Where are you from?
I am from Manchester (Crumpsall originally) but its not as bad as people may think! I have always lived in or around the city centre but now live in Bury.
Where did you study?
I went to Coventry University to study occupational therapy, but didn’t complete the course due to illness in the family, so I completed my diploma in occupational therapy instead.
Where did you work previously?
I used to be a manager in retail which suited me and my perfectionist needs! I left retail after over 10 years and became a support worker in the community, working with vulnerable adults on improving their independence skills. I then worked my way up to being a care co-ordinator for the company. After this I became a rehab assistant at a neuro inpatient unit, this helped me build on my clinical skills. I was then offered the position of technical instructor with Rehab for Independence and I haven’t looked back since.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Other than my dog licking my face or sitting on my head to wake me up! The love of my job definitely helps.
What’s an average day look like for you?
An average day doesn’t exist at RfI! I am lucky to have a very varied caseload which suits me fine and clients who are fab, on a weekly basis my diary consist of;
- Travel training
- Money management
- Goal setting and equipment justifications
- Cooking skills
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Sensory treatment plans
- Attending supervision and training
- Also, lots of paperwork and emails!
What’s been the single best moment of your career?
Getting a client who was told that they would never be able to walk or do things for themselves, to be able to walk unassisted (or, with a little help from physio too!) and now has moved into their own property.
If you didn’t do this job – what would you do?
Ooo this is a hard one… I’d love to say winning the lottery and shopping all day but I would do my own head in so it’s definitely a good job I work at RfI, I can do Mark’s head in then!