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Claire Ashton -

Claire is an Occupational Therapist who since 2001 has specialized in the area of wheelchairs, seating and 24-hour postural management. Claire has had experience leading a team who assessed and prescribed wheelchairs and seating for adults and children with complex disabilities and provided 24-hour postural management in hospitals, schools, day care centres, and a Head Injury Unit.

Key areas of Expertise

  • Assessment of and prescription of manual and powered wheelchairs, seating and 24-hour postural management.
  • Special interest in the relationship between pressure care and postural management: Use of pressure mapping and technology.
  • Experience with neurology, paediatrics, complex disability.

Location

Based in Stockport, Greater Manchester and available to work across North West England. Able to work flexible hours to suit need.

Personal Information

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Salford, qualified 1998
Registered with HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council)
Member of BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists)
Member of College of OT, Specialist Section in Independent Practice (COTSS-IP)
Member of Posture and Mobility Group (PMG)

Career to Date

Posture Management Specialist Occupational Therapist with ILS since 2014 - Providing comprehensive assessment and intervention for people with complex physical health needs. Advice and support for provision of 24-hour specialist equipment, including wheelchairs, seating and sleep systems.

Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Stockport NHS Wheelchair Service (September 2001-May 2015). Leading a therapy and support team, assessing and prescribing for wheelchair and seating needs for adults and children with complex disabilities.
Providing interventions for 24-hour postural management and working alongside full Multidisciplinary Team in multiple settings, such as hospitals, schools, day care centres, Acquired Head Injury Unit.

Senior Occupational Therapist, South Manchester PCT, 1999-2001.
Working within an interdisciplinary Community Rehabilitation Team.

Basic Grade Occupational Therapist, South Manchester University Hospital Trust, 1998-1999. Experience gained in the acute hospital environment, within the areas of Stoke Rehabilitation and Acute Orthopaedics.

 

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