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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occupational therapist and coach

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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Occupational Therapist

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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Karen Davies

OTs Doing it Differently: Karen Davies

Karen Davies is an Occupational Therapist, with a special interest in helping people to return to some kind of occupation. She has worked mostly in mental health. She has also worked with unemployed people, helping them to regain confidence and find a place in their community where they can use their skills. The Condition Management Programme project, where she had been working, was closed and 60 health professionals had to find alternative employment. Karen used some of her redundancy money…

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ANNA STICKLEY

OTs doing it Differently: Anna Stickley

After working as an OT in adult mental health for a number of years, I had the opportunity to manage a psychosocial project in Uganda. It had been one of my childhood dreams to live in a mud hut and do humanitarian work! (I still don’t know why)! My experience in Uganda changed my perception of OT and what OTs can offer. I had the opportunity to design an create a psychosocial program focusing on the needs of children, their…

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OT Doing it Differently: Liz Gow

OTs Doing it Differently: Liz Gow

“I qualified in Glasgow and in 2004 thought I had done my dash with OT, after nearly 10 years.  I was and am still in New Zealand.  I loved OT and it meant so much, so before giving away my Profession I felt I needed to be sure it was OT that was not working for me.  I saw an ad in the local paper about adult education classes and attended night school for 4 weeks.  The class was called…

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OT’s doing it differently: Awele Odeh

OTs doing it differently: Awele Odeh

My name is Awele Odeh and I’m based in East London/ Essex border. I’ve worked as an OT for 11 yrs. In 2007 I decided that I needed to rejeuvenate my passion for OT (we’ve all felt this way, I know), so I invested in a new set of skills and I studied to become an NLP Master Practitioner. This then developed into further study and I completed my diploma in Psychotherapy in April 2010.(I really enjoyed learning- and learning…

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PETER SCOTCHER

OTs Doing it Differently: Peter Scotcher Occupational Therapist and WRAP facilitator

“I did it!” These words came spontaneously out of my mouth on Christmas Eve 2014 when I left the office of the mental health team for the last time. My career with the NHS began in 2003 when I started an Occupational Therapy (OT) degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to that I had been a support worker for a private Brain Injury Rehab company and I always liked the idea of health care outside the NHS. I also had…

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ABIGAIL OFFICER

Abigail Officer Occupational Health: Health & Wellbeing Service

As a newly qualified OT, I took on a huge challenge developing a brand-new role for an Occupational health, health and wellbeing service. The idea was to provide telephone based intervention for teachers who were absent from work with mental health and/or physical challenges. My intervention packs focus on stress, anxiety, fatigue management, lifestyle coaching, condition management and work-life balance.  I felt as if I had been thrown into the deep end, trying to make sense of my learning from university and rummaging through reflections from past placements.…

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