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Hazel Spencer -

Hazel is an Occupational Therapist who has extensive experience in numerous settings as a clinician and a Moving and Handling Advisor. She is currently working on a part time basis as Team Lead on a rehabilitation ward in Wales assessing and treating clients in hospital and their home environment offering comprehensive, specialist assessments and rehabilitation.

In addition to her part time clinical role she is the Moving and Handling Advisor for therapy services within the Trust and works as an independent Moving and Handling Advisor.

Highlighted Areas of Experience/Specialism

  • Moving and Handling Advisor / Trainer for Therapy services in NHS Trust
  • Lecturer in Moving and Handling at Cardiff University
  • Moving and Handling Advisor for clients with complex needs carrying out assessments and completing detailed reports and recommendations
  • Team Lead Occupational Therapist managing complex manual handling needs and risks with clients in their own homes.
  • Delivers bespoke Manual Handling training in the moving and handling of children and adults in a variety of settings.
  • Delivers training in The Moving and Handling of Inanimate Loads for corporate companies
  • Chair of Risk Management Team in NHS Trust
  • Health and Safety representative for Occupational Therapy services across the NHS Trust
  • Delivers Train the trainer courses
  • Health and Safety Policy writing and advisor for corporate companies.

All training and documentation is All Wales Passport Compliant

Professional Information

  • Qualified Occupational Therapist Dip COT
  • Certificate of Merit in Moving and Handling Training
  • Diploma in Supervisory Management ( modules in Risk Management and Health and Safety)
  • Therapeutic Handling Certificate
  • Corpus Ward / Department based Instructor in Moving and Handling and Train the Trainer
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Fieldwork educator at Cardiff University

Professional Memberships

College of Occupational Therapy

Health and Care Professional Council

Member of National Back Exchange

Career to Date

Independent Moving and Handling Advisor and Trainer

Hazel works in a variety of settings offering assessments/ reports and recommendations on Moving and Handling. She provides bespoke training for companies/ carers/families in their own homes or training rooms. Hazel liaises closely with Case Managers and their clients, corporate organisations and professionals regarding the complex issues of moving and handling. Given her background as an Occupational Therapist her focus is on maintaining and encouraging independence whenever possible and in reducing the risks with the client their families and care providers.

Band 7 Occupational Therapist Team leader

Hazel currently works in this role on a part time basis. She is the team lead on a busy rehabilitation ward assessing and treating patients in hospital and their own homes carrying out comprehensive assessments and rehabilitation.

In addition to her role as a clinician she has responsibilities within the OT department and NHS Trust in relation to Moving and Handling/ Risk Management and Health and Safety to ensure safe practise and the supervision of staff.

Worked and Lived overseas

Hazel worked and lived overseas for 15 years in South America and Asia working as an OT and raising a young family

Guy’s Hospital

On qualifying as an Occupational Therapist Hazel worked at Guy’s Hospital on a physical rotational post covering a variety of clinical specialities.

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