Kate Sheehan

Director & Occupational Therapist

Kate qualified from Derby School of occupational therapy in 1987.

Kate is a well-respected Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years of experience. She is the former Chairperson and Treasurer of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists specialist section – Housing (COTSS – H) and represented the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in Europe. Kate chaired the genHOME research project working on the evidence base for housing modifications.

Kate has worked in partnership with Bristol University on the publication of ‘Minor adaptations without delay’, funded by the Housing Corporation and Royal College of Occupational Therapists, co-authored the new 2018 edition of the Wheelchair Housing Design Guide and wrote two chapters of the “Essential Guide for Newly Qualified Occupational Therapists’.

She has presented her work on inclusive design and housing standards at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Sydney, Australia, COTEC in Milan and at the RCOTSS-H conference.  She has also developed and taught on the first accessible housing course in Croatia and Bosnia.

Kate is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and Housing as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.  She maintains a high level of professional development and feels the key to providing her clients with an excellent service is maintaining close networks within the commercial, housing and OT fields.

In her spare time Kate supports the local primary school in maintaining their wild gardens and is a campaigner for excellent education for all.


Adam Ferry

Adam Ferry attended Durham University in 1999 studying Sport Science and Biomechanics. He graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with Occupational Therapy BSc.

After developing his skills on a hospital based rotational post Adam took up a senior role within emergency care. Adam currently manages occupational therapy services into three community rehabilitation units and one acute hospital.

Over recent years Adam has established a national profile within the private sector, organising the CPD programme for The OT Show and working with a number of manufacturers and distributors of healthcare products in a consultancy role.

Adam is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and Older People as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.


Samantha Shann


Samantha qualified in 1992 as an Occupational Therapist and gained her Masters in 2011.  She also holds a post-graduate teaching qualification in Academic Practice. Samantha is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections –Older Persons and Mental Health as well as being registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Samantha’s clinical speciality centres on those with mental health concerns, while her wider role with The OT Service involves supervision and mentoring as well as consultancy to businesses focusing on training and Occupational Therapy expertise.

Samantha has held a number of high-profile positions within the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).  She is the current WFOT Vice President Finance and her past roles have included Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and WFOT Programme Co-ordinator for International Cooperation.  Samantha is committed to the development of Occupational Therapy in countries where the profession does not yet exist or is in its infancy by supporting the development of professional standards and new educational programmes.

Until 2016 Samantha held the position of Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University overseeing aspects of the BSc (Hons) and MSc (pre-registration) Occupational Therapy programmes, with a particular interest in supporting student and educators in practice, facilitating students and graduates in role-emerging areas, and supervising graduate research projects. Samantha is a regular guest lecturer at various national and international universities including Creteil University in Paris, France and external examiner for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana.

Through her work with the WFOT she represents the Occupational Therapy profession at high-level World Health Organisation (WHO) meetings and contributes to specific WHO projects for example the GATE (Global Assistive Technology) initiative, Rehabilitation 2030 and Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). Samantha is also a working group member looking at the integration of wheelchair training in health education programmes for the International Society for Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP).

Samantha has presented at numerous international conferences and most recently was a keynote speaker at the Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group (OTARG) conference sharing her expertise on promoting professional identity and establishing Occupational Therapy services.


Practice Manager

Brian Trotter

Practice Manager

Brian has a wide variety of experiences to draw on in his role as Practice Manager. He graduated in 1997 from The University of Brighton with a Ba (Hons) in Physical and Business Education.  He spent some time in London fitness instructing and sports coaching before re-locating to the North East, setting up his own business with the help of the Prince’s Trust. 

As personal and professional circumstances changed Brian moved into an 11 year healthcare career,  firstly with the ambulance service and latterly in an NHS Acute Occupational Therapy service as a Technical Instructor. He is now our full-time Practice Manager and brings a committed and creative approach to the service we provide.



Jen Gash

I am a highly qualified, experienced occupational therapist and coach, who has worked for over twenty years with individuals and teams. My varied and extensive background leads me to work powerfully with individuals who may have hidden challenges which are impacting on relationships and performance at work, including:

People with hidden problems e.g. neurodiversity, sensory integration issues and mental health challenges. Highly creative people who struggle to harness and integrate their strengths at work. Individuals in crisis who need to make a radical shift.

As a coach, I work with a variety of tools, developmental frameworks and theoretical models. I am a visiting lecturer at Worcester University and regularly teach coaching skills to various groups. I also work with teams and at an organisational level, especially where radical creativity and systemic change is required. I have a special interest in developing new ways of working and the use of social media to promote therapeutic businesses.

Jen Gash is a domestic goddess whose talents are thwarted by a dirty dog and an inability to work the dishwasher. She fancies herself as a comedian but unfortunately finds herself funnier than others seem to. She has skills in flea chasing, killing red mite and treating chickens who are depressed.

Jen is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.


Simon Murnane

Simon graduated from Charles Sturt University in Australia in 2002 and a further qualification on People Handling Train the Trainer June 2011.

Simon is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist since graduating he has gained extensive experience working with clients in a variety of health and social care settings in the UK and Australia. He has worked in private practice, rehabilitation centres, local authority settings, community rehabilitation teams and hospitals. He has experience working with clients in a wide range of clinical fields including spinal cord injury, neurology, acquired brain injury, amputees and orthopaedics.

He has extensive experience in both the private and statutory sectors of providing home assessments and design of major and minor home adaptations. He has worked in specialist housing teams and is experienced in working alongside architects and surveyors. Simon also has expertise in recommending specialist equipment and assistance technology to enable his clients to remain active and independent within their homes and communities.

Simon is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and housing as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.


Lucy Rogers

Lucy graduated in 2001 from Brunel University and in 2009 completed a Postgraduate Diploma at Salford University in Accessibility and Inclusive Design.

Lucy is a highly experienced consultant specialising in inclusive design and housing adaptations.  She works with children and adults, predominantly those with physical disabilities, along with the design of specialist environments for those with cognitive and sensory impairments.  She is adept at working in varied settings including schools, businesses, individual homes and leisure facilities. Lucy is a contributing author on adaptations to the Muscular Dystrophy Adaptations Manual (Second Edition) and the Disabled Living Foundation website. Throughout her many years of practice she has developed an in-depth understanding of the relationship between social care, health and housing and its impact on an inclusive, accessible society.

Lucy is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council. She is also a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections of Independent Practice and Housing.


Marney Walker

Marney graduated from Dorset House, School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford in 1992 and completed a MA Design Research for Disability from the London Metropolitan University.

Marney has a unique combination of training and experience in both Occupational Therapy and design. As an OT, she has over 20 years experience spanning health, social care, housing and design for dementia. Her career choices have been motivated by a commitment to equal opportunities and a passion for good design. A central consideration in her practice is a conviction that the design of the environment can have a positive impact on quality of life and well being. Over the past 12 years she has developed specialist expertise advising on the inclusive design aspects of new build extra care and supported housing for older and disabled people, to maximise access for people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments. She is especially interested in how to design housing that is care ready and adaptable whilst avoiding over specification.

Marney has presented at national conferences on her specialist expertise in new build and design for dementia. In a voluntary capacity she has been an inclusive design advisor for the Civic Trust Awards since 2007.

Marney is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and Housing as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.


Tess Whitehead

Tess qualified from the University of Brighton in 2006.

Tess is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist with 10 years experience specialising in paediatrics, housing and moving and handling. She has worked across both public and private sectors with children and adults with complex health and social care needs, including orthopaedic and neurological conditions, spinal injuries and conditions caused by the brain, physical injury and trauma.

Tess has a wealth of experience carrying out holistic, functional assessments, making recommendations for specialist equipment, postural seating, minor an major adaptations to maximise a persons potential and promote inclusion.

Tess is accomplished in the design planning process and will recommend options that combine functionality, aesthetics and budget. Tess is accustomed to working with architects, surveyors and case managers.

Tess has a particular interest in moving and handling and is an accredited trainer. She undertakes complex risk assessments, devises handling management plans and delivers training. Tess maintains her professional registration through supervision, reflective practice and attendance at training courses and conferences.

Tess is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and Housing as well as being registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.


Lucy Leonard

Qualified to Master’s level, Lucy graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 and worked in acute mental health as well as rehabilitation for people with enduring mental health problems.  She then went on to work in a community setting where she developed extensive skills in equipment and adaptations for adults with complex, long-term and neurological conditions.

In more recent years, Lucy has worked as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist and now has her own business providing specialist vocational and Occupational Therapy assessments, recommending equipment and adaptations on behalf of charities and third sector organisations.

She has worked as a consultant occupational therapist for several UK-based companies to advise on their new products as well as working with the Disabled Living Foundation Charity to develop their website.

Lucy has delivered lectures on integrated working and has spoken to academics at Sheffield Hallam on integration to support their new ‘integrated curriculum’ and was subsequently invited as the Key Note Speaker at the Inter-professional Education Conference.  Lucy has appeared on BBC’s ‘Breakfast’ television to discuss innovative practice and has been interviewed on Radio 4’s ‘World at One’ regarding integrated working.  She is an external examiner and guest lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and Salford Universities and also assesses undergraduate medical students at The University of Liverpool. 


Karen Warren

Karen has 11 years’ Occupational Therapy experience and is well-established specialising in equipment, housing, environmental adaptations, moving and handling, postural management and seating assessment with children and adults. She is a passionate and motivated OT who will complete a holistic assessment and report aiming to facilitate independent living, activity participation maximising clients’ potential.

Karen has worked with Local Authorities, prescribing appropriate equipment, completing risk assessments and advising on minor or major environmental adaptations. She has worked closely with architects to give a functional perspective on new-builds and garden designs.  She has a particular knowledge of telecare and memory equipment allowing clients to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.

Karen has experience working alongside Paediatrics and Adults with significant and complex needs, she has worked in a school environment ensuring children can interact with their environment, often involving the provision of appropriate seating and/or assistive technology.  Karen has also completed mobility assessments for applicants applying for the Blue Badge.

Karen’s work for a Reablement Service involved setting goals with clients to support re-establishing meaningful activity following traumatic events.  Her client-base demanded a multi-disciplinary approach and often cases required best interest decisions.  Karen is confident in her ability to assist making these decisions, employing a positive risk-taking approach enabling clients with fluctuating capacity to return home with a good holistic strategy, including therapy, equipment and packages of care.

Karen’s over-arching philosophy is to empower people with disabilities so they can achieve their full potential and to enable families to care for their loved ones at home in a safe environment.


John Callas

John Qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and has amassed extensive experience as a moving and handling assessor and trainer, fulfilling public sector roles within this speciality in both the Local Authority and NHS sectors. This includes completing and supporting teams and organisations with training needs analysis, bespoke training, complex risk assessments and handling plans as well as managing complex caseloads of his own.

John is also highly experienced in making recommendations for major and minor works of adaptations and moving and handling equipment in client’s own homes. His focus is always on best practice alongside carer support to ensure the client’s environment meets their needs and maximises safety and occupational performance.

John has been an associate with the OT Service since August 2019 and also works in the specialist field of Trauma and Orthopaedics as an Advanced Occupational Therapist in a Major Trauma Rehabilitation Unit. He has experience of working and managing complex caseloads across several healthcare specialties, including stroke, neurology Multiple Sclerosis, persons with lower limb amputations  due to trauma and vascular disease in acute, rehabilitation and community settings.

John is passionate about demystifying the world of moving and handling across all professions, he has presented on the topic for the last two years at the OT Show and speaks every Month at OTAC on the subject.


Sonia Rosenfelder

Sonia studied Occupational Therapy in Germany and qualified in 2002, she is WFOT certified, a BAOT member and registered in the OT Specialist Housing Section.

In her early career Sonia worked as a Locum Occupational Therapist in a number of roles giving her a wide variety of experiences from mental health services to the elderly as well as neurological and  community work.  However we consider her a housing specialist and she is currently employed by a local authority as a Senior Housing Occupational Therapist.  Her core skills lie in assessing clients with physical disabilities in order to make recommendations for major adaptations.

Sonia is a member of a major adaptations panel and a clinical advisory group for an equipment service. She is well equipped to assess adults with physical disabilities in their homes in order to provide specialist equipment, major adaptations and rehousing recommendations.  In addition she is adept at providing manual handling risk assessments, assessment for specialist seating along with reviews and evaluations of completed adaptations.

Her recent Housing CPD includes Housing Standards, Housing for Bariatric Users, Project Management and Designing Accessible Housing.


Stuart Brown

Occupational Therapist

Stuart is one of our Paediatric Specialists. He graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Northumbria University following the completion of his first degree in Sports Studies. His experience is predominantly paediatric and of a neurological nature although he also has 5 years’ experience working in adult acute hospital and community based settings.

In his present role Stuart assesses and manages complex health, social, and educational needs of children and adults with a range of neurological, non-neurological and sensory conditions.

Stuart is an expert in postural management assessment and intervention including specialist seating, bespoke wheelchairs, Dynamic Movement Orthoses, Second Skin, and sleep systems. He enjoys using and developing adaptive switch and eye gaze technologies to support access to activity and enable functional independence. Stuart also has a particular interest in environmental assessments using interventions such as equipment provision and adaptations to meet the complex needs of others.

He is well-versed in assessments such as the Movement ABC, Sensory Profile, DTVP-2 and Beery VMI. These assessments allow him to provide effective interventions when treating clients with fine motor, visuomotor, bilateral coordination, balance, gross motor and sensory processing deficits.

Stuart’s directed therapy sessions focus on assessment of priority areas of need and implementation of treatment plans, enabling independence whilst promoting positive health and well-being outcomes. He can provide EHC/ETCH reports, including setting short, medium, and long term goals to support child development and transition into adulthood.

Stuart is on the funding adjudication board for The Sunshine Fund ran by Newcastle Evening Chronicle, allocating funding for life-changing specialist equipment. He additionally works as a National, European, and International Medical and Sports Classifier of Powerchair Football. This involves assessment of the ability levels of the athletes to enable fair and equitable access to the sport. Stuart is also a member of the Children, Young People and Families Specialist Section (CYPFSS), and the Northern Region Paediatric Interest Group (NRPIG).


Carole Smyth


Carole is an experienced occupational therapist, manager and business owner working in the community social care and housing sector. Her clients mainly have complex needs and a wide range of disability issues. She advises on all aspects of adaptations, mobility and wheelchair use alongside new-build extensions, housing options and she has a great knowledge of equipment including complex seating.

Carole has worked for over thirty-five years as an occupational therapist specialising in the social care and housing sector, and for many of these years as an independent practitioner. Over the last five years she has worked as a community occupational therapist and care manager working with people experiencing complex issues. Carole has also managed housing occupational therapists as part of a home improvement team, working collaboratively with surveyors and technicians.

As an independent practitioner she’s covered a wide range of casework, and as a treating occupational therapist for a case management team she is used to using a solution-focused approach. Carole has designed and arranged installations of kitchens, bathrooms and access for full-time wheelchair users.

Via various other roles Carole has confidence in short, medium and long-term solutions. Whether this be for hospital discharge with provision of equipment and minor adaptations or recommending medium and long-term solutions to enable someone with a progressive disability to consider what type of full modifications would be suitable for their future. Carole is just as able to provide one-off assessments to provide recommendations regarding specific activities.


Meera Vitarana


Meera qualified as an Occupational Therapist having studied at London South Bank University within Allied Health Sciences. She has 9 years relevant clinical experience both in health and social care services working in rehabilitation, providing bespoke tailor-made treatments to those who have been affected by an acute disability. We consider Meera as one of our housing specialists although she is great all-rounder and very popular associate.

Her particular areas of expertise include major adaptations and design, new-build housing and specialist equipment within an adapted property. Meera’s experiences enable her to comprehensively identify areas of functional difficulty within the home environment and she is committed to maintaining a person’s independence at home. Her experience with equipment and adaptations allow her to work very well with housing professionals, especially for those concerned with the adult and elderly groups.

Other areas of interest for Meera are palliative and end of life clients who require immediate and prioritised assistance to ensure their safety and comfort for their last days at home. She also has a keen interest in seating & posture, manual handling and bariatric care.

Meera also has experience with a broad range of specialist equipment providing the most suitable item to the need of the individual and ensuring the environment meets the need of the client and their families.


Michele Finney


Michele graduated in 1984 in Occupational Therapy, subsequently gaining qualifications in business management and Health Studies, the latter at MSc level. Her specialities include accessible housing and rehabilitation and has worked as a Senior and Head OT in a variety of organisations as well as in a self-employed capacity.

Between 2007 – 2009 Michele held the position of Vice Chair to the COTSS (Housing) and for many years she has been heavily involved in helping organise their conferences along with presenting and holding workshops on a variety of housing based topics all over the UK.

Michele has also attended the House of Lords to participate in DFG Adaptations Think tank and is an ongoing member of the Age Friendly Manchester Design Team.


Clare Schwalbe


Clare has 15 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and specialises in assessment and rehabilitation of physical and neurological conditions. She has additional post-registration training and experience in a range of assessment and treatment approaches for complex physical needs, along with cognitive perceptual impairment.

Her particular fields of interest are sudden onset neurological conditions, cognitive and perceptual dysfunction, posture management and manual handling. She is also well trained in the management of upper limb function.

Clare can assess for, and give recommendations relating to postural management providing comprehensive assessments of manual handling needs. This can include specialist seating advice and rehabilitation programs to maximise function and quality of life.

Clare is a skilled communicator with clients who are experiencing both physical and cognitive difficulties. Her understanding of complex impairment and participation restriction is invaluable to clients in order to enhance their functional potential and facilitate long-term condition management.

She is also a keen trainer and mentor who is willing to provide this service to others through the OT Service.


Emma Taylor


Emma qualified in 1994 with a BSc. (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. She has also completed an MSc. in Health Ergonomics, alongside post graduate qualifications in both teaching and management.

Her first 10 years were working in housing and adaptations, eventually progressing to managing an older persons’ service. She then moved into higher education as a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, teaching on the BSc and MSc pre- registration Occupational Therapy courses. Emma was also the programme lead for the MSc Vocational Rehabilitation course for approximately 10 years. During her time at Sheffield Hallam University she was awarded an Inspirational Teaching Award and an Outstanding Student Support Award, both nominated by her students. As well as teaching students, she contributed to a significant amount of external training with outside partners, including the DWP.

Having moved to part time working following the birth of her two children, Emma dipped her toe into the world of private occupational therapy and found that the two roles of theory and practice complemented each other well. She has developed a speciality in housing/adaptations and vocational rehabilitation/occupational health to a point where, in 2018 she left Sheffield Hallam University after 13 years and now works full time as an independent occupational therapist.

She is passionate about good ergonomic design to maximise usability and engagement. Her masters research looked at what users think of the appearance of assistive technology (and concluded that people want it to look less “disabled”) thus she continues to strive for inclusive and beautiful designs when working with clients who require adaptations and equipment.

Emma continues to teach on the vocational rehabilitation course at Sheffield Hallam University and provides external training courses on workplace wellbeing. She also supervises a number of occupational therapists in the private sector.


Albana Koku


Albana qualified in 2014 and has since has worked in social care settings, predominantly with children and young people aged 0-25 years. She has also experience working with adults over 18 years in a fast response team, assessing adults in their home environment to assess functional abilities.

Albana is a Senior Occupational Therapist working in the community with paediatrics and young adults diagnosed with complex health needs, profound and substantial disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Microcephaly, Gastrostomy, Scoliosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Global Developmental Delay and more. Her areas of expertise include specialist equipment for bathing, toileting, bedroom, stairs, specialist seating and optimising a safe home environment. She specialises in minor and major adaptations, new builds, working with local authorities and housing associations. Albana has extensive experience alongside social workers, education and healthcare professionals.

Albana is well versed in equipment provision and MDT working to provide packages of care, adaptations and rehousing needs. She is a highly passionate and enthusiastic OT who seeks to develop a therapeutic and person-centred rapport with her clients.


Caroline Clay


Caroline qualified in 1985 and has worked extensively in social care and housing adaptations in a variety of settings. She is an experienced leader and manager who is able to work with complex cases with professionalism and autonomy. Over the last 8 years she has worked in independent practice, specialising in working with children and families. This has led to a variety roles both in the private voluntary and statutory services sectors.

Caroline runs a charity that supports children with special needs in India, and trains internationally in developing play skills.

In 2019 she became a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner with Ulster University and uses these skills to work with children and families both at home, school and in an SI Clinic.

Caroline has a passion for working with children who have experienced early years trauma and supports parents and carers with sensory based adaptations and strategies that lead to achievable “fun” and “functional” goals.

Caroline is registered with the Health Care Professional Council.


Lynette Parkes


Lynette qualified as an occupational therapist from Coventry university in 2009 and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, registered with the Health Care Professionals Council and a member of RCOT specialist section independent practice.  Her areas of expertise include housing & adaptations, paediatrics, and has significant experience with adults who have MND.

Since qualifying, Lynette has worked completing comprehensive high quality assessments in the home environment. Working with adults, children and their support systems she is able discuss an individual’s wants, needs and desires to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.  She is skilled in providing a range of interventions including: equipment, assistive technology, care package reviews, advice and home adaptations.

Alongside equipment and adaptations Lynette is also proficient in assessing the need for paediatric functional seating as well as complex paediatric, bariatric and single handed care manual handling assessments.

In her spare time Lynette is a volunteer gymnastics coach.  She also provides training for Midwives, GP’s and the Police Force around baby loss and bereavement care as well as fundraising for Birmingham Women’s Hospital.



Sue Young

Occupational Therapist

Sue has 23 years’ experience as an OT in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation wards, social services, community rehabilitation and private practice. Her experience has provided a very broad range of assessment and treatment skills across many specialities including neurology, orthopaedics, lower limb amputation, dementia and mental health.

Sue is familiar with managing complex multi-faceted situations relating to manual handling, equipment provision, major adaptations, specialist equipment and housing. She regularly takes on a co-ordinator role between multidisciplinary and multi-agency colleagues.  Sue takes pride in providing a comprehensive client-centred approach to ensure that the needs and goals of the client and their family or carers are addressed.  She also has experience in situations involving mental capacity and supporting best interests.

Sue has carried out immediate need assessments following work-place and road traffic accidents, and worked with case managers to provide manual handling training and advice to support personal assistants. She enjoys long-term work with case managers to support clients to achieve their optimum level of independence within the most appropriate environment.

Sue has contributed to single carer projects, All Wales Review of Blue Badge Assessments and The Compliance with the Local Authority Verification Toolkit, she has also carried out regular face-to-face blue badge assessments.  She regularly undertakes equipment reviews and enjoys researching new products, in order to challenge standard provision guidelines to find the right equipment to fit the client by providing evidence-based clinical reasoning.


Linda Parry

Occupational Therapist

Linda has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and during this time amassed a great deal of practical experience in a variety of settings including housing, moving and handling, and elderly mental health.  

Linda has championed Occupational Therapy practice at a regional and national level;  led, managed and developed teams and has strong mentoring and coaching skills.

She has held roles as a Clinical Advisor and Lead, developing and implementing processes and procedures to deliver service improvements.  She is an excellent communicator and delivers therapy and training with clarity and conviction.

More recently Linda has been responsible for product innovation and development with equipment manufacturers.  She is a creative problem solver and loves to innovate.


Karen Ivey

Occupational Therapist

Karen graduated from Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in 1981. She has more than 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist in Social Services.

Karen’s main interest is in accessible housing and adapting property to enable people and their carers to live at home independently doing what matters to them.  She is familiar with a wide range of equipment, minor and major adaptations and making recommendations for Disabled Facilities Grants.

Karen’s experience covers both rural and urban environments. She has worked where there are planning restrictions, space issues, multiple occupancy or design and aesthetic challenges. She has also worked with a number of Charities, Home Improvement Agencies, Local Authorities and Health Organisations in both the South West and South East of England.

Karen is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections – Independent Practice and Housing as well as being registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.



Amy Gibbs

Occupational Therapist

Amy qualified in 2004 from Coventry University. She has 14 years clinical experience working within both Health and Social Care statutory services and has worked within the private sector since. She also has experience working in the field of Personal Independence Payment, Local Authority parking and concessionary travel for both physical and hidden disabilities.

Amy works with clients of all ages and varying health needs, predominantly those with physical health conditions but often additional needs such as sensory, mental health or cognitive impairment. She has specialist skills and knowledge relating to equipment needs, tele-care, minor and major adaptation, specialist equipment, complex manual handling, rehousing needs, and new-build housing

As with all our therapists, Amy is registered with the Health Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists. She is also a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist sections – Independent Practice and Housing.


Heather Long

Occupational Therapist

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 from York St John’s University, Heather has worked in Adult Social Care for five years, followed by six years working for the NHS providing re-ablement to patients in intermediate care settings who required treatment after trauma, surgery or illness. 

Since 2009, She has worked within an NHS Community Health Trust, as a Senior Occupational Therapist in a multi-disciplinary falls prevention service, building extensive knowledge. She is able to complete detailed assessments and recommendations on practical strategies to reduce risk of falls, maintain bone health, maximise independence in daily activities, reduce carer needs and increase confidence with mobility both indoors and outdoors to enable individuals to access the wider community.

Heather has worked with people who have a wide range of health conditions, advising on equipment and adaptations to the home environment; addressing fatigue management and energy conservation and also using health coaching techniques to enable self-management of conditions.


Christina Kofi-Sikah

Occupational Therapist

Christina has been an Occupational Therapist since 2007.  With a pre-qualifying background in Mental Health Practice she moved to working in acute physical care for the NHS.  After completing numerous rotations in different clinical areas; Elderly care, Neurology and Stroke Rehabilitation, A & E, Intermediate Care and Social Services; she decided to further her work experience in Statutory Services with the focus on major adaptation, housing, minor adaptations and moving and handling.

Working in this service for over 7 years, Christina has a wealth of experience working alongside various Local Authorities as well as building her experience of private practice. During this time she has developed specialisms of moving and handling, housing, including minor and major adaptations.  As a private OT Practitioner she has sub-contracted to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, and worked with a variety of private clients.  Christina has also been responsible for working on an extensive screening project for elderly care services.

Along with being an OT Service associate, Christina currently works as a Clinical Lead in a Community Equipment Service. Her role involves working on writing specifications for equipment, sourcing new products, equipment reviews, ensuring quality management across the service and working with various multi-disciplinary team in Local Authorities, the NHS and with equipment supply companies.


Amy Williams

Occupational Therapist

Amy is a dedicated and highly skilled Occupational Therapist who has acquired 17 years of practice within the NHS. She has experience of working with adults who have a wide range of complex physical and cognitive disabilities and much of her knowledge and skills have been honed within an acute neurological and stroke rehabilitation service. During a community work role Amy gained specific expertise in the management of long-term complex degenerative conditions. She is skilled in completing holistic functional and environmental assessments and develops rehabilitation programmes focussing on promoting independent living and maximising quality of life. Amy’s extensive experience in an Acute Hospital system allows her to assess, identify and recommend a broad range of adaptive equipment to help promote this independence.

Amy has a particular interest in moving and handling and has a key trainer qualification. She is skilled in completing complex risk assessments, writing personalised handling management plans and delivering theoretical and practical training to teams of support staff.

Amy understands the value of professional development also having an interest in seating and postural management – she is presently developing further skills in this area.


Sacha Khakoo

Occupational Therapist

Sacha has over 25 years’ experience working as an Occupational Therapist in Health, Neurorehabilitation, Adult Social Care and for the past 10 years in Housing.

Sacha’s areas of expertise include major adaptation work for adults and children with physical disabilities, assessment and recommendation for housing needs including housing needs reports, equipment provision, experience in new build design for wheelchair housing and refurbishments.

Sacha is extremely competent in assessing functional difficulties within the domestic environment and has a good knowledge of equipment for adults, along with minor and major adaptations for adults and children to maximise independence within the home.

Sacha also has experience with providing clinical supervision to Occupational Therapy staff, appraisals and the management of a team of therapists.

She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Housing and a member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Independent Practice.

Sacha maintains her professional development and supervision regularly, attending CPD sessions, training courses and conferences to enhance her practice.


Linda Gill

Occupational Therapist

Linda is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist who qualified from Christ Church College, Canterbury in 1991. She has worked in a variety of health and social care settings including in-patient rehabilitation, specialist palliative care, adult social care, intermediate care and falls prevention. She also works in the charitable sector as an Occupational Therapist for Canine Partners who provide assistance dogs to help transform the lives of people with physical disabilities.

Linda has substantial experience working in the community with people with physical disabilities including functional assessment, provision of advice and information, equipment and adaptations to enhance well-being and independence. She is passionate about enabling individuals to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential.

She has worked as a specialist Housing Occupational Therapist and is experienced in assessing and advising on re-housing needs, identifying suitable properties and developing major adaptations schemes in conjunction with surveyors, including specifications for works.

Linda is committed to life-long learning and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy specialist section for Housing and regularly attends study days, webinars, networking events and conferences to enhance her continuing professional development.



Hear what our customers have to say about our team.

A highly valued ‘extra member of our team’. When it comes to identifying customer needs and wants and helping us to develop new product designs, Kate’s advice is always concise, clear and very illuminating.

Repose Furniture has been working with Kate since March 2015 and we are extremely pleased with the results. Kate immersed herself in our business from day one and has proved to be an extremely influential ambassador for Repose.

Kate’s wealth of experience allows her to bring considerable value to projects she is involved in and her passion for the work she does is contagious. Receiving an endorsement from the College of Occupational Therapy for our CPD modules was the icing on the cake.

The OT Service has been instrumental in the continued success of the Occupational Therapy Show, they are responsible for the development of the show’s CPD conference programme, which delivers seminars to over 4,500 delegates. Their service is always outstanding.