Occupational therapy team

Liz WhitesideImage of Liz Whiteside
Occupational Therapist at Community Solutions and Specialist Colleges

I have worked for the Hesley Group since June 2016 and this is my first post-qualifying role. I studied through Sheffield Hallam University on a Practice Based Learning programme and gained access to this unique training programme via my previous employment and work experience in the health and social care arena.

My journey to becoming an OT has been a long and slow process and began before I had even heard of the profession when I was 16 and working as a care assistant in a nursing home. Some of my workmates thought me a typical teenager not really wanting to get on and work in a busy environment, but my thinking was “why should we be doing things for people who are capable of doing them their selves?” Since then I’ve gained over 15 years’ experience of working in various settings in health and social care and continued to apply the notion of “not doing for people but doing with”.

My roles have included: OT Support Worker at a forensic high secure mental hospital; Community Support Worker supporting individuals with a learning disability to live as independently as possible; and Healthcare Assistant for an agency covering mental health, learning disability, dementia, elderly rehab, home support, physical, nursing and residential care and sheltered housing.

In my free-time I can usually be found either with a ball of wool in hand making something, talking to my budgies, chickens and cats or dressed as a coal miner performing a Morris dance in a town near you!

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
Holly Fenton - Occupational Therapist at Hesley Village
Katie Wade - 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