Ann Barthorpe qualified as an occupational therapist in 1999 and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She specialises in the field of neurological rehabilitation and has extensive experience in the treatment of adults with complex disabilities.
Ann began her career at the West Middlesex Hospital working with older people in physical rehabilitation, dementia care and adult mental health services. In 2001 she left London and worked in trauma and orthopaedics at hospitals in Rotherham and Scunthorpe, focusing on timely discharge from hospital and ensuring the correct care and rehabilitation packages were in place for patients with often complex conditions, including multiple orthopaedic injuries.
In 2002 Ann began work with the East Hull Community Learning Disability team. She developed independent living programmes and underwent training on postural management for adults with profound physical and learning disabilities. She used this knowledge to identify specialist seating needs and sleep systems for her clients.
In 2003 she moved to Chesterfield, working with various adult conditions at Chesterfield Royal Hospital including outpatient neurology services, general medicine surgery and orthopaedics. She gained experience working with terminally ill patients and amputees, further enhancing her understanding of medical and surgical conditions.
Ann specialised in the field of adult neurology in 2008. She helped manage the integration of acute and rehabilitation stroke services in North Derbyshire. In 2010 she completed an MSc module in cognitive processing at Sheffield Hallam University and developed a tool to aid the assessment of insight following an acquired brain injury. Her caseload comprised of individuals with enteral feeding needs, limited communication and altered cognitive abilities, as well as complex movement disorders. She became skilled in the assessment of mental capacity and regularly chaired best interest meetings, contributing her opinion regarding a person’s needs and the best options for onward care and rehabilitation.
In 2011 Ann became the Lead Occupational Therapist for the neurology team at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. She was responsible for the management of a large team of staff, delivering a service to the stroke unit and to patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including traumatic brain injury with orthopaedic injuries. Ann managed recruitment, the performance of staff and successfully implemented a seven day occupational therapy service. She achieved A grade for her service in the Stroke Sentinel National Audit Programme.
In 2013 Ann developed a multidisciplinary outreach team to support people at home for six weeks following discharge. Through rigorous evaluation she managed to secure recurrent funding for the service from Commissioners. Her clinical work extended to working with carers in the home, teaching them how to provide rehabilitation during care tasks to ensure the best outcomes for recovery. Ann reviewed care packages with Social Services, and led on an initiative to introduce single handed care techniques to carers, through the use of innovative methods and equipment.
Ann keeps up to date with continuing professional development through attendance at conferences and courses. She has been active in her work with higher education institutes assisting in the co- ordination of student placements. Ann works as a medico-legal expert and case manager for Harrison Associates, and is familiar with the Civil Procedure Rules. She is a member of British Association of Occupational Therapists, and the Case Manager Society UK.