Joanne has extensive experience working for 20 years as an occupational therapist throughout the public and private sector. Her experience extends throughout the UK across a wide variety of physical and mental health settings. She has enthusiasm, determination and passion in enabling individuals to live freer, independent lives.
Joanne has worked with adults and children with a wide variety of disabilities, including; rheumatoid arthritis; osteoporosis; stroke; fractures; joint replacements; cancer; dementia; anxiety; and many other conditions causing functional and mobility problems.
Joanne has mostly worked in the community helping clients live independently at home through rehabilitation programmes, relaxation management, falls prevention programmes or fitting and practising activities with aids and adaptations.
Voluntary work has also kept Joanne busy as she worked for many years with the Edinburgh Twins Club, supporting families through pregnancy, birth and the early years of childhood. This involved delivering and organising training sessions on parenting and child development and chairing the charity.
Joanne continues to work with the NHS, auditing major trauma and ensuring the standards of patient care following major trauma are maintained to the highest standard. She has a keen interest in pain management and how disaility affects quality of life.
Joanne also has personal and professional experience of disability as throughout her own childhood and as an adult she has combatted rheumatoid arthritis. A patient once identified this as a gift as she has understanding and empathy reaching beyond professional training and experience.
Families and Schools Together accreditation training - 2017
MSc (post reg) Occupational Therapy - 2016
Independent Living Scotland Exhibition - 2016
Developmental co-ordination disorders training - 2015
Incredible Years Parenting Programme - 2014
Level 3 certificate in first line management - 2006
AMPS training - 2003
BSc Occupational Therapy - 1998