Sue Hanisch

By Bush & Company

Sue Hanisch graduated from Salford in 1979 and went straight into Paediatric work, where she was the first OT to set up a community paediatric service in Blackburn and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Based in a Special School and seeing children at a child psychiatry unit in Darwen, as well as at home, it was a busy service. All ages of children were referred to the service, with every possible condition. Sue Hanisch’s work involved assessment, splinting, issuing equipment, devising programmes, educating parents and carers in the application of treatment and learning life skills as well as liaising with Social Services, education and running the toy library in five different locations. She soon became involved with Clinical Supervision, educating student nurses as well as students from OT and PT schools, as well as junior staff.

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