Highly specialist occupational therapist with experience in complex neurological and development disorders. Sinead’s warm and personable manner coupled with client-centered approach leads to development of close therapeutic relationships with clients and their families to enable them to reach their goals and aspirations.
BSc Hons Occupational Therapy 2004
Sensory Integration Level I and II
Train the Trainer Level 4
Level 2 YMCA Fitness Instructor
Sinead is a highly specialist Occupational Therapist with more than ten years’ experience of working with both adults and children in the field of posture management, complex neurological disorders and developmental disabilities. Sinead has worked in a wide range of settings including NHS, Social Services,
Community and Residential settings, Specialist Schools and Child Development Centres.
Sinead qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008 and began her occupational therapy career within a large NHS foundation trust in Birmingham, where her clinical experience included neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedic trauma, community rehabilitation and general medicine and surgery. During this post her caseload consisted of patients following a wide range of injuries including fractured neck of femur, spinal injuries, peripheral fractures and poly trauma. She was responsible for managing a varied and complex clinical caseload, undertaking functional assessments and interventions to facilitate safe and effective discharge planning. Due to the fast-paced environment, she developed sound prioritization, time management and organisational skills in this role. Along with developing expertise in her clinical skill-set, she also developed her supervisory and leadership skills. She worked closely with senior therapy colleagues to ensure the efficient running of the team and department. This included coordination of the workloads within the team and supporting other members of the multidisciplinary team. She was committed to adopting a holistic approach of care and advocated a client centred view across the multi disciplinary team. She used her communication skills to ensure the team worked together to enable the clients to achieve meaningful goals and enhance their independence and quality of life.
In 2010, Sinead then moved to Ireland where she worked for three years within the Health Service. Sinead practiced as an Occupational Therapist in a Primary Care setting and worked with a varied caseload, which included adults with varying diagnosis including multiple sclerosis, brain injury, cerebral vascular accident, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis. In this role, Sinead provided occupational therapy assessment, treatment and advice to patients in their home environment, community hospital or outpatient setting in order to promote and facilitate patient independence and well-being.
She monitored, evaluated and modified treatment in order to monitor progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention. Sinead developed her skills in working collaboratively with the client and their families in order to gather information, assess, provide interventions and to ensure all goals were client centred, measured and evaluated in a timely manner. Sinead was responsible for identifying and providing services, aids and adaptations to ensure client’s risks were managed and to enhance their quality of life and independence. In this role, she worked collaboratively with service users, their families and surveyors to draw up plans and schedules for adaptations required. Using highly developed assessment skills, she became adept at managing complex care of clients, involving families and relevant services as an essential part of the team.
In 2012, Sinead then moved across teams from adults to Paediatrics and worked within the Primary Care team where her caseload consisted of children aged 0 to 19 years with a range of physical and developmental conditions, including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, developmental co-ordination disorder, sensory processing disorders and autistic spectrum disorder. Her duties included planning, modifying and conducting assessments and intervention/treatments in the clinic or other community settings. Sinead also worked towards clearly defined clinical outcomes by agreeing goals and priorities for intervention and the methods to be adopted based on results of assessment, best practice and in partnership with the child, significant others and the multidisciplinary team. In this position, Sinead advocated strongly for the best interest of the clients and their families ensuring they were in the centre of the decision-making process.
In 2013, Sinead then moved to Dubai, where she, along with another therapist, set up an occupational therapy service for children and young people in one of the developing clinics. She liaised closely with Senco’s and principals and was successful in securing secured contracts with neighbouring school and nurseries to implement occupational therapy in their educational setting. In this role, Sinead worked with a variety of conditions and complex needs, including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, spina bifida, developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia) and autism.
Her other responsibilities included developing nursery policies in relation to appropriate therapy provision, producing termly IEPs and measuring therapy progress through the Goal Attainment Scale.
Sinead also worked closely with class teachers on occupational therapy provision and supervising any input which was not conducted personally.
In 2015, Sinead then returned to the UK and worked within a Paediatric Outpatient Clinic in London. Her responsibilities included supervising, training and developing the Occupational Therapy Team as well as contributing to departmental and Trust improvements. Sinead developed the Occupational Therapy Service within The Children’s Centre to a position of strength. In an effort to reduce the growing waiting list, Sinead was part of the team who set up paediatric community-based fine and gross motor skills group named ‘Happy Hands’ which played a huge part in reducing the expanding waiting list. In this role, Sinead used a client-centred and collaborative approach, bringing together those involved, to provide the child with the highest quality of support.
In 2017, Sinead moved to work in a specialised school for children aged 3 to 19. Sinead’s caseload consisted of children with a wide range of needs ranging from medical and sensory impairment to communication, ASD, or physical needs. She worked as a supportive member of the multi-disciplinary team by analysing the pupil’s progress academically, behaviourally and therapeutically. She developed interventions strategies for children presenting with difficulties in some or all of the areas of self-help skills and motor coordination which affecting their participation, wellness and occupational performance in school-based setting. She demonstrated to staff members the correct manual handing techniques and skills needed to transfer the relevant children in a safe and secure manner. In this role, Sinead utilised her interpersonal and communication skills within her work to enable her to develop excellent working relationships with the students, their families and the school team.