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Claire Chumley

Occupational Therapist

  West Sussex | within 1.5 hours travel time.


  • Senior practitioner in moving and handling, reablement and social services
  • Managing complex caseloads and individuals with neurological and multiple diagnoses
  • Worked in hospital, community, residential and nursing homes and clients' home settings

Key Skills and Specialisms

  • Trainer for Moving and Handling and Risk Assessment
  • Manual Handling for single handed care
  • Trusted Assessor Trainer
  • Specialist Equipment Advisor
  • Housing adaptations


I am very experienced in working alongside people who need support for moving and handling. My strengths are in listening and gathering information so I can explore possibilities with each client, their family and carers. I have experience and an interest in: assessing Clients with complex needs/ multi diagnoses; advising on safe use and compatibility of specialist equipment in the community; and Single handed care moving and handling.
I am aware that people are at different stages in their recovery, rehabilitation or living with their injuries; I will work to ensure the client’s and family’s priorities are considered. I am organised, work efficiently and am qualified to deliver training to care teams.

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Full Membership of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • HCPC Registration
  • Member of National Back Exchange
  • Train the Trainer for Moving and Handling and Risk Assessment, ROSPA level 3
  • Advanced Manual Handling for Single Handed Care, ROSPA level 4
  • Trusted Assessor Trainer, Level 3

Career Profile

Moving and Handing Advisor for ILS Rehab Solutions - providing moving and handling solutions and training to Clients and Carers at home.

Claire has worked as an Occupational Therapist in Private Practice - providing community assessments, equipment and adaptations. Prior to that Claire has worked as:

Senior Occupational Therapist and Specialist Equipment Advisor, Community Equipment Service, in Social Services - Responsible for equipment provision, arranging events for equipment demonstrations; assisted with a SHC/ single handed care moving and handling project, with research paper, and equipment provision when it was implemented; delivering Cross Prescriber and Trusted Assessor Training courses for various professionals.

Occupational Therapist, Assessment and Intervention Team, in Social Services - Assessment of Adults and Children with Physical Disabilities in the community, Residential and Nursing Homes; using prescriptions for Retailers to provide equipment. Initiated a SHC/ Single handed care moving and handling project.

Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy and Reablement Team, Social Services - Reablement work with Home Carers; moving and handling; setting up and reviewing short term home care and respite; major adaptations; Carer’s assessments; supervising.

Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist, Adult Care Social Services - Duty Senior and Supervisory role with a complex case load.

Various Occupational Therapy roles in Social Services

Occupational Therapist, Basic Grade NHS rotation, including Neuro Rehabilitation in patient, and Elderly mentally ill day hospital.

Various roles in Administration and Marketing prior to OT Qualification


Maintaining Excellence

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

  • Annual Safeguarding update training
  • Maintaining CPD and professional registration
  • Moving and Handling
  • Attending relevant conferences including: Naidex; OT Show; Dementia, Carer andResidential Care; Moving and Handling People South.

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