I have worked with or on the behalf of children, young people and families, in a range of policy, community, therapeutic, educational and multidisciplinary settings for over 30 years and each one of those years has been an opportunity to learn and experience new things! Before qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, I studied sociology and social policy at Durham University and then worked in a number of schools across the north east of England including a pupil referral unit and coordinating multidisciplinary transition work between primary and secondary education. In this role, I managed a diverse caseload of children who needed additional support to successfully transition from primary to secondary.
Whilst I was studying for my MSc in Occupational Therapy (pre-reg) in Northumberland University I worked in a number of care settings including those for children and young people with complex disabilities. I was incredibly lucky to be invited to complete my elective placement with the tier 4 CAMHS unit that also hosted a specialist assessment unit for preschool children with developmental delay. After qualifying as an occupational therapist I worked for over 5 years supporting refugee and migrant children, young people and families. Although at times this work could be hugely challenging and the traumas many had gone through almost unimaginable, what it taught me more than anything was that, whoever we are, we all respond and can connect to kindness and compassion. I was delighted to join the Skybound Therapies team in March 2021 where we all strive to help people live happier more meaningful and independent lives.