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I am a senior lecturer in occupational therapy in the institute of health and social care. I joined LSBU in 2003 having previously worked at East London and City Mental Health Trust. I also work as an occupational therapist in a parental mental health team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I teach on the pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy programmes.
I am passionate about occupational therapy because it provides a person-centred approach to intervention to support meaningful occupations for individuals. My interests focus on mental health, perinatal mental health, the therapeutic use of self and groupwork.
My recent work projects include evaluation of a perinatal group for women with mental health issues with infants under 6 months and a chapter for a perinatal text (in print) – Group Work in Perinatal Mental Health.
I contributed to: Davis, J. & Lovegrove, M.(2019) Allied health professionals and psychologists in the maternity care pathway. London: Health Education England.
I also contributed to the NHS Health Education England Perinatal Mental Health Occupational Therapy online training (2019)
I am a co-founder of the RCOT specialist section mental health - perinatal clinical forum committee and continue to deliver bimonthly networking and learning events for those interested in this area including students, academics and occupational therapists.
I deliver clinical supervision training to 3 external trusts.
In 2021 I was invited to join the host of ‘OT & Chill’ podcast Episode 32 and present my work in perinatal mental health.
I have presented outcomes of group work in April 2021 at the Infant Mental Health Conference, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Role of OT in Father's Mental Health at the LSBU Occupational Therapy Society June 2022.
Occupational Therapy (pre-registration mode) - MSc
Occupational Therapy - BSc (Hons)
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
London South Bank University
Westminster Pastoral Foundation
Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy
Developed expertise in individual and range of group work.
Developed and supported infrastructures for staff and patients - 2 acute wards, occupational therapy department, psychotherapy services and service user run facility.
Chair of mental health policy validation group and patient liaison committee developing and reviewing policies and procedures.
Delivery of teaching to postgraduate occupational therapy students
Care coordination and specialist perinatal lead intervention for parents experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns Delivery and promotion of postnatal group intervention
Training and consultation to health, social care and education staff
|Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust||2022||HSC_Clinical Supervision Training October 2022_Oxleas||Principal Investigator|
|Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust||2022||HSC_Update for Mental Health OT's_CANDI||Principal Investigator|
|Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust||2022||HSC_Clinical Supervision Training May 2022_Oxleas||Principal Investigator|
|Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust||2020||HSC_Short Courses_Oxleas_AHP Clinical Supervision||Co-Investigator|
|Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust||2019||H650_Short Courses_OXLEAS_Clinical Supervision||Co-Investigator|
Committee member of Perinatal Clinical Forum