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Susannah Barnes - DipCOT

Susannah qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1982. Since qualifying she has worked in the field of learning and physical disabilities, primarily with children. She has also lectured at various institutions including the Jordanian School of Occupational Therapy. She joined Independent Living Solutions Ltd (ILS) as a case manager in 2003.


  • Extensive experience in specialist equipment provision for children
  • Expertise in 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.
  • Assessing and developing treatment programmes for gross motor, fine motor and sensory-motor difficulties
  • Assessing for and recommending major housing adaptations and equipment
  • Rehabilitation of children and adolescents with acute injuries and neurological conditions
  • Worked extensively in both mainstream and special schools alongside teaching and support staff
  • Worked in a clinic setting assessing and treating children with a wide range of developmental difficulties and sensory processing disorders

Key Skills

In addition to her clinical work, Susannah 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. Susannah works with clients and their families to assist in maximising the client’s full potential in all aspects of daily life.


  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK
  • College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice (previously OTIP)
  • College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Children, Young People & Families (previously NAPOT)

Areas of Work

Case management and occupational therapy for children with complex needs.

Geographical Areas Covered

Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and some parts of Devon and Hampshire.


2003 to Present Case Manager/ Paediatric Occupational Therapist with Independent Living Solutions providing for clients aged 0-19 years with long term disabilities.

2004 to Present Paediatric Occupational Therapist in Independent Practice working with children and young people (0-24 years) with disabilities and their families. Services include assessments, one to one group sessions, training of other therapists, teachers and parents and working with schools.

1985 - July 2002 During this period Susannah worked in various Middle Eastern countries in numerous settings including schools, rehabilitation centres, hospitals and community projects variously as Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Lead, Services Coordinator and Clinical Director. This work involved input into services for children 0 to 18 years with a variety of difficulties including emotional, behavioural, perceptual, sensory, learning and physical.

1984 - 1985 Social Services Occupational Therapist providing assessment of future care and housing needs of learning disabled children and adults at the time living in large institutions; also included carer training and housing adaptation advice.

1982 - 1984 Occupational Therapist at a hospital for people with a learning disability. Work included self-help training, therapeutic activity such as horticulture, drama, art and sheltered work.

Maintaining Excellence

Susannah is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in a varied 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
  • Management of Risk

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