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Stephanie James

Occupational Therapist

Adults

Children

  Cheshire | within 2 hours travel time.

Experience

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Brain injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Recruiting & Managing 24 hour care teams
  • Setting up and managing rehabilitation teams
  • 3 years case management experience
  • Neurological occupational therapy assessment

Key Skills

  • Clear concise reports
  • Coordinating and implementing rehabilitation pathways
  • Defining clear goals and outcome reporting
  • Assessing for and sourcing assistive equipment
  • Strong advocate for clients
  • Providing support and education to families and carers

Profile

I am a highly skilled and experienced therapist and case manager. This enables me to broker solutions to the complex issues encountered when supporting clients with complex needs to reach their desired outcomes.

Previous Clinical Experience

Feb 2016 to Present Independent Living Solutions, providing case management to adults and children with complex needs.

Feb 2014 to Present Associate OT. Stephanie works for two companies with clients that have a neurological deficit, in their own homes. This includes treating a range of conditions from spinal injuries to long standing head injuries and newly acquired traumatic brain injuries and treatments range from physical rehabilitation to cognitive techniques. These clients have been referred either by the NHS or from private sources.

June 2014 to Present Clinical Specialist OT Priory Highbank, Walmserley Unit, Bury. Stephanie is the lead clinician for Occupational Therapy within this unit, working with clients who range from being in a prolonged disorder of consciousness to more able clients working towards discharge home. This work ranges from assessment and treatment of both physical and cognitive deficits. Stephanie works as part of an interdisciplinary team which includes case managers to ensure the best outcome for the clients at the unit

Sept 2012 to Jun 2014 Manual Handling Co-coordinator, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. Stephanie had the responsibility for leading and developing the trusts moving and handling framework, to ensure effective safe and modern techniques are practiced across all services. This role incorporated taking responsibility for knowledge of national policy relating to manual handling and ensure appropriate implementation. This role also facilitated the continual improvement of the management of medical devices by liaising with various partners internally and externally to the trust.

Mar 2011 to Dec 2014 Senior Occupational Therapist, The Alexandria BMI Hospital. This role was supporting the main OT team by working at weekends as a lone OT within the hospital working through a list of assessments and treatments that were required. This work was mainly orthopaedic however she was asked to regularly review any neuro patients that the OT’s were treating.

Apr 2010 to Sept 2012 Band Seven Neuro Specialist Occupational Therapist, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. Stephanie worked alongside another band seven where she shared both the management and clinical leads for the inpatient team. Managed all the day to day running of team as well as the clinical development. Stephanie held a complex clinical caseload including acute spinal injury and provide practical teachings to enable the staff to deliver a specialist service.

Whilst in post the service was reviewed to ensure that it is streamlined and were working in the most efficient manner. This has included setting up a rehabilitation waiting list to enable us to priorities the acute patients from ones awaiting rehab. Stephanie assisted with developing bite size teachings and in service teachings for the department as well as a splinting course alongside the Physiotherapists.

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered Practitioner, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
  • Member of Case Management Society United Kingdom (CMSUK)
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Areas of Special Knowledge and Interest

  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice (RCOTSSNP)

Maintaining Excellence

Stephanie 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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