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Susannah Barnes

Occupational Therapist


  Dorset | within 2 hours travel time.


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Housing Adaptations
  • Recruiting & Managing 24 hour care teams
  • Specialist Equipment Provision for children
  • 18 years case management experience
  • Planning and delivering rehabilitation programmes
  • 39 Years Occupational Therapy Experience

Key Skills

  • Managing clients with complex disabilities
  • Managing effective therapy rehabilitation teams
  • Providing support and education to families and carers
  • Defining clear goals and outcomes
  • Occupational therapy including programmes for gross and fine motor skills
  • Compassionate and empathetic


I use a client centred approach to ensure I develop and maintain good working relationships with my clients and their families. I advocate strongly on behalf of my clients aiming to ensure that their best interest and choice is paramount. I work with clients and their families to assist in maximising the client’s full potential in all aspects of daily life.

Previous Clinical Experience

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 to 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 to 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.

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Member of Health & Care Professions Council
  • Registered Practitioner, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
  • Member of Case Management Society United Kingdom (CMSUK)

Areas of Special Knowledge and Interest

  • College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section –
    Independent Practice (previously OTIP)
  • College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Children, Young People and Families

Maintaining Excellence

Susannah 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