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Sophie Lester

Occupational Therapist

Adults

  Dorset | within 2 hours travel time.

Experience

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Setting up and managing rehabilitation teams
  • Paraplegic and Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries
  • 5 years case management experience
  • Recruiting and managing care teams

Key Skills

  • Clear concise reports
  • Developing rehabilitation plans to action identified recommendations
  • Accessing for and sourcing assistive equipment
  • Providing education to support staff and families
  • Dynamic with strong communication skills
  • Strong advocate for clients

Profile

I have worked extensively as a Case Manager with adults who have had a Spinal Cord Injury. I worked for 10 years as an Occupational Therapist at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre and through this, I gained an immense amount of experience and specialist skills in this field. I also have experience in mental health, upper limb disabilities and cerebral palsy.

I am energetic, innovative and tenacious in my approach when working with clients and their families. I have experience in supporting adult clients and their families particularly in the areas of understanding their injuries and the implications of this on their daily lives and facilitating and empowering independence.

I have very strong belief that good and clear communication is essential when working as a Case Manager and always relish the opportunity to work with a good rehabilitation team around the client.

Previous Clinical Experience

2011 – 2014 Head Occupational Therapist, The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Working as an Occupational Therapist with inpatients/Outpatients who have paraplegic and tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries, including individuals with long term ventilation needs providing comprehensive rehabilitation. Managing service delivery/change, supervision and development of staff, annual appraisals and recruitment.

2007 – 2011 Band 6 Occupational Therapist, The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Working as an Occupational Therapist with inpatients with paraplegic and tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries, including individuals with long term ventilation needs providing comprehensive rehabilitation.

2005 – 2007 Band 5 Occupational Therapist, the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Working as an Occupational Therapist with inpatients with paraplegic and low level tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries providing comprehensive rehabilitation.

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Advanced Registered Practitioner, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
  • Member of Case Management Society United Kingdom (CMSUK)
  • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
  • Member of Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injured Professionals (MASCIP)

Areas of Special Knowledge and Interest

Neuro technology and equipment development, indications for active rehabilitation and applications within the home situation.

Neurogenic pain management.

The links between emotional, mental and physical health and the impact on the individual within rehabilitation and functional daily life.

Neuroplasticity.

Maintaining Excellence

Sophie is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions Ltd covering the following areas:

  • Litigation training
  • Recruiting, employing and managing support workers
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Moving and Handling
  • Managing risk
  • Goal setting
  • Person-centred practice

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