MSc, BSc(Hons), PGCAP, FHEA, Dip COT, ROT
Specialist Occupational Therapist and Case Manager
T: 0161 762 9876
Jo is a hardworking and highly motivated occupational therapist with a range of skills developed working with adults and children with physical disability. An innovative problem solver using effective clinical reasoning to maximise potential whilst ensuring safety and independence. Highly skilled and professional team member with excellent organisational skills, passionate about occupational therapy and meeting individual’s needs to improve health and well-being.
Jo’s research interests and publications focus on specialist skills around promotion of safe moving and handling techniques whilst minimising the risk of pressure injuries. Skills developed through active research will be an asset to promote an evidence-based approach to intervention and evaluation of service provision.
Since June 2020, Jo has worked as a locum community occupational therapist carrying out assessments and providing interventions for adults to support independent living in the community. Interventions have included minor aids and adaptations, recommendations for major works through the DFG system, complex moving and handling assessments and training of service users, carers and family in a range of techniques including single handed care techniques. She has become familiar with the Liquidlogic electronic record system and liaison with a range of equipment providers. This taste of direct contact with service users and families has reinforced her passion to return to dynamic application of occupational therapy core skills to direct clinical contact facilitating occupational engagement.
As the professional lead for moving and handling and research within the Directorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of Salford, Jo has significantly changed the delivery of manual handling skill development to increase skill and safety levels whilst reducing errors. Her teaching spans the 3 years of undergraduate training and is skills based including practical assessment skills, splinting, occupational therapy process and practical hoisting and postural management / seating.
In addition to teaching practical skills Jo has maintained her clinical skills being actively involved with complex moving and handling assessments in the community and school settings with children with neurological impairment. Her research has facilitated the development of the patent protected “Klip2Lift / Klip2Stand” device as an innovative alternative to traditional slings.
As a member of the Salford University team since 1997, Jo has maintained clinical skills updates through bank work and clinical secondments to Pennine Care Trust covering the Medical Assessment Unit, Orthopaedics, rheumatology and Falls services as well as secondments to cover the Band 8a at Rochdale Infirmary. More recent locum work and specialist moving and handling assessments focused on longer term disability and neurological rehabilitation.Download Joanne's cv