Helen Maddox – BSc (Hons) PGDip OT
Helen graduated from the University of Bath Spa in 1994 with a degree in Combined Social Sciences. She went on to train at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, gaining a post graduate diploma in Occupational Therapy from Queen Mary and Westfield University (University of London) in 1996. Helen stayed in East London completing a basic grade rotation before starting on her journey into her Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury specialism. As a Specialist Occupational Therapist, Helen gained valuable work experience working with Neurologically impaired patients in Sydney, Australia and at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs, America. She returned to Portsmouth in 2001 where she gained a clinical speciality post in an adult Neuro Rehabilitation Team where she rotated between the acute hospital unit, the Rehabilitation unit and the Community Rehabilitation team.
Helen arrived on the Isle of Wight in 2007 and is currently the Clinical Team Lead Occupational Therapist in the Community Rehabilitation Team at St.Mary’s Hospital.
Helen has a passion for teaching and training others and keeps her Clinical Professional Development up to date by attending a National Brain Injury conference each year in London, as well as other local conferences at Wessex Neuro in Southampton. She is a member of 2 of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists specialist sections – O.T’s working in neurological practice and Independent Practice.
Cindy Prince – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Since qualifying in 2010 with a 2:1 BSc in Occupational Therapy at The University of Southampton, Cindy has gained much of her clinical experience within rehabilitation services for the NHS. In her most recent role, Cindy has acquired specialist skills in Neurological rehabilitation, and this has become a passion. With a desire to improve service provision and provide evidence based practice, Cindy’s priority is always the patient’s experience and high quality care. Central to this is teaching and training, and the sharing of specialist knowledge and skills, which is part of the I.R.P ethos.
Prior to qualifying and working for the NHS, Cindy worked with young people that have additional needs in a mainstream school setting, she also has experience of healthcare provision in various cultural settings from voluntary roles and time spent in Madagascar, South Africa and Australia.
Looking forward, she hopes to develop skills in Neurological rehabilitation further, by enrolling on the Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Practice with Neuro rehab specific modules.
Kristian Long – BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP.
Kristian graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSC (hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2007. He completed his basic grade rotation at St Mary’s hospital before successfully specialising as a Senior Physiotherapist in a dual role, including Musculoskeletal (MSK) out-patients within the hospital, peripheral clinics, the prison service and working at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice with clients diagnosed with a wide variety of long term conditions or requiring palliative care. He also became part of the Respiratory on-call team over evenings and weekends.
Kristian’s career progressed further in 2011 when he gained a senior rotational post including MSK out-patients, Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics, and Community Rehabilitation. It was in this position that he began developing his managerial skills, gaining additional qualifications which led to him being successfully seconded for a year as the Orthopaedic Team Lead.
In 2015, Kristian was appointed as a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal out-patients operating out of a number of peripheral clinics across the island.
Kristian commenced a Team Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapy role in 2016, providing a 7-day service in Community Rehabilitation. He currently remains in this position.
Kristian has undertaken a number of extended scope qualifications including an Introduction to Bobath (BBTA) and a number of Society of Orthopaedic Medicine modules (SOMM). He is an accredited McKenzie back care specialist in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and holds an Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) Acupuncture qualification. More recently Kristian successfully completed a masters (MSC) module in Injection Therapy. He is considering further MSC modules in ‘Identifying the deteriorating patient’, and ‘Independent prescribing’ in the future.
Kristian is passionate about sharing his specialist knowledge and skills and enjoys delivering clinical, evidence-based training sessions to junior staff and other multi-disciplinary team members.