Helping to Make Kids' Lives Better

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NAME: Susan Graham AGE: 42 JOB TITLE: Team lead occupational therapist for Children and Young People's Forensic Services.

WHERE DO YOU WORK? Prudhoe Hospital and St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth, part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? Provide therapeutic intervention to children and young people.

Manage, lead and support a staff team of occupational therapists and assistants who work within Children and Young People's Forensic Services. Support the patient, carer and public involvement agendas - involving our service users in the improvement in development of services they use.

Working towards supporting an integrated children and young people service at Prudhoe Hospital.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF WORK? Enthusiasm, commitment, the ability to reflect and see the usefulness of interventions, patience and active listening skills.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS PROFESSION? 21 years WHERE DID YOU TRAIN AND WHAT DID THAT TRAINING INVOLVE? Newcastle Polytechnic (Northumbria University) Three-year Diploma Course in Occupational Therapy - 1986-1989.

I completed a degree in 2008 in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a Masters Module in 2009 in Sensory Integration. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS JOB? …


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