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Susanne Kulkies - BSc OT

Susanne qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Brunel University in 2003.

Susanne has worked as a case manager for Independent Living Solutions since 2014.

Experience

  • Case management of children and young people with complex needs
  • Experience of working in community, home, clinic and Hospital settings
  • Extensive experience of working with other agencies including nurseries and schools
  • Skills and experience prescribing equipment, as well as the recommendation of minor and major adaptations in the home setting

Key Skills

Susanne is a confident practitioner, using good time management and communication skills to manage tight deadlines, and is committed to providing client centered care, working closely with the family, educational staff and other professionals to maximise a child’s potential, and ensuring that the care package provided fulfills the needs of the child and their family. Susanne is experienced in providing education and training to family, support workers and professional staff, and is passionate about working with children with complex needs and their families.

Professional

  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Member of BAOT Specialist Sections: Children and Young People, Independent Practitioners
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case Management and Occupational Therapist working with children and young people with complex needs, including cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, and autism spectrum disorder.

Geographical Areas Covered

Within a 2 hour commute of home base in Central London.

Employment

2014 – Present Case Manager and Occupational Therapist with Independent Living Solutions, working with children and young people.

2014 – Present Independent practitioner, working with a team of Speech & Language Therapists, Child Psychologists and Play Therapists.

2007 – April 2014 CLCH NHS Trust- Senior I Occupational Therapist working with children with complex physical, learning and social communication difficulties, including those whose behavior can be challenging. Utilizing highly developed clinical skills to implement a range of assessment tools, Susanne provided informed reports detailing recommendations and implementing interventions across a range of environments. This role encompassed a significant element of service development, as well as the management and training of junior staff.

2005 - 2007 Hammersmith & Fulham PCT- Senior II Occupational Therapist, providing assessment and intervention for children and their families, taking into account their environments (home, mainstream and special schools, and nursery) as relevant. The role included provision of specialist seating and equipment, and planning of structural adaptations in order to maximise independence. Susanne worked closely with children and their families, health and social care practitioners, equipment providers, as well as housing and adaptations co-ordinators.

2004 - 2005 Hammersmith & Fulham PCT- Basic Grade Occupational Therapist - Developing her knowledge of child development, assessment and treatment approaches, Susanne experienced multi-disciplinary community working with children 0 – 19 years old. She held a caseload consisting of children with developmental delay, as well as children with mild / moderate physical disabilities. Susanne gained in-depth experience in assessing the postural and sensory needs of children with multiple disabilities through supporting the Senior I Therapist in a school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, and delivered therapy programmes in that setting under supervision.

2003 – 2003 Hammersmith & Fulham PCT – Rehabilitation Assistant supporting elderly clients to return to independence after surgery.

Maintaining Excellence

Susanne 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
  • Managing the complexities of running a care team
  • Safeguarding
  • Management of Risk

 

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