inclusion me

Starting Out: Tips On Being An Independent Occupational Therapist

Matthew Box established his OT company “Inclusion Me” in 2009 after working as an OT in Kent Social Services. Today, 9 years later, his company has over 40 associates and clients have included: ZSL, Selfridges, Nike and numerous Local Authorities including The City Of London, Thurrock & Hammersmith & Fulham alongside various large scale building contractors.  Inclusion.Me’s mission is to provide accessible services that are underpinned by dignity and empowerment:   We apply ‘Universal Design’, maximizing usability of facilities for…

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DR LYNNE GOODACRE

OTs Doing it Differently: Dr Lynne Goodacre, Letting go of being in the room

The inspiration for this post came from a comment Jen made in her last ezine when writing about her drives with her daughter: She faces forward and we don’t need to make eye contact. This is really helpful in terms of freeing up our brains to do their own sorting and regulating and so helpful in coaching, which is why I enjoy telephone coaching so much. This comment really resonated with me in terms of my coaching journey and my…

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JULIA PFLAUM

OTs Doing it Differently: Julia PFLAUM, Occupational Therapy and ADHD

I work in a clinic for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a fascinating area to work in. I started in a new Occupational Therapy role in the clinic at the beginning of the year as it expands to offer more psychosocial interventions. Adult ADHD has been established as a diagnosis only relatively recently and many of our referrals are from people who have contacted their GP after having a child diagnosed or learning about ADHD in…

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OTs DOING IT DIFFERENTLY: Lyndsey Barrett, Sport For Confidence

Senior Occupational Therapist, Lyndsey Barrett worked in the NHS for 19 years. Towards the end of this period she began to question whether the traditional delivery methods employed by the NHS are always the most effective means of achieving positive client outcomes on a large scale. As a keen netball player, Lyndsey was very aware that regular physical activity, delivered in a controlled, safe, mainstream, environment could provide the perfect setting to achieve positive occupational outcomes. So, in 2015, Lyndsey joined…

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Rachel Wilson

OTs doing it differently…. Rachel Wilson

I qualified as an OT in 2003. I knew I wanted to be an OT from the age of 13, and I was not going to let my stigmatised teenage single mum status stop me from living the dream! I threw myself into my employment within the NHS and involved myself in the wider professional arena by signing up for regional BAOT committee posts and submitting abstracts for presenting at COT conferences at an early stage. Networking with people I…

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Lynne Goodacre

Lynne Goodacre, Occupational Therapist and Coach

I have had a fairly non-traditional career trajectory over the last 30 years working in the NHS, a user led voluntary organisation, academia and now independent practice. I love working across boundaries and am energised by personal growth and development. I undertook my PhD while working full time and understand the challenges of combining work, study and family life. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and focus my practice on supporting women in their personal development. I offer coaching…

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Kate Sheehan

Kate Sheehan, Director and Occupational Therapist

I am a well-respected Occupational Therapist, with 30 years of clinical experience and the Director of The OT Service, which provides  bespoke housing and equipment interventions Occupational Therapy services to case managers and we provide consultancy services to companies both within and outside the disability sector. I am passionate about promoting and supporting our profession and offer both clinical and business support to individuals and local authorities, I have always been a bit of a maverick and believe that sometimes shaking the system…

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Roz Smithson, Occupational Therapist & Coach

I have about 30 years of experience working as an occupational therapist and / or manager and in 2006 I completed my post graduate Diploma in Performance Coaching. Subsequently I have worked as a coach with people from a range of occupations and organisations. I believe that people have the resources within themselves to create successful and lasting solutions. At certain points in their lives people can benefit from working with a coach who supports, challenges and enables them to…

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Linda Agnew, Occupational Therapist & Coach

With 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…

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RACHEL JENKINS

OTs Doing it Differently: Rachel Jenkins – From university to independent practice – in at the deep end

Armed with my first class Bsc(Hons) in occupational therapy I thought the job market would open up before me without too much effort. How wrong I was. Firstly there were no jobs. Secondly, my grade counted for little when competing against people with years of experience. As a mature student I have had my share of job interviews over the years but it still shocked me that I couldn’t even get to interview stage for posts I was applying for.…

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