Adults and Children with:
- Traumatic or acquired brain injury.
- Spinal and spinal cord injury.
- Birth injury including Cerebral Palsy.
- Long-term neurological conditions and impairments.
- Associated respiratory.
- Associated terminal illness/palliative care.
- Associated orthopaedic injuries.
- Associated visual and hearing impairment.
- Associated internal injuries.
Clinical Currency Statement
As at June 2021, I am engaged in the role of Case Manager for CA Case Management Limited for an average of 120 hours per month.
Specific Injuries Experience
Kay has a focus on working with clients with spinal cord injury. She draws this experience from her varying roles with care providers in the UK and New Zealand. She has confidence in all levels of spinal cord injury and understands the long-term implications of such injuries and the likely recommendations required.
Kay currently works with a cross-section of brain injured clients, including those who have significant cognitive, behavioural and mobility issues. Her clients are either in secure inpatient rehab, other residential care settings or at home in the community. In conjunction with this Kay will confidently deal with any orthopaedic or fracture injuries.
Kay has also worked with a number of children with high care and support needs, including those with Cerebral Palsy, hypoxic and traumatic brain injury and other genetic abnormalities. She has significant experience in working with clients who are non-verbal and/or use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). She is confident in working with the families closely to secure the safest outcome for the child in question.
Kay has significant experience in co-ordinating some of the most complex packages of care for both adults and children with exceptional health care needs, including those requiring long term home-based ventilation, both agency and directly employed. She has experience of CHC, social care and privately funded, medico-legal packages of care and has a sound understanding of when care needs can be met with a support worker and when nursing care is required to ensure the client’s needs are met and ongoing safety. She is able to clinically assess and provide rationale for the client needs and has been successful in her case management practice in gaining funding for packages of care requiring up to 3 carers to 1 client, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
As a highly motivated Occupational Therapist and Case Manager, Kay strives to make a difference to her clients’ lives through facilitating independence and age appropriate occupations. She has a passion for working with individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries including those with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and birth injury.
Kay has a unique insight that many Occupational Therapists do not. Her work has predominantly been care-led and has had a focus on inputting high level care needs including supporting clients with autonomic instability and complex airway management. Because of this she has a keen interest in moving and handling and during her time working with various care organisations, in the UK and New Zealand, her role was to ensure safety and maximum independence for her catastrophically injured clients. Often these clients had significant levels of nursing and personal care needs, up to 3:1, with most having care 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Within these complex packages of care, she is experienced in training staff to complete complex transfers with specific equipment and detailing how a task should be completed. To her it is vital the teams that she works with have the skills and resources to care for patients effectively at home.
Kay qualified as an Occupational Therapist in March 2008 (Gained UK HPC registration in June 2013). She has also completed 2.5 years of a BSc with a major in human anatomy and structural biology. Her studies included elective papers in inclusive education and special needs educational needs, wheelchairs and seating, and housing adaptions.
Kay began work a Catastrophic Injury Case Manager in 2017 and carries a caseload that complements her previous experience in brain, spinal cord and birth injury care.
Qualifications and Membership
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
- Royal College Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
- Royal College Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section – Children, Young People and Families (RCOTSS-CYPF).
- Royal College Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section – Neurological Practice (RCOTSS-NP).
- Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- Member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).
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