Occupational therapy team

image of Katie WadeKatie Wade
Occupational Therapist at Hesley Village

This is my first post since graduating from York St John university but I have prior experience of working with adults with autism and complex needs from working as a support worker in a specialist service in Leeds.

I have a keen interest in education and originally started training to be a primary school teacher with the aim of working with children with special educational needs. I realised as a teacher it was hard to work with children 1 to 1, and that the work life balance as a teacher was not for not for me. I took some time out from education, working as a teaching assistant in a mainstream primary school, and then a secondary school which had a partnership with a specialist inclusive learning centre, working with children with a range of physical and learning disabilities. I learnt about the role of Occupational Therapy through this work, and through having a close family member with mental health and physical disability. The more I found out about the role, the more I realised Occupational Therapy was the career for me!

I am hoping to continue my career as an Occupational Therapist but find ways to combine it with my love for education, either by taking on a master’s course, working in one of the Hesley Group’s schools or specialist colleges, or by getting involved with the local universities in whatever ways I can. I also love learning outside of work and spend my spare time reading or learning new skills, such as knitting, felting, sewing, and cross stitch.

Meet another member of the Occupational Therapy Team...
Rachel O'Sullivan - Head of Therapies and Occupational Therapist covering all sites within Hesley Group
Anna Duncan - Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist covering all sites within Hesley Group
Anna Atkinson - Occupational Therapist at Fullerton House School
Liz Whiteside - Occupational Therapist at Community Solutions and the Specialist Colleges
Holly Fenton - Occupational Therapist at Hesley Village
Rebecca Hillier - Occupational Therapist at Low Laithes and Fullerton House School
Victoria Blunt - Occupational Therapist at Wilsic Hall School
Natalie Foster - Therapy Assistant at Low Laithes
Lauren Waddington - Therapy Assistant at Fullerton House School