Jo Turnbull

Jo is an Occupational Therapist, gaining an honours degree in Occupational Therapy at York in 1995.  She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and the Association’s Specialist Sections in Housing and Independent Practice in addition to being registered with Health and Social Care Professions Council.  Since qualifying Jo has gained in depth experience of working with children and adults with complex physical disabilities.

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Kate Makin

Kate qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and since then has worked in a variety of clinical settings. Most of Kate’s work in the statutory sector involved working with clients with complex physical illnesses and disabilities. This included assessing for specialist aids and adaptations, developing moving and handling care plans, establishing care plans, and undertaking a high level of complex seating and postural needs assessments.

Kate has also previously worked as an Occupational Therapist for NHS Wheelchair Services undertaking wheelchair assessments and also for a housing association. This housing role involved assessing individual’s housing needs, advising on home adaptations, and contributing towards the planning of accessible housing.

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Philippa Feltham-White

Philippa Feltham-White is an experienced Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and an Advanced Brain Injury Case Manager. She has worked in a variety of locations including England, Scotland, Germany and South Africa, as well as in a voluntary capacity in Romania. She has worked within the NHS, private independent and charitable sectors.

Philippa has experience of working with individuals who are on the autistic spectrum, and struggle with change, transitions and adjustment to their environments. She has experience of the new Education Health and Care Plans and SEND Tribunals, and has gained additional qualifications in this. She has an interest in transitions, working with adolescents moving between educational establishments and/or into independent living and engaging with employment opportunities. She has worked with the Military community both in the UK and in Germany.

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Sarah Johnson

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist with over twenty five years of experience working in the field of disability. She has extensive experience of working with adults and children with a wide range of complex disabilities. Sarah qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999.

Sarah chose to specialise in Occupational Therapy in a local authority setting, carrying out holistic assessments of need for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.

Sarah’s work with children provided her with the opportunity to assess and provide therapy for those children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and children with autistic spectrum disorders. Sarah managed an Occupational Therapy Service which provided support to children with physical disabilities and sensory impairments such as visual and hearing impairments.

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Jane Mills

Jane is an Occupational Therapist with nearly thirty years of experience working in the NHS, Social Services, education, residential care and the private sector both across the UK and in South Africa. She has diverse knowledge and experience of working with adults and children with profound disabilities and complex health and social care needs.

Jane’s experience includes the assessment and provision of specialist equipment, home adaptations,
re-housing, manual handling assessments, risk assessments and care plans.  The assessment of care needs in the community, short break and residential provision are an integral part of this work. Jane has also delivered training to Care and Education Staff and was involved in assessing care needs, reviewing care packages, and processes in respect of safeguarding children and the protection of vulnerable adults.

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Jane Toplis

ane has specialised in the field of accommodation for a wide range of claimants; including wheelchair users, amputees, claimants with profound learning and physical difficulties, claimants with vision impairments and a range of other permanent disabilities. Some of these claimants have been based outside the UK in France, Germany and the Netherlands. She has also acted as an Expert on cases brought under the Disability Discrimination Act (now known as the Equality Act).

Jane is a Consultant Member of National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and has acted as a Specialist Access Assessor for the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Civic Trust.

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Caroline Havard

Caroline graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster in 1987. Following graduation, Caroline began her career as a Junior Physiotherapist at Llandough Hospital, Cardiff, gaining experience in respiratory, thoracic surgery, care of the elderly, musculo-skeletal, Intensive Care, Stroke Unit, special school and community paediatrics.

In addition to her primary care role at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Caroline currently provides and coordinates the service to Crownbridge Special School, Cwmbran, Torfaen, which has been awarded the Quality Mark for delivering the MOVE Programme.

Caroline has experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team addressing the needs of children with complex disability, including collaborating with other professionals in the provision of specialist seating, wheelchairs, lying and standing supports and walking frames.  She is actively involved in development of service provision to this client group.

Caroline is currently participating in the NCEPOD chronic Neuro-disability study as a Case Reviewer.

She has carried out Expert Witness work since 2009.

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Anne Harris

Anne has over 40 years of clinical experience working mainly with clients with complex neurological and orthopaedic injuries, within a hospital setting, Child Development Centre, special schools, residential schools and homes and within the community.

Through voluntary work Anne has maintained her involvement with adults and utilised her occupational therapy skills and knowledge. As a qualified Welfare Rights Adviser she has helped clients with a wide range of disabilities including amputations, strokes, spinal injuries, visual impairment and orthopaedic trauma to identify their additional care, mobility and participatory needs and make successful disability benefit claims. She gained a Diploma in Counselling in 2001 and as a Counsellor maintains an interest in psychological health. Presenting conditions of clients have included depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, bereavement and adjustment to disability.

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