Occupational therapy team
Occupational Therapist at Hesley Village
I started working for the Hesley Group in 2007 as a Support Worker at Hesley Village, having not worked in Health and Social Care before I very quickly realised that this is what I wanted to do in life. In 2011 I decided I wanted to go to university to gain a degree in a health and social care so began to research related careers. I came across Occupational Therapy and felt it was the career for me, offering varied opportunities within the role. I applied and was accepted into York St. John’s university in 2012. During this time, I was also employed as an occupational therapy assistant and continued this role through university, supporting Hesley’s Occupational Therapist to set up the Occupational Therapy department. In 2015 I graduated university with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating I have completed further training in manual handling and sensory integration. Specific interests within my job role are running groups, assessing and adapting the environment to meet people needs and sensory integration.
Outside of work I live at home with a Pug called Frank who despite the number of toys I buy him, insists on playing with detergent caps. I love horse riding and prior to Hesley began training as a horse riding instructor. I also regularly travel to America to visit my family and enjoy painting at home focusing mainly on abstract art, mixed media and neo expressionism.
My future aspirations are to further my training in sensory integration, and to complete a Master’s degree in advanced occupational therapy to broaden my knowledge of the occupational therapy profession.
Meet another member of the Occupational Therapy Team...
Rachel O'Sullivan - Head of Therapies and Occupational Therapist covering all sites within Hesley Group
Anna Duncan - Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist covering all sites within Hesley Group
Anna Atkinson - Occupational Therapist at Fullerton House School
Liz Whiteside - Occupational Therapist at Community Solutions and the Specialist Colleges
Katie Wade - Occupational Therapist at Hesley Village
Rebecca Hillier - Occupational Therapist at Low Laithes and Fullerton House School
Victoria Blunt - Occupational Therapist at Wilsic Hall School
Natalie Foster - Therapy Assistant at Low Laithes
Lauren Waddington - Therapy Assistant at Fullerton House School