Maureen is an Occupational Therapist (OT) with long experience in ergonomic risk assessment, moving & handling and training. She is fully committed to provide a service that enhances the lives of clients and those who care for them, by providing advice, information and training in moving & handling. Able to complete risk assessments and using problem solving techniques, look for safer solutions in risky situations. Maureen is also committed to providing comprehensive up to date moving and handling training individually and in groups to trainers and those providing care.
Key areas of expertise include:
Lengthy and broad experience in assessing clients’ needs. Training for a variety of groups in moving & handling, both theory and practical.
Negotiation and problem-solving skills to help service users achieve optimum independence in as safe a manner as possible.
Knowledge and experience of using a number of risk assessment tools.
Extremely experienced in dealing with complex moving & handling cases.
Up to date with the most effective equipment on the market for moving & handling.
Based in Devon – will travel within 1 ½ hours from base
Full Membership of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Member of National Back Exchange and RCOTSS-IP.
Career to date
North Devon Healthcare Trust as an Expert Moving and Handling Advisor.
Support professional staff from both DCC and North Devon Healthcare Trust with complex moving and handling cases
Evaluate training, documentation and equipment needs and make recommendations.
Mentor and develop professional staff in their moving and handling skills.
Assess and inform the health authority and DCC of their risks and how these might be mitigated.
Devon County Council – Moving & Handing Advisor.
Providing on-site support and negotiation in complex and controversial cases; to meet the needs of the service user while keeping staff and carers safe.
Providing advice and support in complex situations to OTs, key trainers and care home managers.
Training OTs in ergonomic risk assessment, moving & handling and associated problem solving.
Training key trainers to train others in moving & handling.
Maureen’s career has also covered: learning disability, mental health and community O.T.
Maureen is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions Ltd including the following areas: