Biography

Helen has 28 years experience within occupational therapy, and specialises within neurology and specifically motor neurone disease. Helen worked at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust from 1990 where she developed the occupational therapy neurological provision, and was Occupational Therapy Service Manager and rotated within the Therapy Director rotation.

Helen was seconded to Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2004 to initiate and develop the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme. Helen accepted a permanent position in 2006 and is now Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy. Helen has responsibility for the occupational therapy provision, the postgraduate therapy provision, bespoke training for local occupational therapists and her team leads the North Wales Hub for the Council of Allied Health Professions in Research. 

Helen maintains a clinical role with Reach Personal Injury Services, which provides rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. Helen also works closely with the Clwyd Branch of Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Helen was successful in 2017 in gaining a PhD titled “The Impact of “Doing” for People with Motor Neurone Disease”. This received fellowship funding of 55k through RCBC Wales.

She is a keen runner primarily of half marathon distance.

Qualifications

PhD University of Wales December 2017 – formally receive award at graduation ceremony November 2018.

Msc Advanced Occupational Therapy

Cert Management

Dip COT

Research

Motor Neurone Disease and how its symptomology is affected by purposeful occupation.

Impact of increasing level of “doing” within motor neurone disease.

Devised “Model of Doing”.

Courses