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Kirstie Want

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Kirstie is a State Registered Occupational Therapist who qualified in 1994 from St Loye’s School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter with a Bsc (Hons) Occupational Therapy.


  • Kirstie has 27 years Occupational Therapy experience and  has specialised in working with children since 1997, primarily with neurological conditions.
  • 13 years' case management experience
  • Extensive experience in specialist equipment provision for children
  • Expertise in supporting children and young adults with challenging behaviours
  • Experience in helping families, carers and education staff to implement therapy programmes for children in a variety of settings.

Key Skills

In addition to her clinical work, Kirstie uses her client centred approach and communication skills to ensure she develops and maintains good working relationships with her clients and their families. She advocates strongly on behalf of her clients aiming to ensure that best interest and choice is paramount. Kirstie works with clients and their families to assist in maximising the client’s full potential in all aspects of daily life.

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered with the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)

Areas of Work

Case Manager and Occupational Therapist with children with complex needs. Special interest in postural management and seating.

Geographical Areas Covered

Essex, Cambridgeshire, London, North Kent and surrounding areas.


2009 – Present Independent Living Solutions. Case Manager/Occupational Therapist.

1997 – 2008 Paediatric Occupational Therapist (including paediatric rehab manager for 3 years and clinical specialist) based in child development centre. Key clinical responsibilities include working with children and their families with a variety of disabilities and developmental conditions. Specialising in neurological conditions, taking into account the child’s development, environment (home, pre-school setting) and neurological state. Assessing functional abilities, hands on treatment, assessing for equipment and adaptations. Working in a variety of environments including family home, mainstream and special needs nurseries and schools. Key management responsibilities include leading the occupational therapy service for children under the age of 5 years which includes service development, promotion and implementation; member of a co-operative management team dealing with strategic planning, staff management, professional support and service promotion.

1994 – 1997 Junior Occupational therapist within an acute hospital. Work including safe discharge planning and activities of daily living assessments and retraining.

Maintaining Excellence

Kirstie is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in a varied of 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 - Training Sessions: Safeguarding Adults 08.03.2021, Safeguarding Children 23.02.2021
  • Management of Risk