Coverage: Southern/Central England
Christine is a qualified Occupational Therapist, who has worked within a variety of clinical settings in acute and subacute hospitals both in the United Kingdom and within Australia. Through Occupational Therapy positions held within acute stroke units, specialist neuro-rehabilitation units and wheelchair services, she has developed a diverse range of skills and knowledge in neurological assessment and rehabilitation. As a Case Manager, Christine manages clients who have sustained a wide range of catastrophic injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and complex physical and psychological trauma.
Neuro-rehabilitation is an area of Occupational Therapy that Christine is very passionate about and she finds the diversity in managing such complex cases a rewarding challenge. Christine has experience working across several acute neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and long-term neurological disorders, such as, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multisystem atrophy and motor neurone disease. In addition to her experience working with neurological conditions, Christine has also gained clinical experience within acute hospital environments, such as, a major trauma centre, medical wards and emergency department. From these clinical roles, she has gained knowledge of complex orthopaedic trauma, spinal injuries, amputations and various acute medical conditions.
Christine has extensive experience undertaking physical, perceptual and cognitive assessments and strives to provide evidence-based, client focused interventions in order to promote optimal recovery, functional capacity and quality of life. Through her experiences working with a diverse range of clients, as a Case Manager she is able to apply her assessment and treatment skills to complete Immediate Needs Assessments and implement the subsequent rehabilitation programmes. Christine is accustomed to creating client centred rehabilitation goals whilst working with the client and their family.
Christine is regularly involved in providing recommendations for ongoing care needs, which involves advice on specialist equipment (e.g. posture management, manual handling equipment, activities of daily living aids, etc.), home modifications and the level of care/support required. Within a case management role, she applies these skills to form concise recommendations within reports and coordinates treatment plans with the appropriate health care professionals and care providers to ensure client needs are met.
Christine strives to provide the highest quality of client care through evidence-based practice. In addition to reviewing current research relevant to her area of work and client needs, she has also recently published an article in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, presenting her findings from working with prostate cancer survivors, focusing on changes to physical function and its impact on quality of life. She has recently completed a posture management course for complex disabilities at the Oxford Centre for Enablement to further develop her specialist posture assessment and seating provision skills.
Christine is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and Australian Health Practitioner’s Association (AHPRA). She is also a professional member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT), a member of the Specialist Neurological Practice (SSNP) interest group, and the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).