UK HCPC: OT15724
Member of British Royal College of OT
Member of the World Federation of OT
Member of the Association of SI Practitioners
ADOS - 2 certified
Occupational Therapy Assistant (pending AHPC registration)
My name is Olivia. I graduated with a post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London Southbank University in 2005 and worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in London, UK until 2018. My various roles have included working for the acclaimed paediatric Occupational Therapist Dr. Sidney Chu as a senior OT. During this time, I learnt about the importance of carrying out evidence-based practice that is fun and productive for children. I also learnt how to deliver occupational therapy that empowers families, and creates confidence and resilience.
Most recently I worked for seven years at the Evelina London Children's Hospital and Community services, part of Guys and St Thomas NHS foundation, as a senior OT.
In my last role there I was part of the diagnostic team for developmental coordination disorder (also known as dyspraxia). I have also led an autism OT team and supervised junior staff there. I have worked with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, where I did splinting, seating, and recommended adaptations to the environment. I have designed and delivered OT services in mainstream and specialist schools, at both primary and secondary levels.
I have worked in private clinics including Harley Street Practices in London, mainly providing sensory integration treatment. Prior to that, I worked as an OT at the renowned South London and Maudsley NHS trust, in both adult and children's mental health services.
Before my life as a British OT, I studied for a Masters Degree in Sociology at The University of Manchester, UK. I loved this, because human behaviour, in all its various forms, has fascinated me since I was a child.