Occupational Therapists

Our team of therapists have been specially selected due to their expertise in their chosen field. All of our therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council as well as their own governing bodies. Our therapists undergo regular training and continuing professional development.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists work with people who have physical, mental and / or social problems, either from birth or as a result of accident, illness or ageing. Their aim is to
enable people to achieve maximum independence, so they get the most out of life.

When people cannot achieve the tasks which are important to them – such as getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, socialising, driving or undertaking a favourite hobby, an occupational therapist can help them in many ways. Function, sensation, perception, vision, cognition, apraxia and tone will all be assessed as appropriate.

Our occupational therapists use standardised cognitive assessments during treatment to evaluate deficits and provide accurate treatment strategies.

Clare’s Revitt – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Claire Revitt, Senior Occupational Therapist at More Rehab, gained her Bsc (Hons) from the University of Derby in 2000. Clare spent her early years as a OT dividing her time between rehabilitation of the elderly, head injury patients and stroke patients.In 2002 Claire started her new role as a Senior OT in Stroke Rehabilitation.

In 2010 she went to work at the Northern General, Sheffield where she specialised in respiratory & general rehabilitation whilst continuing her work with stroke patients.

In May 2011 she returned to the Head Injury unit before starting her new post as a clinical specialist OT in Stroke Rehab. Clare is fantastic at giving advice on accommodation; leisure activities and helping patients do something as small as catch a bus again or even return to work.

When not slaving away at work Claire can be found, running around after her husband, two kids and giant dog. She just loves been outside in the garden or on a family ramble, been towed along by her dog.

Colette Beecher – Bsc (Hons), MHPC

Colette has been part of the Occupational Therapy team at Sheffield Hallam University since 2006 and she divides her time at the university and providing a specialist service for More Rehab. Colette has been working in Neuro and Physical Rehab for the last 19 years both in acute and community settings.

Her specialist interests include Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Cognitive Rehabilitation. At University she is involved in teaching modules which focus on neurological rehabilitation and neuro-anatomy. Colette is the module leader for the Msc level module, cognitive processing and disabiliy, and also module leader for the community rehabilitation module.

Colette’s is working towards and has indeed almost completed a Msc in Vocational Rehabilitation which compliments her current clinical workload, Colette’s dissertation explores the need and meaning of work for clients who have sustained a brain injury.

Cath Mills – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Cath Mills PictureI graduated from the University of Derby in 1995 with a First Class Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy. Since qualifying I have worked within the NHS in a variety of clinical settings including hospital based wards (acute medical, orthopaedic rehab, elderly rehab and stroke unit), Intermediate Care / Fast Response and the Young Adult Transitional Team.

I have been in my present post for 8 years working with young adults aged between 16-25 years with a physical disability. The aim of my role is to support young adults work towards specific goals in various aspects of their everyday life with the underlying philosophy of enhancing their quality of life, functional skills and independence.

As an Occupational Therapist I recognise the importance of treating individuals in a truly holistic way, considering all aspects of their daily life, their roles and responsibilities and aspirations. I acknowledge the link between a person’s mental and physical presentation and the effect it may have on treatment outcomes.

Effective communication and team working is imperative within clinical intervention. It is essential that clients have the opportunity to make informed decisions in regards to therapeutic activity and is reflected in treatment programmes.

I use an adaptive, flexible approach to ensure treatment meets evolving needs and encourages continued engagement. I believe that all individuals regardless of disability or age should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their life to enhance physical, psychological, emotional and social well being.

I have knowledge and skills in assessing and treating individuals with medical conditions including;

Cerebral Palsy, Achondroplasia, Arthrogryposis, Muscular Dystrophy, Charcot Marie Tooth, acquired brain injury, neurological conditions including Friedreich’s’s Ataxia, CVA and Parkinsons Disease, Orthopaedic injury, Arthritis and COPD.

Laura Kramer – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Laura K profile picAbility to carry a clinical caseload including ability to assess, treat, monitor and plan complicated and complex, timely discharges with a diverse range of external agencies involved.  Take pleasure in working in a team, and appreciate importance and roles of other disciplines when working as an integrated member of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.  Empathetic, punctual and professional practitioner, with ability to verbally and non-verbally communicate sensitive information effectively to patients and carers. Ability to organise, delegate and prioritise, and manage a team when experiencing staff shortages, either seeking appropriate assistance, or managing independently taking skill mix into consideration. Ability to assess patient’s needs to identify and negotiate realistic and individualised goals with patients, carers and members of the multidisciplinary team. Skills to utilise evidence based treatment techniques to treat, monitor and develop patient’s treatment programmes. Competence with assessing for, prescribing, using and teaching other how to use specialist pieces of equipment. Able to organise, co-ordinate and lead complex multiprofessional visits and meetings and write complex reports. Skills with neurological splinting, casting techniques and oedema management for the tetraplegic upper limb (for tonal management, contractures and for preventative and maintenance purposes).  Competence to perform open suction for ventilated/tracheostomy patients, as well as problem solve basic alarm signals from two different ventilators (LTV and Elisée).

Ability to comply with, and ensure mandatory training is current, and up to date. Contribution to service development through various means (e.g. lead notes audit, assisted with conducting an informal research study into oedema management, assessing current ways of working, development of therapy contract, development of joint therapy notes). Ability to lead and co-ordinate clinical governance issues (e.g. compose risk assessments, develop safe systems of work documents, link worker for infection prevention and control accreditation) in clinical area. Ability and experience in delivery of training to members of the multidisciplinary team, as well as carers and external agencies. Experience supervising, developing and supporting other staff members (including students), as well as assessing competence level.  Trustworthy when dealing with confidential information, and able to comply with College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. Computer literate with the Internet and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

INTERESTS

Keen on fitness (jogging, cycling, snowboarding, and attending the gym) and taking part in fundraising running events e.g. fun runs. Particularly enjoyed travelling the world during my career break (December 2007-July 2008) learning about different cultures, ways of living, and religions, which allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Passionate about music and enjoy reading about musicians, going to concerts, and have previously attended African drumming classes. Enjoy using the computer to manage personal matters, keep in contact with friends through e-mail/skype and to shop/sell on-line.

Rachael Bennett – BSc(Hons), MHPC

Since qualifying as a Occupational Therapist over  the 15 years ago, I have worked in 3 major acute NHS centres. My day to day work involves working as part of a large multidisciplinary team. I regularly write professional notes and reports. I have solid skills in assessment, treatment planning and goal setting for a wide range of conditions in both children and adults. I am proficient in upper limb splinting  for neurological and orthopaedic conditions and lower limb fracture bracing. I have led audits and service developments.

In 2012 I was the winner of the Medipex Innovations award in the Medical Devices category with a product which is currently going through the design and production process with the ultimate aim of marketing it globally.

My practice is kept up to date by regular attendance at external courses and conferences. In most recent years I have attended courses in:

  • Mild Brain Injury- East Midlands Conference Centre
  • Brain injury in Adolescence- Hosted by JSP
  • PaediatricCancers-The Royal Marsden
  • PaediatricBrain Tumors- The Royal Marsden
  • Disorders of Consciousness- The Children’s TrustTadworth
  • Fatigue Masterclass- Collage of Occupational Therapy
  • Child Brain Injury Trust Conference 2014
  • FIM/FAM training-London
  • BayleysDevelopmental Assessment Training
  • PaediatricOncology OT AGM.

Lynn Palfreyman – Dip.COT, SROT, MHPC

I qualified from York in 1980, since when I have worked for the NHS predominately in and around Sheffield.

I have experience in many different aspects of Occupational Therapy, including plastics and burns, orthopaedics, hand injuries and major house adaptations.

For the last 15 years I have been a specialised community Occupational Therapist in Neurology covering all aspects of care, with a special interest in long term neurological conditions.

My ethos is to work towards the goals set by the client and family, maximising potential; liaising, and co-ordinating  with other members of the team.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, cycling, swimming as well as other water sports including scuba diving, sailing and kayaking. I look forward to foreign holidays in warm interesting places. I am an avid reader and have recently re-discovered knitting, mainly for the benefit of my young grandson.

Zarah Crawshaw – BSc(Hons), MHPC

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