Ella Tyson BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
From June 2013 to the present day I have worked as a Specialist Private Spinal Cord Injury Occupational Therapist providing tailor made assessments and treatment plans for people with spinal cord injuries, working with both people with paraplegia and tetraplegia.
Work has included making bathrooms and kitchens more accessible, working with approved specialist local contractors to problem solve access solutions, developing upper limb functioning and assessing for specialist equipment, as well as enabling people to return to much loved hobbies.
I have worked alongside Case Managers, Physiotherapists, NHS and Social Services Professionals such as Doctors and District Nurses, local authorities, contractors and builders.
I have had experience working as a Case Manager both within sole and joint instruction spinal cord injury cases.
I work closely with people who require case management and their families to ensure that every aspect of rehabilitation, housing, transport and functioning is met, through detailed and specialist intervention.
From April 2008 to June 2014 I worked as a Spinal Cord Injury and Catastrophic Personal Injury Case Manager, for this reason I not only understand the complexities of the client’s needs but also the importance of working alongside the Case Manager and keeping them updated at all times.
Work has involved carrying out detailed Immediate Needs Assessments, formulating and implementing very complex and thorough rehabilitation plans to look holistically at an individuals functioning and assist them wherever possible in returning to pre injury activities.
From 2004 to 2008, I worked as a Specialist Occupational Therapist within a specialist spinal cord injury centre, carrying out the following:
- Detailed hand and upper limb assessments, followed by hand and upper limb therapy, and working with an individual to maximise neurological recovery.
- Splinting the tetraplegic hand.
- Home, work and college assessments for equipment and adaptive work.
- Liaison with community teams including Occupational Therapists to facilitate often extensive adaptations and assess feasibility of allocated housing for adapted living.
- Detailed personal and domestic activities of daily (ADL) living assessments, and implementation of long term therapy programs to develop independence in ADLs.
- Prescription of specialist equipment.
- Teaching in the area of specialist equipment to patients, family, carers and medical professionals.
- Teaching patients functional transfers such as bed to wheelchair and shower chair.
- Training carers in passive movements, splint fitting, aiding safe transfer techniques and manual handling.
- Encouraging and enabling individuals to become involved with wheelchair sports as part of physical and community rehabilitation.
- Enabling individuals to access community resources.
- Assessment and advice for transportation needs.
- Providing support through emotionally difficult time and adjustment to sudden and severe disability.