Natalie Martin qualified as an Occupational therapist from Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy, Oxford in 1990 and more recently graduating from Loughborough University in 2008 with an MSc in Back Care Management.
She initially worked as a Basic Grade, Senior 11 and Senior 1 Occupational Therapist for a number of health authorities in the West Midlands. During this time she gained experience in neurology, acute medical rehabilitation, spinal injuries, young disabled unit, orthopaedics, rheumatology, mental health and rehabilitation of the elderly. This work was a combination of inpatient and outpatient functional assessments and treatment.
Following a move to Wales, Ms Martin eventually specialised in neurology and became a Head IV Occupational Therapist on a stroke rehabilitation unit for five and a half years. This work encompassed the functional assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients, supervising OT staff, teaching on the diploma stroke module for nurses, environmental assessments for discharge, wheelchair assessments and moving and handling risk assessments and care plans.
Having worked in the health service for several years, Ms Martin moved to social services undertaking assessments for adults and children with physical disability, learning disability and mental health problems. After working in Social services for three years, Ms Martin became the lead Occupational therapist for children with disabilities and continues to work with children and young people. This role includes:
Assessing children with a range of physical, learning and challenging behaviours including brain injury and children diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorder.
Identifying the equipment and adaptations needs of children in their own homes and in respite facilities.
Manual handling risk assessments and care plans for a range of environments including a child’s / young person’s home, respite and leisure facilities.
Design of specialist slings for children with complex needs.
Complex adaptations, including liaison with architects and builders.
Manual handling training of staff including care staff employed privately by the parents/ guardians.
Transportation and vehicle assessments.
Providing guidance with regards to manual handling policy.
Negotiating budget responsibilities with key agencies.
In November 2008 Ms Martin became an associate for Personal Care Consultants based in Chester. Ms Martin is now self employed and continues to carry out work for Personal Care Consultants specilising in the following:
Assessment and reports for use in personal injury, clinical negligence litigation and judicial review.
Case Management of a variety of clients with problems associated with acquired brain injury and personal litigation.
Specialist Manual Handling Risk Assessments for social services, health, private clients and for solicitors with regards to clinical negligence cases both for the defence and the claimant.
Occupational Therapy assessments for people with complex needs and oppositional behaviours including sensory processing difficulties.
Manual Handling training for a number of social services departments and Primary Care Trusts around the North West and North Wales.
Providing Occupational Therapy assessments and therefore assisting in the reduction of the OT waiting lists for social services departments in the North West and North Wales.
Workstation assessments for people with back problems.
Delivering training for the BTEC Advanced Award in Provision of Community Equipment.
Delivering training for the BTEC Advanced Certificate in People Handling Skills.
Modular Reablement courses for a variety of Social Services Departments focussing on the Personalisation Agenda and Outcome Focussed Care.
Ms Martin’s particular area of expertise is within the area of child brain injury and the moving and handling of people. Ms Martin has experience in all areas for which she carries out clinical negligence work.
Ms Martin completed an MSc in Back Care Management with her final thesis focusing on the implementation of the All Wales Local Government Manual Handling and Information Passport Scheme.
Ms Martin continues to be an active member of the North Wales and North West Back exchange group and is also registered member of the National Back Exchange. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Board and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists. Ms Martin is also a member of the NWABI Network Group (North West Acquired Brain Injury) and member of BABICM (British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers).
Ms Martin continues to keep up to date with current practice and regularly attends local Back Exchange meetings, the National Back Exchange Conference, Disabled Living Foundation Moving and Handling Conference (London) and any NWABI network meetings and BABICM meetings.