Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1990, Jill has worked for over 25 years in the field of neurological rehabilitation and has set up and managed multi-disciplinary in-patient services as well as community-based services in the NHS and local authority. She has extensive specialist postgraduate neurological rehabilitation training including adult Bobath training (3 week), cognitive rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, constraint induced movement therapy, dynamic lycra splinting and understanding memory.
She has strongly promoted the role of rehabilitation services through presentations at national events, at Scottish Parliament and has formed strong connections with voluntary groups and universities. She is an author of the online Stroke Training and Awareness Resource (STARS) and has delivered neurological rehabilitation training for a variety of specialist groups.
Jill is committed to supporting peoples positive emotional and mental wellbeing alongside their physical abilities to maximise their enjoyment of life and reach their potential.
Whilst living in Shetland, Jill developed the community rehabilitation service and her passion for outdoor life and activities. Developing this unique service at Calvert Reconnections for people with acquired brain injury enables her to combine her expert skills and knowledge with her love of the outdoors while ensuring people are receiving unique neurological rehabilitation.
Jo is a registered nurse with a background in neuropsychology and complex case management. Jo set up and founded a successful community-based Acquired Brain Injury/Neurological support service in Cumbria, and has worked closely with the local Brain Injury Charity to improve opportunities and care for individuals and their families locally and nationally.
Jo has worked with the Cumbria Community Acquired Brain Injury Team for the last 8 years, developing tools and innovative support/assessment models, in order to improve outcomes and service delivery for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and other Neurological Conditions. Following the success of her community-based service, Jo took on the role of ABI/Neurological Specialist Lead in order to provide expert advice, tools and training to organisations, charities and providers throughout the UK. Within this role, Jo delivered bespoke training and workshops to charities, registered services, local authorities and hospitals in order to improve care quality and outcomes for individuals with ABI and other Neurological Conditions.
Jo has also worked for the Care Quality Commission Inspectorate (providing advice and recommendations for continuous improvement) and the NHS, case managing and delivering complex care for individuals with significant cognitive and psychical difficulties.
Jo has recently completed a MSc in nursing care/rehabilitation for individuals with ABI and is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience of the sector to ensure Calvert Reconnections becomes established as an outstanding service, recognised nationally for its Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Femke van Schelven
After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2004, Femke worked in Sheffield gaining a varied experience for 4 years. She then moved to Cumbria and has now gained 12 years experience as a specialist neurological physiotherapist. Her work here has been across a community stroke team, Stroke rehabilitation inpatients and neurological in and outpatients. She has provided specialised neurological assessment, treatment and management for a variety of complex conditions.
Femke has had the opportunity to undertake and deliver specialist training in a variety of postgraduate skills and qualifications. This includes Functional Electrical Stimulation, Saebo Neuro Rehabilitation and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy. During this time Femke has also managed, coordinated and developed neurological rehabilitation and stroke rehabilitation services. She is committed to driving a high quality specialised service, through an up to date evidenced based approach.
Femke’s passion for movement and activity extends into her personal life where she has a great love for cycling, fell walking, climbing, mountaineering and open water swimming. She has also lived as a full time racing cyclist competing internationally. Femke thoroughly enjoys sharing these passions with others and through her role as a neurological physiotherapist, and she has been able to use her skills and knowledge to support others in such activities.