Occupational therapistWith over 35 years’ experience as an occupational therapist, Linda has been a clinician, operational manager, occupational therapy lead and director for AHPs. She has developed, supported, led and managed teams of allied health professionals, nurses and acute hospital staff as well as teams in strategy and development, communications and marketing, patient and public experience, human resources and staff and partner engagement. Within the NHS she developed and implemented an in-house charity to provide social return to local community groups focused on improving health and wellbeing.

Her experience has helped her develop into an occupational therapist with an extensive understanding of the ‘business’ of health and social care, a head that can ‘do numbers’, a passion for people and a skill for service development. However, the most important things remain our focus on services for our clients, maintaining our focus as occupational therapists and developing our services and profession.

To make our mark, we initially need to understand the environment and motivations of the people who will fund our services and need our outcomes. Linda can help people consider the skills and services they are delivering, the environments they operate in, and the development of their independent practice or statutory services. She can help people work on marketing and communications from an occupational therapy perspective, develop business cases, describe clinical and economic impact and social return, and consider their own strengths and contributions.

Linda’s background has mainly been in mental health, but she has also worked in community and acute. She has recently completed some further training in Job Demands Analysis and Functional Capacity Evaluation and has started some clinical work in vocational assessment and rehabilitation.

As an independent occupational therapist, she provides advice, consultancy support, mentoring, business development coaching, project management, service review and economic analysis. She runs workshops on business development and has recently developed and run a successful workshop for the RCOT Specialist Section for Independent Practice. She is a guest lecturer at Salford University on their module on emerging areas of practice and health economics for occupational therapists.

She is currently chair of the English Board of Occupational Therapists, a member and vice-chair of the Council of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and a member of RCOT audit committee. She is a board trustee for a local stroke charity and a dementia champion. As an associate, she provides advice to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.