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Joanna Barnes - Dip COT

She has wide experience of working as a Therapist in varied settings and specialisms. Her areas of particular clinical interest are children, young people and their families.

Joanna has considerable experience in working with, leading and training multidisciplinary teams both as an Occupational Therapist since 1981 and Case Manager since she first joined Independent Living Solutions Limited (ILS) in 2002. She is also one of the Professional Mentors for the staff at ILS since 2007.


  • Case management of adults and children with complex needs including cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury.
  • Assessment of functional performance skills and goal planning for clients with neurological conditions.
  • Arranging therapies, accommodation, holidays, equipment and adaptations, as well as providing support and assistance to their carers.
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Developing relationship with care agencies to ensure care provided is excellent.
  • Experience in setting up and managing large care packages, both through direct recruitment and agency care packages.
  • Major and minor housing adaptations and rehousing as required.
  • Assessment and provision of specialist equipment and home adaptations.

Key Skills

Throughout her career Joanna has developed excellent assessment skills which she uses not only in the initial assessment phase but constantly throughout her input with her clients. Joanna has specialist skills in managing the needs of children with complex disability and also the ability to support their families and carers; to develop and adapt management plans in order to support them to achieve their goals.


  • Member BAOT
  • Advanced Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK
  • Member of College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (previously OTIP)

Areas of Work

Case Management and Occupational Therapy for children with acquired brain injury as well as children with cerebral palsy.

Geographical Areas Covered

Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex, South East and East London.


2002 to Present Paediatric Case Manager for ILS. Professional Mentor for other ILS Case Managers since 2007

2000 to Present Independent Living Assessor (ILA) for large health insurance company. Joanna has carried out immediate needs assessments, set up care packages, arranged the trial and purchase of equipment as appropriate, dealt with funding issues and offered ongoing professional support for adult and elderly customers and their carers within the South East.

1995 – 2002 Senior Practitioner and Occupational Therapy Services Manager, East Sussex Social Services. During this period, Joanna’s increasing experience resulted in promotion finally to the role of Team Manager, involving the management, supervision and training of the professional and support staff team as well as holding a small complex clinical caseload.

1987 – 1993 Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Brighton. Working in a Child Development Centre with children age 0-19. Children were seen within the centre, schools – special and mainstream and at home. The children had a wide range of disabilities from mild developmental delay to severe learning, physical and sensory difficulties.

1984 – June 1987 Social Services Occupational Therapist, Brighton. Working mainly with frail and elderly clients in their own home providing equipment and recommendations for major and minor home adaptations within the public and private housing sector.

1982 – 1984 Occupational Therapist, Chase Village, Enfield. Working in a residential unit for Adults with Learning Disabilities who had been institutionalised from an early age. Working on independence skills, social and self-care skills, prior to them moving into small community sheltered housing units.

1981 – 1982 Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Chailey Heritage School & Hospital, East Sussex. Working with severely disabled children and their families at school and in their home setting.

Maintaining Excellence

Joanna 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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