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Margie Kirby - DipOT NZ

Margie qualified in 1988 with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy and began working as an Occupational Therapist. She has travelled worldwide and worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist extensively in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland and Scotland. This experience has given her a well-rounded and empathetic understanding of cultural influences on health, disability and wellbeing. Margie has been a hands-on therapist for over 20 years, working with patients from early intervention within the NHS, Social Services, MOD and private practice.

Experience

  • Case management adults with an acquired brain injury
  • Community experience with children
  • Occupational Therapy intervention with clients of all ages with varying conditions.
  • Writing clear, concise and comprehensive needs assessments
  • Developing rehabilitation plans to action identified recommendations
  • Achieving a goal orientated, client centered approach
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members to coordinate the rehabilitation pathway
  • Working actively with support agencies to ensure that a high level of care is provided
  • Experience of setting up and managing directly recruited care teams
  • Experience of working within the community, rehabilitation and hospital settings
  • Experience of working with the client’s family, to provide support and education post brain injury
  • Effective communication with solicitors, for claimant and jointly instructed cases

Key Skills

Margie is a person centered practitioner who uses her significant experience to support her clients and their families to be active in the rehabilitation process, supporting them through the use of innovative practice to broker solutions appropriate for individual situations. Using highly developed assessment skills Margie is able to foresee potential issues and provide appropriate solutions for families.

Professional

  • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Member of British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
  • Member of Case Management Society of the United Kingdom (CMSUK)

Areas of Work

Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury (e.g. M.S., Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease) and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Orthopaedics, general medicine (e.g. cardiac, respiratory and vascular disease), oncology, general surgery (e.g. amputation), spinal injury and elderly mental health (e.g. Dementia, anxiety and depressive disorders).

Geographical Areas Covered

Predominantly within a two hour commute of her based in Hampshire

Employment

From 2014 - Current Independent Living Solutions. Case Manager/Occupational Therapist specialising in serious and catastrophic injury.

June 2011 - March 2014 Medicess Ltd. Case Manager/Occupational Therapist specialising in serious and catastrophic injury.

November 2010 - June 2011 Southampton University. Self-employed Disability Assessor for the Wessex Needs Assessment Centre. The role included a 2-hour assessment of university students with specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, Asperger’s and making recommendations for specialist aids/equipment and human support needs.

September 2010 – November 2010 Donald Wilson House, St Richards Hospital, West Sussex. Senior Occupational Therapist providing neurorehabilitation for a 12 bed neurological unit.

November 2009 - June 2010 Community Stroke Team, Downe Hospital, South Eastern HSC Trust, Northern Ireland. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist specialising in neurology and Stroke rehabilitation. The service was an in-reach one and so we worked with patients from the point of admission and continuing to work with them in the community for as long as they required therapy.

September 2008 - June 2009 Thompson House Hospital, South Eastern HSC Trust, Northern Ireland. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist. This was a split post providing between the Community Brain Injury Team and Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn (35 bed continuing care, respite and brain injury unit).

March 2006 – August 2008 Swedish Masseuse, Bangor Osteopath Clinic, Northern Ireland. Working as a therapeutic masseuse alongside Maeve McGowan-Kennedy, Osteopath. The role was largely voluntary. Margie worked with a variety of clients including those suffering with psychoemotional trauma.

September 2003 - March 2006 Rotorua Rehabilitation Clinic, New Zealand. Senior Occupational Therapist working in private practice with patient’s (adults and children) following traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries. Our fee payer was The Accident Compensation Commission of New Zealand. The work was both community based (working in the patient’s home and meaningful activities programmes) and clinic based. Margie provided complex assessment and therapeutic treatment programmes for client’s following catastrophic injury.

February 2003 - October 2003 Rotorua Hospital, New Zealand. Senior Occupational Therapist general medicine, neurology and Stroke rehabilitation.

September 1996 - July 2000 The Royal Hospital Haslar (Tri-service Military Hospital), Hampshire, England. Senior Occupational Therapist working in general medicine, neurology and Stroke rehabilitation, and providing cover to orthopaedic, surgical and oncology wards.

October 1995 - September 1996 Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, England. Senior Occupational Therapist general medicine, neurology and Stroke rehabilitation and surgical wards.

July 1994 - October 1995 Dumbarton Social Services, Scotland. Community Occupational Therapist working with children, adults and elderly. Margie completed assessment of need which largely required provision of specialist equipment and working with builders/architects and the local council to provide housing adaptation and modification.

April 1994 – May 1994 Monklands Hospital, Scotland. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist working in elderly assessment and rehabilitation.

December 1992 - March 1994 St James Hospital, Portsmouth. Senior Occupational Therapist/Keyworker working in the wards with patients who had organic illness (e.g. Dementia) and in the Travelling Day Hospital working in the community with patients who had functional illness (e.g. depression and anxiety disorders).

September 1992 - December 1992 Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, England. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist working in orthopaedics.

August 1992 – September 1992 Brighton General Hospital, England. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist elderly Stroke assessment and rehabilitation.

August 1992- 3 weeks Unsted Park Private Hospital, Godalming, England. Locum Senior Occupational Therapist Neurology.

May 1990 - August 1992 Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, England. Locum Senior I Occupational Therapist general medicine, neurology, Stroke rehabilitation and cardiac rehabilitation.

January 1990 – April 1990 Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England. Locum Senior II Occupational Therapist working in general medicine, neurology and Stroke rehabilitation.

January 1989 – December 1989 Rotorua Hospital, New Zealand, Occupational Therapist working in neurology, Stroke, general medicine and cardiac rehabilitation.

January 1988 – December 1988 Waikari Hospital, Otago, New Zealand. New Graduate Occupational Therapist working in elderly neurology and Stroke unit.

Maintaining Excellence

Margie is committed to maintaining her continuous professional development, skills and abilities; she engages readily in varied training, both externally and that 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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