Lucy has 25 year’s post graduate experience in occupational therapy, including over 20 years in statutory services working as a clinical specialist and leading multidisciplinary teams, consequently, she has a broad and thorough understanding of health and social care systems across the UK. Lucy has worked for 10 years in the private sector carrying an eclectic caseload of people with a range of neurological, orthopaedic and polytrauma diagnoses, finding creative ways of meeting an individual’s goals and providing occupation-focused rehabilitation. Lucy is an accomplished public speaker, delivering webinars, keynote speeches and has appeared on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4.  With a passion for the profession and an MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy, Lucy became clinical director of The OT Service in 2022.  She now uses her experience to support our UK-wide network of associate occupational therapists, providing clinical guidance to the clinical co-ordination team and leading on our relationships with case managers. In addition, Lucy oversees several occupational therapy projects, including the interim management of statutory occupational therapy services, working in partnership with local authorities around proportionate care, waiting list reduction and optimising pathways and processes.

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 Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and a member of RCOT’s 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 is the president of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).  She is committed to promoting and advocating for the profession 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 students and graduates in developing new services. Samantha remains a regular guest lecturer at various national and international universities.

Through her work with the WFOT Samantha 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 founding board member for the International Society for Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP).

Samantha is a sought after speaker at national and international conferences sharing her expertise on promoting professional identity and establishing occupational therapy services.

Kate Sheehan is a well-respected Occupational Therapist with 36 years of clinical experience, having graduated from the Derby School of Occupational Therapy in 1987. Her specialist area of practice is accessible housing design, championing the need to understand the meaning of home to an individual and how poorly designed modifications can have a significant impact on the well-being of clients.

Kate has been an active member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) and the RCOTSS-Housing group since its formation, having held posts on the NEC including Chair and has used this platform to develop close links within government to advocate on the benefits of occupational therapy in housing and the wider built environment. To this day she continues to work with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on the development of an accessible built environment.

In 2018 she co-authored the Wheelchair Housing Design Guide for the Centre for Accessible Environments, publication in March 2018, supported by the then Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, having previously authored Minor Adaptations without Delay and written chapters for The Essential Guide for occupational therapist.

Kate continues to have a small clinical caseload to keep her up to date with the needs of her clients, she provides clinical mentoring for a number of local authorities and works closely with our consultancy companies, forging better design for all.

Kate is internationally known and has presented her work in Australia, Italy, the USA along with the first accessible housing courses in Bosnia and Croatia.

Kate was awarded a Fellowship from the RCOT in 2022 for her outstanding work in the field of occupational therapy and in 2023 was bestowed a fellowship from the University of Worcester.

Graduating in 2007 with an Occupational Therapy BSc, Adam worked in the NHS until he left in 2018 to work full-time in the private sector as a director of The OT Service, although there was a two – year period when these roles overlapped.

Whist in the NHS Adam worked in a range of clinical areas but predominantly emergency care, then neurological rehabilitation as a senior therapist.  In the final 3 years of NHS employment Adam managed acute and rehabilitation services across four sites.

Over recent years Adam has continued to develop a clinical reputation within neurological rehabilitation and falls, holding a complex caseload supporting case managers and their clients.  However, it is within commercial consultancy that Adam has developed his national and international profile, being responsible for development of The OT Show CPD programme as well as expert consultancy for high profile companies such as AKW, Closomat, Invacare, Mangar International and Abacus Healthcare.

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 (OT52788)