I became a professional Occupational Therapist in 2002 and began a new challenge
I have been a professionally qualified Occupational Therapist since 2002 and have enjoyed a varied experience of Acute services in a busy London Hospital with some of the most outstanding and amazing individuals who exemplify teamwork and commitment to the upmost. Having worked all over the country in varied jobs I have met some truly outstanding people many of whom I would like to mention in further pages in this site. I will update this site with their activities as there is nothing like looking at your history in the faces of your friends.
Having practiced here in the UK I have also traveled to many places worldwide for development and training, most recently I travelled to Laos to assist with the Asociation for Aid and relief project in Vientiane. Below are some details of the trip and photographs.
I worked with a good friend and colleague that was my boss previously in the UK (Jo) and had the most amazing experience, I worked with the deaf and visually impaired school children, engaging in sports activities. These children just had so much energy. I helped to coach a developing team of basketball players and helped with the rehabilitaion of some of the clients in Laos. Access was a slight issue, as you can imagine, there is very little provision for dropped kerbs, ramps and lifts. I seem to remember a very raucous quiz night that ended in me shocking the residents of the local bar by me coming downstairs in my chair!
The streets and locality are quite hostile for negotiation with any impairment, but for a few forward thinking people who concider the social model of diability there is no real provision.
I was often either in the road (an altogether different driving experience) or really using my off road wheels.
The experience I gained from helping other athletes and children in this setting was invaluable to me.