Qualified Occupational Therapist
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Psychology specialising in Clinical Psychology
Registered with HCPC
I am a registered Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience working both within local authority adult services and NHS mental health services where I gained wide experience assessing mental capacity in line with the MCA (2005) as part of my previous work roles and subsequently my role with TSF Consultants.
In my most recent NHS role within a local community mental health team for older people, my work involved frequent assessment of people’s mental capacity for example, in respect to consent to treatment, or decisions regarding where to live. The client group included people with both functional and organic mental disorders e.g. different types of dementia, schizophrenia, bi-polar disease. My previous work roles also included working with adults with a wide range of both physical and mental disabilities, including long term conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
In my current role, as a Mental Capacity Assessor, I have further developed my experience so that I am proficient at assessing mental capacity for a broad range of financial and legal decisions. I have specialist skills in facilitating understanding and communication to maximise a person’s decision-making ability.
I feel that it is important to enable everyone with the correct support to be able to have the opportunity to express their opinions and decisions. As an occupational therapist I understand the importance of identifying what is important and meaningful to each individual and use my skills to help them to reach their full potential.