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Susan Ormerod

Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor

T: 07769 223842
E: susan@rehabforindependence.co.uk

Susan’s passion for occupational therapy and neuro rehabilitation, came about due to her experiences whilst under taking her Diploma in Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Studies, combined with life experiences of family illness. Susan completed her Diploma at Coventry University in 2010, which was a practice lead course, with her placements being mental health and stroke rehabilitation led.

As a support worker, working within the community private sector, Susan worked with vulnerable adults with a variety of different and complex conditions. Susan’s work here was mainly focused on those with Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnosis, working around their challenging and unpredictable behaviours within their daily lives. Tasks such as ensuring the individual gains their independence through shopping, money management, hospital appointments and personal hygiene. This was a complex role and involved helping to include the client’s families, who often feel left out after diagnosis. This role, which was both challenging and rewarding allowed Susan to expand on her inter personal and communicational skills.

Susan has worked as a rehabilitation assistant on a neurological ward in the private sector, with clients with acquired or traumatic brain injuries. Susan’s main role here involved working with the MDT team to ensure that each client works towards their goals on a daily basis and work towards their rehabilitation process needs. During this role, Susan expanded on her clinical skills and gained knowledge in peg/pej care and nutrition, tracheostomy care, whilst also becoming competent in ventilation using the Nippy3 and Trilogy. This also included suctioning and o2 therapy, in both adults and children. Whilst working on the unit Susan took clients into the community on recreational trips. This role presented new challenges each day but continually provided her with new learning experiences which she found extremely rewarding.

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