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In this section you will find out about the Community Occupational Therapy team in Sefton.
We are based across two sites in North and South Sefton. Our team consists of Occupational Therapists, Assistant Practitioners, Assistants and admin staff.
Our office is based at Hoghton Street Clinic in Southport and we run our clinics in Southport Centre for Health and Well-being. We work in North Sefton Community covering Formby to Southport area.
Kathie Iveson – Secretary
I have been working as Secretary in the Children’s Therapy Services Team North Sefton (Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy) since 2003 and have 9 years previous NHS service. My role is to provide a comprehensive administration service to the Team including logging referrals, arranging appointments, distributing clinic letters, and dealing with daily calls from parents and other professionals.
Helen Murphy – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1995, specialising in children’s services in 1996 when I went to live and work in America. I moved over to Southport to join the North Sefton OT Team in 2003. My areas of interest include working with families of children with sensory processing differences as well as running assessment clinics for children with motor coordination difficulties.
Jenny Benge – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I’ve worked as a Children’s Occupational Therapist since 2004. I work part-time, am based in Southport and cover the community of Southport and Formby. My caseload includes children from 0-18 years old with a range of developmental and neurological problems. I hold regular clinics for pre-school children and children attending mainstream school. Working alongside parents, professionals and other therapists promotes continuity and the best possible outcomes for the children. I enjoy the broad nature of my job with the ultimate goal of helping children and young people reach their potential, access the community and get on with life
Tracey Bickley – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I trained in London and qualified in 1988, after initially working in Epsom, I moved to Southport in 1991 where I developed an interest in Paediatrics. My paediatric experience has always been within the community setting and over the years I have gained valuable skills and experience within in mainstream / special school and Early Years. I enjoy being able to support families and children to understand their needs and reach their optimum potentia. lMy special interest is within Early Years predominantly with Neurodisability and I am Bobath trained. My role includes assessing and treating children and providing specialist equipment in the most suitable setting whether that is within the home, school, nursery or clinic.
I am team lead for Orthotics, Equipment and Transition and I also sit on the Sefton Community Stores panel for specialist equipment.
Jenny Banks – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I qualified as an OT from Liverpool University in 1994 and moved to Portsmouth where I worked in various clinical areas. On my return to the North West I joined the Community Paediatric OT team in 2012 and I thoroughly enjoy working with the children and their families. It is definitely the most rewarding job I have had.
Angela Larsen – Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner
I’ve worked in health care since 1999 including working as a maternity assistant on a busy maternity ward at Christiana Hartley’s and at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. I have been in my current role as an assistant practitioner for the children’s therapy team since 2009; completing my foundation degree course at Edge Hill University. Prior to this I worked as a teaching assistant at Merefield School.
I work closely with parents, teachers, SENCO’s and, of course, the children, providing them with the skills and knowledge to enable the children to achieve their goals. Part of my role is to order and set up equipment as requested by the Occupational Therapists working with the children. No two days are the same and I gain great satisfaction knowing that I have played a small part in the development of every individual child.
Our office is based at Sefton Carers Centre in Waterloo, where we also run our clinics from. We work in South Sefton community providing OT from Hightown to Bootle to Lydiate.
Cathy McGrane – Secretary
I have worked for the NHS as a secretary for Children’s Occupational Therapy since 2005. I am the first point of contact for families. I enjoy my job and I enjoy speaking to parents on the phone and meeting them and the children when they come into clinic. We have recently joined the Children’s Physiotherapy team at The Carers Centre and enjoy working with them all.
Clare Mason – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I qualified in 1998 having gone to university as a mature student. I initially worked with adults with neurological conditions, such as strokes, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and Motor Neurones Disease etc. before moving to children’s services and the team in South Sefton in 2005. I currently work with pre-school children and part of my role is to cover the SPOT Clinic, a joint assessment and review clinic working with the Physio and Speech and Language Therapist. I have also worked with school aged children assessing motor, sensory and functional skills. Another part of my role is the assessment and provision of equipment both for home and nursery in order to support children within these settings.
I enjoy being part of a larger team of various different professionals supporting children to reach their potential and support parents to care for their children. Working within this larger team is both rewarding and challenging but without a doubt the best way to support the children in our care.
Frances Jones – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I commenced my Occupational Therapy degree in 2000 to re-enter employment following many happy years bringing up my four children. I completed several rotations as a newly qualified occupational therapist at St Helens and Knowsley Trust. With my final extended rotation there being within the field of Paediatrics where I discovered my vocation.
I then completed 5 years in a senior post within a joint Health and Social care setting based at the Child Development Centre at Clatterbridge Hospital where I worked across mainstream and Special Schools on the Wirral Peninsula.
My current position is Occupational Therapy Co-ordinator for children attending Special Schools in North and South Sefton. I work closely with social care and education colleagues to meet the needs at home and school of this complex client group. I have a particular interest in 24hr postural management and research and assess new and innovative seating or postural equipment to support the child and their family.
Cathy Peers – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I joined the team in 2014 having previously worked as an OT for Social Services and the Wheelchair Service. I have helped to develop our Sensory Processing Advisory Service and have a special interest in supporting children with Learning Disabilities, having personal experience of growing up with a brother with severe learning disabilities.
I work mainly with children attending mainstream schools but also deliver sensory workshops for parents of nursery and school aged children, as well as children with complex needs.
Lindsey Mutch – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
I originally worked as a Therapy Assistant Practitioner with the North Sefton Community Team and during this time I was fortunate enough to be seconded and supported by my colleagues and family to complete my Occupational Therapy degree, as a mature student. When qualified I gained experience in a rotational post in an acute hospital setting. My interest and passion was always to work in Paediatrics and I was delighted in 2014 to join the South Sefton Community Team.
My role involves working with children in mainstream education. This encompasses Motor Skills Assessment Clinics and Sensory Processing Advisory Workshops. I also work with children who have long term neurological conditions; support inclusion within mainstream schools and assess/provide suitable equipment to support individual needs. I enjoy working with families, health professionals, education and social care colleagues to support children in reaching their goals and achieving their full potential.
Andrea Kilroy – Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist
Since qualifying in 2014, I have gained valuable experience in the field of Paediatrics in both Early Intervention and School age services. I have also had the opportunity to work within an acute setting with Older Adults covering Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics and General Medicine.
I finally returned to Paediatrics in May 2018 when I joined the Children's Therapy Team with Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust. Currently my role involves working with school aged children in mainstream provision, who are experiencing difficulties in performing the daily activities that are expected of them. I am responsible for providing assessment, one-to one intervention, parent consultation and school consultation. I thoroughly enjoy my role as an Occupational Therapist, working as part of a collaborative team and supporting the child/young person to achieve what is meaningful to them.
Joanne Barrie – Occupational Therapy Assistant
I joined the Children’s Occupational Therapy Team in November 2013 as an assistant, having previously worked with the School Health team. I predominately work alongside the Senior OT for special schools, Fran Jones. We support children in Rowan Park and Merefield Special Schools.
I am responsible for the ordering of some of the equipment which I will set up in school or in the home and review when necessary. I also order specialist equipment on behalf of Fran and will assist her to set up when needed. I really enjoy my work in school and feel we really make a difference to the children and their families that we support. As part of the OT team I also assist with some of the administrative duties for the team. I support the OTs in delivering Sensory Advisory Workshops and complete all the paper work relating to it
I really enjoy working with the children and the variety that my role offers within the Children’s Occupation therapy team.
Jo Mather – Occupational Therapy Assistant
I have worked as one of the OT Assistants in the South Sefton Community OT team since March 2005. I love the variety of my job and feel privileged to work with children and their families, mainly within a mainstream school setting. Working part time helps with my work life balance, and outside of work I volunteer as a Beaver’s Leader and help out at Cubs, as well as being Mum’s taxi to my own children!
Lizi Hogan – Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner
I am really proud to be an Assistant Practitioner for the Occupational Therapy team, where I have been since 2009. I am lucky to work with a really supportive team who share the same values and goals to help and support the children that we work with to reach their full potential.
I mainly work with pre-school and school aged children, so I am often visiting them in nursery or school and completing blocks of therapy with them, or checking that any equipment they have is okay. I am also responsible for supporting the management of the equipment that is issued to children at home, in nursery and mainstream schools.
Working with children means that no two days are the same, and it certainly keeps me busy thinking of activities that are creative, motivating and rewarding! I am really passionate about helping children, and it gives me great pleasure supporting them to achieve their goals. Alongside my role with the OT team, I am also proud to be a part of the Reward and Recognition group which involves helping to organise events within the Alder Hey community to highlight the incredible work that our staff do every day.
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