Patricia Jane Corbett
Occupational Therapist MSC BA Hons Dip COT
HCPC Number OT15661
Web Contact The College of Occupational Therapists
Since 2002 I have developed my private practice, Patricia Corbett Occupational Therapy Services Ltd. In May 2007 I established my practice full time providing rehabilitation reports and rehabilitation in complex medico- legal cases.
Intervention includes equipment provision such as powered wheelchairs and vehicle conversions, home adaptations such as kitchen and bathroom alterations.
Community based therapy is a major part of my work including identifying strategies to promote independence in home activities right through to work placement either voluntary or paid.
Intervention can include strategies to manage cognitive deficits including a structured problem solving process applied to task analysis, and the employment of external strategies such as IT devices, memory systems and electronic organisers.
Since 2004 I have provided services to the Regard Partnership ABI service which works on the model of supported living and community integration. This has involved training in the global effects brain injury and rehabilitation approaches for the support worker team, risk assessment particularly in relation to community access and writing reports to recommend equipment and SMART goal attainment.
Since qualifying in 1987 my work has always been part of a team process working closely with other professionals including case managers and multidisciplinary therapists. I am a member of the College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section Independent Practice, Specialist Interest Group in Neurological Practice and Kent and Surrey Acquired Brain Injury Forums.
In 1996 I completed my Masters degree in neurological rehabilitation at Brunel University. From 1995 -2007 my position as Band 7 Occupational Therapist in a community neurological rehabilitation team in Croydon involved developing goal focused interventions in a variety of community settings, including the clinic, home, work, adult education and leisure venues .This required the ability to be flexible and responsive to the individual’s needs with an in depth knowledge of the presenting condition and selection of appropriate treatment modalities. During this time I was responsible for the supervision of junior staff, support workers and occupational therapy students.
These skills involved the application of the following –
- neurological standardised assessments
- physical retraining including functional mobility and specific sensory and motor upper limb training
- application of cognitive strategies to daily life tasks
- anxiety management techniques
- fatigue management
- risk assessment of travel ability and safe access to the community
- home therapy and work programmes based on task analysis
Working with jobcentreplus and voluntary agencies on identifying vocational placement matched to the individual‘s skill profile. Providing a work skills profile that identifies a person’s strengths and limitations, learning methods, and alternative routes to employment if return to a current occupation was not possible .This includes working with employers, adult education, Learner Support, recommending re training or volunteer placement.
I also provide functional risk assessments for community and home activities. This includes application of standardised assessments such as The Assessment of Motor and Process and the Cognitive Assessment of Minnesota.
Provision of training to support staff on adaptive versus restorative approaches in neurological rehabilitation.
Establishing healthy living skills programme for clients including introducing an adaptive methodology to address cognitive, motivational and physical difficulties.