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occupational therapy

Occupational therapy aims to enable and empower people to be competent and confident in their daily lives and thereby to enhance wellbeing and minimise the effects of dysfunction or environmental barriers (Duncan 2006). Occupational therapy addresses such dysfunction using a range of interventions that often include adapting the demand of an everyday activity, altering the physical or social environment, teaching clients a new repertoire of skills or helping them to re-establish ones they have lost (Duncan 2006). Occupational therapy is delivered within a range of settings as appropriate to the individual client’s lifestyle and is undertaken by professionals working in partnership with the client, family, multidisciplinary teams, and other agencies involved in the client’s rehabilitation team and support.

An occupational therapist will carry out a full assessment of activities of daily living, along with the practical things the client needs to carry out their daily activities.

The dedicated team will work with clients, families, and support networks to identify personal and meaningful goals aiming to maximise independence, safety, and quality of life.

RCOT

The British Association and Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) are committed to promoting the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives

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HCPC

The Health Care Professionals Council protect the public by regulating 15 health and care professions in the UK

set standards for professionals’ education and training and practice;

approve programmes which professionals must complete to registered

keep a register of professionals, known as ‘registrants’, who meet  standards; and

take action if professionals on our Register do not meet standards.

 
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Case management

Our case managers are committed to accessing the client’s needs and applying the best course of action enabling clients to reach their full potential.

The role of a case manager is to act as an advocate on behalf of the client ensuring the client is the number one priority.

Following the Initial Assessment, a comprehensive report will be produced. The report will indicate the interventions deemed necessary to support the individual client. These recommends may include input from a case manager, occupational therapist, physiotherapy, speech and language therapist, neurological psychologist, rehabilitation support, behavioural ophthalmologist, and any other required discipline.

The case manager will instruct the recommended therapists to undertake an independent review with the client.

This report will highlight in detail, appropriate costs associated to on-going interventions. The goal is to help individuals regain independence to carry out activities of daily living with minimal assistance.

The case manager will be your main go to person to facilitate all aspects of your rehabilitation.

BABICM

The British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM) is the representative body providing a structure for the continued professional advancement of case management and promoting best practice to address and manage the needs of people with brain injury and people with other complex conditions.

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CMSUK

The Case Management Society UK (CMSUK), is a non-profit association of Case Managers, committed to the delivery of quality case management through standards of best practice while promoting the individual and collective development of case management throughout the United Kingdom.

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sensory integration assessments and interventions

Sensory integration is about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday life. There is a theory of sensory integration and a therapeutic approach based on the theory.

Our understanding of sensory integration was initially developed in the late 60s and 70s by Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and psychologist with an understanding of neuroscience, working in the United States of America. Jean Ayres was interested in explaining how difficulties with receiving and processing sensory information from one’s body and environment could relate to difficulties at school or using one’s body to engage in everyday life.

The different parts of our body that receive sensory information from our environment (such as our skin, eyes and ears) send this information up to our brain. Our brain interprets the information it receives, compares it to other information coming in as well as to information stored in our memory and then the brain uses all of this information to help us respond to our environment. Therefore sensory integration is important in all the things that we need to do (such as getting dressed, eating, socialising, learning and working).

For most of us the development of sensory integration occurs when we are young as part of our normal development and in the things we do such as rolling, crawling, walking and in play; for others sensory integration is less well developed – see problems with sensory integration.

Jean Ayres developed a theory about what happens when sensory integration does not develop well, she developed a way of assessing these difficulties and a way of treating them. She carried out research to further develop and understand sensory integration and she treated many children with sensory integration difficulties. Since then a number of occupational therapists have continued her work. With new brain imaging techniques, much of what Ayres postulated has been supported.

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Medico-legal reports and Expert Witness

We offer expert medico-legal reports and assessments for solicitors and case managers. Our team work effectively in partnership with a range of rehabilitation and legal professionals to ensure the most comprehensive service is provided for each client. Further information can be obtained by calling 0161 762 9876.

Public Health England

If a legal question is raised or access to records is requested the clinician should refer to local trust policy and check with the trust’s legal team. Providers should be able to demonstrate they have undertaken due diligence in assessing how the duty of candour applies to each serious incident and seek legal advice where necessary.

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Citizens Advice 

It’s important to make sure that you get all the help that you’re entitled to. These pages give you information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.

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