outcomes for individuals.

Professional

  • Registered with HCPC
  • Member of BAOT
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case Management and Occupational Therapy input to adults and with complex needs.

Geographical Areas Covered

Hampshire and surrounding area within one and a half hour drive from Southampton base.

Employment

2007-Present Case Manager and Occupational Therapist working with clients with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy and associated difficulties. Janet provides Professional Mentorship to other professionals within ILS. Providing clinical support and guidance for colleagues as well as ensuring high standards of care and therapy is provided to our clients.

2004–2007 Senior 1 Occupational Therapist working within an Intermediate Care Team implementing rehabilitation programs and working with the clients and their families, assessing clients housing needs and arranging housing adaptations. Supervision and training of staff was an integral part of the role. The role also involved providing long term support to clients with progressive neurological conditions.

1999–2004 Senior 1 Occupational Therapist working on the acute medical wards and Emergency Assessment Unit assessing clients and arranging discharge with appropriate on-going support. The role involved developing the Occupational Therapy service provision to the wards.

1996–1999 Head IV Occupational Therapist working in a community hospital with a mixed caseload of adult clients. The post was split between clinical input, including assessment, treatment planning and coordinating complex discharges and managerial input including supervision and running of the department.

1992-1996 Senior II / Senior I Occupational Therapist -Treating clients with neurological, medical and surgical conditions. Role involved assessment and treatment of patients and planning of complex discharges.

1990–1992 Basic Grade Occupational Therapist-Treating patients with orthopaedic, medical and surgical conditions.

Maintaining Excellence

Janet is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in 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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