Dr Amy Burns
Dr Burns has worked within the NHS for 20 years, qualifying in 2004 as a Clinical Psychologist and in 2012, as a Neuropsychologist. Her experience as a qualified psychologist includes 16 years working with adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) and other neurological conditions, providing assessment and individualised neurorehabilitation on a 1:1 and group basis. Dr Burns has worked alongside other members of multi-disciplinary teams and external agencies, in order to support people to work towards their rehabilitation goals. Her experience includes community and outpatient working and also residential and inpatient settings.
Head Rehab Coach
Rob brings over twenty years’ worth of outdoor coaching experience to the team. He has always been a strong advocate for using outdoor activities to facilitate personal development, so this underpins his practice. During his time in the outdoor sector, Rob has spent twelve years at Calvert Lakes specialising in the adaptation and delivery of outdoor adventure with inclusivity at its heart.
In 2018, Rob qualified with an MSc in Psychology. He researched the influence of rock climbing on people’s mental wellbeing and this highlighted the transformative potential of the outdoors. He uses his knowledge when designing and delivering programmes, focussing on maximising wellbeing by using adventurous activities and the outdoor environment. He bases this on psychological theory and hopes to coach and support others to promote this practise too.
Rob has assisted British Canoeing and the Mountain Training Association to develop their disability awareness and inclusive training provision. Canoe and kayak instructors have benefited from Rob’s authoring and delivery of the Inclusive Intermediate Paddleability module and further Train the Trainer courses. As Head Coach, Rob not only holds a broad range of mountain, canoe sport and sailing qualifications but will be overseeing much of the outdoor training for our team.
Leading canoe and kayak expeditions to Scotland and the French Alps for people with disabilities has been a real highlight for Rob. He loves to be able to share his knowledge and passion for paddling white water with others, though when not on the water, Rob’s other love is exploring the local fells with his dog.
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.
LDCT Centre Director
Sean is the Centre Director at both Calvert Reconnections and the Lake District Calvert Trust, a Charity that supports people with disabilities to achieve their potential by providing challenging outdoor adventure. Since 2008 Sean has led this inspirational charity as it has continued to grow and develop against the backdrop of National austerity. Now supporting over 4,000 people a year with disabilities, together with their carers and friends, the Calvert Trust is the recognised leader in providing accessible adventure from its residential centre in the Lake District.
Having been involved in delivering outdoor education in a range of settings for over 25 years Sean is still involved in leading activities. In addition to the strategic planning and management, during his time at the Calvert Trust he continues to be involved in the development of new activities and delivery of courses. Leading white water canoeing trips involving disabled service veterans and climbing multi-pitch routes in the Italian Dolomites with an MS sufferer have been particular highlights.
A father of 3 boys Sean enjoys the privilege of living and working in the heart of the Lake District. In their spare time the family make the most of the area being keen climbers, walkers and mountain bikers.