Jill trained as an occupational therapist qualifying in 1990. She has worked as a senior occupational therapist across the specialities of adult rehabilitation both inpatient and community, always with a passion for neurological rehabilitation. She has worked in a variety of geographical locations including South Wales, the North West of England, USA and Northern Scotland before joining Calvert Reconnections and settling in Keswick.
Jill developed the occupational therapy and physiotherapy service to the Accident and Emergency department at Whiston Hospital, St. Helens and Knowsley in the late 1990’s before moving to Shetland and developing a new Intermediate Care Team and community rehabilitation service. She has strongly promoted the role of rehabilitation services through presentations at national events, training for specialist groups and at Scottish Parliament and has formed strong connections with voluntary groups and universities.
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 neuro 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.
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