Following a successful career in retail management, I began to study Occupational Therapy at Southampton University in September 2006. During my studies I developed a keen interest in both neurology and mental health. I graduated from University in July 2009 as a Bachelor of Science with Honours. Following graduation I worked for the Priory in a medium and low secure forensic unit for males in Surrey. My role involved providing treatment and rehabilitation to patients with severe and enduring mental health problems, as well as developing the overall occupational therapy service.
I worked with a range of diagnoses including; brain injury, schizophrenia, personality disorder, learning disabilities and mood affective disorders. In 2010 I moved to a female forensic unit in Sussex run by Partnerships in Care, taking on a senior role. Again I worked with a range of diagnoses, providing rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, support, education and guidance to patients. I provided education and supervision to staff and visitors to the hospital.
Due to my increasing interest in brain injury I decided to focus my learning and development in this area. I began working with Head First as a Case Manager in April 2011. I am an advanced practitioner member of BABICM, the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists.'