Treating Specialist Paediatric Occupational The
Based in: Worcestershire
Clients: South West and Midlands regions
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
- State Registered Occupational Therapist
- Registered with the Health Professionals Council
- Bobath Trained Occupational Therapist
- Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
Marie has over 18 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist in both the NHS and the private sector. Although Marie has previously worked with adults, her main experience is with children. She currently works part time as an Advanced Therapist in Warwickshire’s Integrated Disability Team for children and is part of a growing Occupational Therapy service. She has experience of working with a diverse caseload of children 0-19 years old with a variety of difficulties including complex needs, severe learning difficulties, life threatening illness, co-ordination difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, and handwriting difficulties. She is responsible for supervising team members and works closely with management dealing with departmental leadership issues.
Marie is a trained Bobath Therapist and has experience of working with children with complex therapy and equipment needs. Marie can therefore write and implement treatment programmes and works closely with colleagues to develop their neuro-developmental skills.
Since November 2009, Marie has become involved in private practice and has a number of cases across the West Midlands. These cases include children and adults with traumatic brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy, spinal injuries and co-ordination/handwriting difficulties. Marie has been involved in therapy sessions, equipment, adaptations and hand splinting.
Marie started working in paediatrics in July 1999 as a Junior Occupational Therapist and gradually worked through the grades into her current position. She has been lucky to remain in the same team and has worked actively with colleagues and managers to develop the service and make significant improvements. The team is integrated with Social Care therefore consequently Marie not only has experience with therapy interventions, but equipment needs, minor adaptations and major adaptations to both homes and schools.
Marie has been involved in developing and implementing traded services, which allow parents and schools to pay for specialist services linked to sensory integration, neurodevelopmental input and co-ordination/handwriting assessments. Marie has developed the hand splinting service from scratch and is one of the departments lead splinting therapists.
Marie is a keen musician and plays the Clarinet up to a Grade 8 standard, Alto Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone. She regularly plays for the Stratford Concert Band, Stratford Upon Avon Festival Orchestra and a small jazz / swing band.
Marie is part of a few village amateur dramatics groups and gets involved with performing in the annual charity fundraising show. Along with her husband, Marie provides music for the local church and organises children from the village to play their instruments during services. Marie also enjoys swimming, walking, cycling and going to concerts and the theatre.