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Occupational Therapists

  • Anicia Baron

    Anicia Baron – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Anicia qualified in 2000 and has worked in the hand unit since 2002. Anicia’s time is split between her clinical and clinical educator roles. As a Clinical Educator Anicia provides teaching on the assessment and treatment of hand conditions and injuries to final year medical students. She has an interest in wrist conditions and dupuytrens in addition to her involvement in the clinical trials for treatment using collagenase.

    Anicia has presented on numerous courses and has completed BAHT level I and II courses and hopes to further progress to become an accredited hand therapist. She has experience in treating complex conditions of the upper limb and is an experienced splint fabricator.

  • Gemma Johnson

    Gemma Johnson – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Gemma has been part of the Pulvertaft Hand Therapy Team since 2009, two years after qualifying as an Occupational Therapist. Her clinical experience has focused on Plastic and Orthopaedic hand and upper limb injuries, neurological and rheumatological conditions. Gemma has a keen interest in the psychological impact of hand injuries and conditions, functional and problem-based splinting, hand trauma, distal radius fractures, as well as a strong passion for functional and vocational-based rehabilitation and workshops.

    Gemma is committed to lifelong learning, professional and student development; actively engaging in student practice placements, presenting on the Derby BAHT Level I course, as well as attending and facilitating in-service training.

  • Ella Donnison

    Ella Donnison – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc - Hand Therapy, Accredited Hand Therapists.

    Ella has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 1998 and has specialised in hands since 2001. Ella enjoys treating patients with acute traumatic injuries – particularly sporting related, and utilises therapy knowledge and skills, especially splinting, to achieve the best outcome for patients. Ella is involved in co-ordinating and teaching on the BAHT Level 1 course and Level 2 X-ray Interpretation course held at the hand unit.

    Ella is also a member on the education committee for the British Association of Hand Therapists. In her spare time Ella is the manager for the England Women’s Cricket Academy (EWA) & England’s Women’s Development Programme (EWDP) U19. This role utilises many skills in supporting and development high performance cricketers of the future.

  • Di Langford

    Di Langford – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Di has been working in occupational therapy within the trust since 1990 and formalised these many years of therapy experience achieving degree qualification in 2010.

    Di has excellent splinting skills and has a particular interest in bespoke splint manufacture and adaptation. Di is also keen on providing joint protection education and condition management advice for patients with long term arthritis difficulties. Since joining hand therapy in 2012 Di has enjoyed imparting her knowledge and experience by supporting students and is keen to continue using all learning opportunities to develop further.

  • Ian Shelton

    Ian Shelton – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Ian graduated from Southampton University in 2007 and has worked in the trust since the beginning of 2008. He has completed a variety of in-patient and out-patient rotations consisting of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Stroke, Elderly Medical and Rheumatology before discovering an interest in splinting.

    Ian worked for over 18 months in the Splint Workshop dealing with a range of upper and lower limb fracture bracing. Ian moved to the Pulvertaft Hand Unit in July 2012 where he deals with both Plastic and Orthopaedic patients.

    Ian has presented on BAHT courses and is committed to continued professional learning and patient education. Ian is also a clinical educator and provides teaching on assessment and treatment of hand conditions for final year medical students.

  • Carole Henderson

    Carole Henderson has worked in NHS for over 20 years. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Derby in 2005. She has worked part-time in the Pulvertaft Hand Unit since 2008, where she has developed advanced therapy skills in working with patients with complex hand conditions. As part of her role she also undertakes some hours in the Pulvertaft Hand Unit Research Department, where she has the opportunity to be actively involved in research projects.

  • Laura Adamson – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Laura qualified in 2007 from the University of Derby and after gaining experience in a wide range of clinical areas became part of the Pulvertaft Hand Therapy Team in 2012.

    Laura has specialist interest in acute trauma, scar management, the psychological impact of Hand injury and offers a skin camouflage service within the Hand Unit.  Laura is committed to lifelong learning; both professional and student development; actively engaging in the provision and development of student practice placements.

    Laura is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapy (BAHT) and has regularly presented on BAHT Level one course run by the Hand unit as well as presenting a poster on the provision of Skin Camouflage with Hand Therapy at the BAHT conference and is working within our research department looking at the effect of the appearance of scarring of daily activities and function and the use of Skin Camouflage.

  • Lucy Hamilton – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Lucy qualified in 2009 and started her career as a rotational member of staff gaining experience in a wide variety of settings. This included social services, paediatrics, neuro, trauma and orthopaedics, surgery, oncology, and the splint workshop before specialising in hand therapy in 2015.
    Lucy is passionate about teaching and learning and has successfully completed BAHT level 1 and 2 courses with the aim of working towards becoming an accredited hand therapist. She has also taken on a role of student co-ordinator within the team and has presented on a number of courses including the BAHT level one course ran by the Pulvertaft hand centre.
    Additionally Lucy is actively involved in a number of projects including helping develop the skin camouflage service within the team and developing guidelines for fracture management.

  • Kiran Birha

    Kiran qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2005, started working as a rotational OT at University Hospital of Birmingham in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Neurosciences, Oncology and palliative care and stroke and upper Limb.

    In 2011 she specialised in Upper Limb, her experience has included complex trauma, rheumatology and some neurological conditions. In 2019 she then moved to the Pulvertaft unit where she have been able to continue her interest in complex trauma and neurological conditions. Kiran has completed her BAHT level 1 and 2 course, and have continued to be active with continuing professional development, playing an active role with having students as well as teaching to orthopaedic registrars. She has also organised and facilitated therapy in-service training and journal groups.

  • Laura Hewitson - BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy

    Laura qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013.

    She worked in the community post graduation gaining valuable experience as well as, knowledge and skills of working in home environments. Laura then joined the Derby OT rotation gaining transferrable skills across a variety of services including stroke rehabilitation, surgery, paediatrics, hand therapy and rheumatology. It was through this that she developed a passion for hand therapy and joined the team in 2018.

    Laura has developed a keen interest in splint fabrication and problem solving as well as the assessment and treatment of trauma patients.

    Laura is committed to developing her knowledge and skills in hand therapy but also facilitating in the learning and development of others.

  • Rotational Band 5

    Hand Therapy is part of the Occupational Therapy Rotations. Band 5 OTs rotate into a variety of different specialities within the trust, and as part of their rotations they spend 6 months working as a valued member of the Hand Therapy Team.