- Orthopaedic injuries including lower limb amputations and limb weakness.
- Joint replacements (hip and knee) and conditions affecting the joints (arthritis).
- Neurological conditions (including stroke, MS, MND and Parkinsons).
- Chronic pain.
- Moving and handling.
- Associated mild brain injury.
- Associated internal injuries, including stoma care.
- Associated cancer, terminal illness, and palliative care.
- Associated psychological, mental health and cognitive difficulties.
- Associated visual and hearing impairment or loss.
Clinical Currency Statement
As at March 2022, I am engaged in the role of Occupational Therapist for Coventry Council Adult Social Care Personalisation Team for an average of 108 hours per month.
Specific Injuries Experience
Leanne commonly deals with the ongoing support, equipment and adaptation needs of adults with physical disabilities, primarily orthopaedic, including lower limb amputations. Many of her clients have issues with joints, either following orthopaedic surgery, such as joint replacement or due to arthritis. This will often result in pain and weakness in one limb. Leanne is responsible for managing their ongoing equipment and care needs.
A large number of Leanne’s caseload present with complex and various comorbidities relating to neurological impairments, such as Stroke, MS, MND, Huntington’s and Parkinsons as well physical injuries. This commonly results in associated cognitive deficits and mental health complications.
Some of Leanne’s clients have secondary issues including visual/hearing impairments or loss, and many also have medical needs following internal injuries and therefore require health related equipment, such as catheters, stoma and PEG feed systems. These clients require ongoing management in the community which Leanne co-ordinates.
Leanne’s role within an Adult Social Care Personalisation Team requires her to provide a combination of timely treatment plans including care provision, equipment provision, as well as assessments, reports, and regular ongoing reviews of an individuals’ continuing needs. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, she works with adults who have long term substantial physical difficulties. She has assisted to varying degrees with personal care, medication, domestic tasks, community and leisure-based activities, and money management.
Leanne completes full functional assessments of clients within their home and local community. She reviews the appropriateness of care packages for clients needing continuing care at home. This involves care reviews post discharge from hospital settings, setting up new care packages, adjusting existing care packages and reviewing all single and double handed care plans.
She also assesses for and provides standard and specialist equipment to maintain and/or compensate for loss of independence and to ensure her client’s safety. Leanne also considers the provision of moving and handling equipment and training for agency staff and informal carers. She assesses the suitability of a client’s property and where this is not considered to be suitable she completes a Housing Needs Report and makes recommendations for a new property or adaptations to the existing property.
In her current role Leanne also provides supervision and oversight for members of her team.
Qualifications and Membership
- BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2012.
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Science
- BTEC National Diploma in Holistic Therapies
Care Expert Witness
Jacqueline Webb & Co Limited
Coventry Council, Adult Social Care Personalisation Team
South Warwickshire NHS Trust, Medical Wards