Our team of experienced Occupational Therapists have been specially selected by our Lead Occupational Therapist to ensure that the highest level of expertise and professional service is always provided by OT4Independence.
Kay James is our lead Occupational Therapist, Kay has over twenty three years clinical experience. She has extensive skills, knowledge and experience working with people of all ages with complex disability needs. She specialises in the fields of moving and handling training, prescribing assistive equipment and recommending housing adaptations. She is based in Maidstone, Kent and is therefore well positioned to travel to home assessments and provide moving and handling training within the South East area.
Liz Holness has sixteen years of clinical experience working as an Occupational Therapist and prior to this she spent ten years working as a Healthcare Assistant in the NHS. Her areas of special interest include working with older people and Moving and Handling. She is a qualified Moving and Handling Trainer, a Best Interests Assessor (BIA) under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) framework.
Sarah Ash has over eighteen years clinical experience practicing as an Occupational Therapist. Prior to this, she spent nine years working as an Occupational Therapy assistant in the NHS. She has a special interest in palliative care and Moving and Handling. She is a qualified Moving and Handling Trainer and works as the Manual Handling Specialist Lead for Pilgrims Hospice in a part time position.
Frances Ridley qualified as an Occupational Therapist over eight years ago. During this time, she have developed a vast knowledge of assessments, health conditions and service provision due to the expanding role of Occupational Therapy within social care and intermediate care. She has skills and expertise in moving and handling people, prescribing equipment, training carers to use the equipment safely, recommending minor and major housing adaptations, investigating safeguarding alerts, discharge coordinating and management. She is qualified to deliver Moving and Handling training.
Jane Dolphin has eleven years experience of working in Adult Social Care, as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a Safeguarding Adults Coordinator. For many of those years she worked as an OT in a diverse, densely populated London Borough, as a Senior Practitioner and qualified as a Moving and Handling trainer. More recently, she has worked in a Short-Term Pathways Team and as a Safeguarding Coordinator. Currently she practices as an Independent Occupational Therapist and Moving and Handling Trainer.
Katie Lovelock qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009, she has worked in the community, inpatient intermediate care and with acute inpatients. During this time, she has expanded her knowledge and skills to be able to carry out a range of assessments and interventions focused on each individual; graded and adapted, as appropriate. She completed her Greenwich University Moving and Handling Trainer Qualification in 2014 and she trains her Occupational Therapy colleagues during her part-time hospital job role. She helps families and carers to support patients on discharge home with hoisting, bed mobility and transfers. She provides Moving and Handling Training and an Independent Occupational Therapy Service into care homes for OT4Independence Ltd.
Caroline Sted-Smith has 14 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist. Initially she worked in an NHS trust in acute primary care then in Adult Social Services where she developed her skills in assessment and rehabilitation. For the past 6 years, she has worked in the private sector. She specialises in enablement and rehabilitation as well as in the provision of major adaptations and the prescription of assistive technology to increase safety, independence and wellbeing for clients of all ages. She works with patients of any age with diverse needs, including those with: brain injuries, neurological conditions, spinal injuries, orthopedic trauma, and older clients with mobility difficulties. Caroline frequently works with both formal and informal carers in both domestic and institutional settings to ensure that they are also enabled to provide the best possible care helping them gain the skills and knowledge to use aids and adaptations to protect themselves from injury or unnecessary strain.
If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment or book some training, please contact our Director and Lead Occupational Therapist, Kay James on:
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We are all members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.