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Stephanie James - BSc Hons OT

Stephanie is a specialist Neurological Occupational Therapist currently working as an associate OT and as the Manual Handling Co-coordinator working in a specialist neurology and neurosurgical NHS foundation trust. Stephanie is a qualified and HCPC registered Occupational Therapist and has been qualified for twelve years and for ten of these Stephanie has worked within neurology both acute and rehabilitation.

Experience

  • Neurological OT assessments, treating a range of conditions from spinal injuries to long standing head injuries and newly acquired traumatic brain injuries and treatments range from physical rehabilitation to cognitive techniques
  • Manual handling experience including knowledge of national policy relating to manual handling
  • Risk assessment in clinical environment and clients own home to provide holistic care plans
  • Report writing
  • Coordinating and implementing rehabilitation pathways, working towards clients own and therapeutic goals
  • Setting and regularly reviewing client goals to ensure outcomes achievable keep track of progress made

Key Skills

Stephanie is a skilled communicator with a plethora of skills developed through her years of Occupational Therapy practice. She is able to use those skills to broker solutions to the complex issues encountered when supporting an individual with complex needs to reach their desired outcomes.

Professional

  • HCPC registered
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK
  • Member of COT

Areas of Work

Case Management of adults with complex needs, Occupational Therapy.

Geographical Areas Covered

Any areas within a two hour drive of Warrington.

Employment

Present Independent Living Solutions, providing case management to adults with complex needs.

Feb 2014 – Present Associate OT Stephanie works for two companies with clients that have a neurological deficit in their own homes. This includes treating a range of conditions from spinal injuries to long standing head injuries and newly acquired traumatic brain injuries and treatments range from physical rehabilitation to cognitive techniques. These clients have been referred either by the NHS or from private case managers.

Sept 2012 – Present Manual Handling Co-coordinator, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust Stephanie has the responsibility for leading and developing the trusts moving and handling framework, to ensure effective safe and modern techniques are practiced across all services. She takes responsibility for knowledge of national policy relating to manual handling and ensure appropriate implementation. She trains within mandatory training on a weekly basis and I have developed a three day course for clinical staff to become key movers within their departments. This three day course runs bi-monthly. I also facilitate the continual improvement of the management of medical devices by liaising with various partners internally and externally to the trust.

March 2011 – Dec 2014 Senior Occupational Therapist The Alexandria BMI Hospital. This role was supporting the main OT team by working at weekends as a lone OT within the hospital working through a list of assessments and treatments that were required. This work was mainly orthopaedic however she was asked to regularly review any neuro patients that the OT’s were treating.

April 2010 – Sept 2012 Band Seven Neuro Specialist Occupational Therapist, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. Stephanie worked alongside another band seven where we shared both the management and clinical leads for the inpatient team. We managed all the day to day running of team as well as the clinical development. Stephanie held a complex clinical caseload and provide practical teachings to enable the staff to deliver a specialist service.

Whilst in post we reviewed our service to ensure that it is streamlined and we were working in the most efficient manner. This has included setting up a rehabilitation waiting list to enable us to priorities the acute patients from ones awaiting rehab. Stephanie assisted with developing bite size teachings and in service teachings for the department as well as a splinting course alongside the Physiotherapists.

April 2009 – April 2010 Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist - Band Seven, Nottingham University Hospitals. This was setting up a new role within the team and working alongside a team leader OT who is also Band Seven. Stephanie was responsible for leading the team in their clinical development in all areas but especially neuro specific skills; this includes a timetable where Stephanie completed joint sessions with all members of the teams. Stephanie assessed and made splints for all neurological patients including patients on the stroke unit and She enabled the band six’s to do this confidently.

Stephanie enabled the team to provide a high class service within the stroke unit as well as carrying a small complex caseload on this unit. Stephanie supervised all levels of staff below band seven both formally and informally. Stephanie set up and ran group supervision at all levels to enable staff to have a peer forum where they can increase their skills and feel confident in asking questions. Stephanie organised weekly teachings for the team and she has been involved in organising a rolling teaching programme for new juniors within neuro.

Stephanie was an active member of the evidence based practice clinical governance group which had a poster accepted for conference 2009 talking about the work the group has completed, during this year she also had a poster accepted at the national stroke conference on the new role she was a joint lead on essence of care for the OT department ensuring we are meeting all current benchmarks in our out patients departments to ensure we are within standard.

June 2005 - April 2009 Senior II/Band Six Rotational Post, Nottingham University Hospitals. Throughout Stephanie’s time in this post the trust has gone through a merger and the choices on my rotation changed. Stephanie was on a neuro specific rotation that rotates through the acute neuro wards, neuro rehabilitation unit, stroke wards and the early supportive discharge team for stroke which is currently being set up. Stephanie has worked within all the rotations apart from the community team and has also worked for a year in the integrated discharge team; which included working in accident and emergency and completing assessments for rehabilitation. One of the teams that Stephanie worked within also had a short period of assisting the paediatric team with assessments and treating paediatric spinal admissions.

October 2003 - June 2005 Basic Grade Occupational Therapist This was a six monthly rotational scheme, which consisted of physical and mental health rotations. During my time in this job I’ve worked in Elderly Mental Health, Health Care of the Elderly, Neurosciences and Social Services. Again within this job she carried out comprehensive assessments, including both ADL and DADL assessments, group work and setting up group programs. Stephanie really enjoyed this job and felt it gave her good experience in different areas. It was during her neurosciences rotation that she realized that she would like to specialise in this area.

Maintaining Excellence

Stephanie 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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