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Stuart Bertram

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Stuart Bertram
Case Manager
Central London & South East
 
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Stuart graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from London South Bank University in 2011 and later obtained a Masters degree in advancing healthcare practice with the Open University.

Stuart’s career started in health and social care in 2004 as a community support worker. He worked under the supervision of social workers and occupational therapists, enabling people to maximise their independence and to live well despite illness, injury or disability.  This was achieved by focussing on what was important to that person, the strengths they had and the skills and resources available in their community. Working in the community setting Stuart learnt about working with people living with a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory impairments.

Stuart worked with people with increasingly challenging support needs.  This included people with complex multiple long term conditions, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries and progressive neurological conditions.  Stuart has also worked with people living with mental health problems, addiction, hematological conditions, orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including amputation. A large part of Stuart’s role was to undertake detailed assessments to understand how the physical and social environment might be limiting a person’s ability to live the life they want.

In 2012 Stuart worked as the lead therapist across two inpatient wards for people living with dementia. This included young adults in their 30’s to those reaching 100 years old. Stuart would work very closely with each individual to understand how to enable and empower them to engage in important and meaningful activities at a level appropriate to their strengths and abilities. Stuart used a wide range of rehabilitative tools and techniques to support their discharge home. This included cognitive stimulation therapy, reminiscence therapy, and assessments looking at an individual’s ability to use public transport, community orientation and everyday activities like shopping, cooking and personal care.  Stuart used evidence based outcome measures and functional assessments which included assessing a client’s working memory, visual perceptual skills, functional mobility, upper limb and hand function, functional posture and any psychosocial difficulties. In doing so Stuart gained invaluable knowledge of the impact brain injury, illness and disability and was able to adapt and tailor treatment plans accordingly.

Stuart then took a post as a senior therapist in an NHS rapid response team.  This was a fast paced, multi-specialist team bringing critical care expertise to people to avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital and expedite discharge. This role necessitated a high degree of quick thinking, sound clinical reasoning and speedy negotiation with multiple community agencies to implement necessary support to get people home and keep them well.

In 2013 Stuart moved to a local authority and worked in an extended involvement case management team.  This team existed to provide long-term support for people with complex and multiple long-term conditions. This often included people with living with Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Ehlers danlos syndrome, brain injury and spinal cord injury. The majority of cases Stuart worked on involved people experiencing personality change, emotional problems, and difficulty making decisions or solving problems independently.

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PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy (2011)

MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice (2016)

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)

College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Independent Practice (COTSS-IP)