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Polly Smith - Occupational Therapist

I have always been interested in helping people, and believe in ensuring that people of all ages, ethnicities, physical and/or mental condition and background, all have an equal chance of achieving everything they would like to in life. This led to me studying Occupational Therapy at Derby University, graduating in 2001. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).

I have worked within the NHS in a number of different roles, each different role progressing my career and understanding of the field of Occupational Therapy.

My previous roles within the NHS include field based roles working within local communities (Greater & Inner London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire), working within a Mental Health Unit as well as a Special Needs Unit, designing and overseeing the construction of several sensory integration rooms & specially adapted accommodation and compilation of individual & group treatment programmes.

I also have experience of working within charities involved in the betterment/treatment of children with a variety of complexities. These roles were both field and centre based, leading to a management role, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team.

I have  experience working independently with Parents, Students, Schools and Local Authorities, gaining a wealth of experience accordingly (private OT assessment and treatment, compilation of EHCP applications, school to higher education transfers, adaptation of accommodation and specialist equipment supply, applications for direct payments for social care). I have acted as an expert witness in several court tribunals regarding the funding for each particular students placements within education and social care.

I have continued to develop my knowledge of Autism, becoming DISCO certified in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

My main specialities are working with complex needs in various Neurodevelopmental disorders (such as Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia), as well as Sensory issues. I also have a particular interest in the transfer of students with physical and/or mental disorders into either more appropriate Schools or Higher Education, such as University.

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