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Sarah Francome - Dip COT

Sarah graduated from St Loyes School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter, in 1986.

She has extensive experience of working as an occupational therapist and this has enabled her to develop an awareness of the difficulties associated with illness and disability for children/young people and their families.

Through working within multidisciplinary teams she has developed a good understanding of the importance of an integrated approach centering on the needs of the child/young person and their family.

Sarah joined Independent Living Solutions Ltd in 2007.

Experience

  • Case management of children with complex needs including cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury
  • Assessment of functional performance skills and goal planning for clients with neurological conditions
  • Assessment to recommend wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Arranging therapies, accommodation, holidays, equipment and adaptations, as well as providing support and assistance to carers.
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members
  • Developing relationship with care agencies to ensure care provided is excellent
  • Experience in setting up large care packages, both through direct recruitment and agency care packages
  • Extensive experience as an Occupational Therapist in equipment provision and housing adaptation for children with complex physical disabilities.
  • Provision manual handling assessments advice and specialist equipment.

Key Skills

As a skilled experienced Occupational Therapist Sarah is able to identify needs through assessment and broker solutions to address her clients’ needs and support their families and carers. Sarah has a particular interest in moving and handling issues and remains a member of ISL moving and handling service

Professional

  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member of BAOT
  • Member of the College of Occupational Therapist Specialist Sections:-
    • Children and Young People
    • Independent Practitioners
    • Housing
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case Manager and Occupational Therapist with children and young people of varying diagnosis. Areas of expertise include housing adaptations, moving and handling, equipment provision and postural management.

Geographical Areas Covered

Within two hours travelling distance of Bournemouth.

Employment

June 2007 – Present Case Manager / Occupational Therapist, Moving and Handling Advisor for Independent Living Solutions Ltd (ILS).

September 2003 – August 2008 Children’s Occupational Therapist, Swindon Social Services.

October 2000 – October 2003 Carer’s Project Co-ordinator – Establishing, developing and coordinating a service which provides respite for parents of children/young people with a physical disability and/or medical condition. This included recruiting and supervising a team of Support Workers.

September 1991 - August 1999 Children’s Occupational Therapist, Swindon Social Services.

June 1987 – September 1991 Paediatric Occupational Therapist at Sadler Child Development Unit, responsibilities including occupational therapy assessment as part of multi-disciplinary assessment. Occupational therapy assessment including equipment, and treatment provision at two local Special Schools and within mainstream education.

July 1986 – June 1987 Occupational Therapist, Twyver Unit, Gloucester. Assessment unit for people with a learning disability.

Maintaining Excellence

Sarah 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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