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Suzanne Stephenson - BSc (Hons) OT

Suzanne has worked as a Case Manager for Independent Living Solutions since 2013 having qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1996.

Suzanne has considerable experience of working with those who have a variety of conditions and complex needs including acquired brain injury and spinal injury. As a Case Manager Suzanne is skilled in assessing complex needs and is able to identify and implement outcome focused recommendations.

Experience

  • Case management of adults with an acquired brain injury and/or spinal injury
  • Writing clear concise comprehensive needs assessments using functional and cognitive assessment skills
  • Providing assessment, treatment and advice to clients with a wide range of acute, chronic and terminal conditions
  • Working both in acute and community settings
  • Involvement in securing funding for housing adaptations, carrying out manual handling risk assessments and providing equipment and training
  • Coordinating complex discharges from hospital to home
  • Staff recruitment, supervision, appraisal and training
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members and coordinating effective rehabilitation

Key Skills

In addition to her clinical work, Suzanne uses excellent interpersonal skills to develop a rapport with her clients in order to facilitate a good working relationship. Using a person centered approach she advocates effectively for her clients, supporting them in adapting to disability, maximizing their independence and accessing leisure pursuits and employment.

Professional

  • Registered with HCPC
  • Registered with BAOT
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case Management of adults with complex needs, Occupational Therapy.

Geographical Areas Covered

Devon and the surrounding areas within a 2 hour commute.

Employment

2013 - Current Independent Living Solutions Case Manager and Occupational Therapist. Providing case management for adults who have a variety of conditions and complex needs including acquired brain injury and spinal injury. She supports her clients in adapting to disability, maximizing their independence and accessing leisure pursuits and employment.

2009 - 2015 A Specialist Occupational Therapist working in a community rehabilitation team. Providing assessment, treatment and advice to patients and their carers with a wide range of acute, chronic and terminal conditions. Suzanne uses her knowledge and experience to effectively meet the needs of people with acquired brain injury, spinal injury, and long term neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The majority of patients supported by Suzanne live in the community however some are assessed whist in respite care or other care settings.

2004 - 2009 Senior Occupational Therapist based in a small community team in Tavistock. Working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team across the community hospital, intermediate care inpatient beds and the community. Involvement in securing funding for housing adaptations, carrying out manual handling risk assessments and providing equipment and training. Experience in liaising with GP’s, Consultants and other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure consistency, shared goals and excellent communication.

2003 - 2001 Senior Occupational Therapist in Plymouths 35 bedded Stroke Rehabilitation Unit managing a team of 7 Therapists. Providing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation programmes whist coordinating complex discharges from hospital to home. Responsibility for recruitment, supervision, appraisal and training of the OT Team.

1998 - 2001 Senior Occupational Therapist on the Acute Neurology ward at Torbay Hospital. Providing assessment, treatment and advice regarding management of a range of acute and long-term neurological conditions. Working in Intensive Care with patients following Spinal Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Encephalitis and other major Trauma.

1996 - 1998 A rotational post working in both acute and community settings including Acute Neurology, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Elderly Care and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Maintaining Excellence

Suzanne 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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