Our team

Sharmin Campbell – Director 

Sharmin qualified as an occupational therapist in 1975 and initially worked in the community, gaining an in depth appreciation of how it is often the environment that handicaps the individual with a disability. She has gained extensive experience while employed by Social Services of adaptation work and has developed a specialist interest in this area.  She is particularly interested in how the environment can be changed to enhance independence.  Later, with the introduction of the Community Care Act in 1990, she adopted a case management role and was then also responsible for assessing the care needs of disabled people. She has been offering a case management service since 1990, working with a range of clients, but primarily with children with a disability and their families.

Sharmin has been working independently since 1991, as a consultant in occupational therapy, maintaining client contact through private practice, and offering a case management service.

Sharmin is the Director of Celsior but also has an active caseload.

Julie Merritt – Office Manager

Julie is AAT trained and has been working with Sharmin for the past 20 years. Julie is our office manager and so is responsible for the smooth running of the office. She is the first point of contact for solicitors and clients and it is her role to facilitate communication between our clients, respective case managers and solicitors to ensure a seamless approach. Julie has gained considerable insight into the type of support that people with a disability require and has developed an understanding of the role of the case manager and the relationship they have with the client. She has excellent communication skills and will ensure effective communication between the client and case manager.

Our consultants:

Sheilagh Blyth

Sheilagh Blyth qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999. Since this date she has gained extensive experience in the physical ill health of children and adults working for the NHS, Social Services and Independent Health services. Her experience extends to the assessment and treatment of fine motor difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, motor coordination problems, developmental delay, 24 hour postural management, neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and orthopaedic conditions including total knee and hip replacements, upper limb injuries and amputees.

After gaining her baseline skills of working as a physical health therapist in an acute hospital she worked from 2001 to 2005 as a paediatric OT in Portsmouth meeting the needs of children both at home and at school. During this time she was also seconded to Jersey to help re-establish an island wide service meeting the needs of children with coordination difficulties.

Sheilagh’s area of expertise is in working with children and young adults. Her current clients include working with educational establishments to meet the special needs of children with cerebral palsy and adolescents with learning difficulties. She has extensive experience of working with ‘Looked After’ children. Sheilagh also currently acts as a resource for other therapists on the subjects of child development, childhood illnesses and pain management.

She left full time employment in 2008 to work independently as a therapist and case manager.

Kim Emery

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2003, Kim has gained experience of working in wide range of clinical settings across NHS, Social Services and in Private Sector Organisations. The majority of Kim’s career to date has been working within the field of Neurology and Neurosurgery where she developed comprehensive and specialist skills in assessing and treating highly complex clients presenting within multiple pathologies.  As a result, Kim has developed expert skills in carrying out and interpreting functional and standardised assessments specifically for Acquired Brain and Spinal Cord Injury clients, in order to facilitate and plan appropriate client centred treatment/goal orientated intervention programs and written reports. 

During her career, Kim has developed core Occupational Therapy skills working with a varied caseload comprising of Neurological, Surgical, Medical and Orthopaedic conditions. She applies these skills to all areas of her practice.
At present Kim divides her clinical time within the NHS and the Private Sector. When Kim is not working for the NHS, she works as an independent therapist within her specialist field of neuro-rehabilitation predominately working with people with Acquired Brain Injury and offering a case management service, primarily to support families with a child with disabilities.

She has excellent skills in identifying physical and cognitive impairments that are impacting on a client’s everyday functional performance and developing strategies to overcome or minimise the effect that these have on everyday function. Kim is able to utilise advanced clinical reasoning and baseline assessments to identify client centred therapeutic S.M.A.R.T goals in order to progress and maximise the independence of all her clients.

Rachel Swains

Rachel graduated from Coventry University 2002 and has specialised in neurological practice working not only in the statutory sector, but has also worked as an independent therapist in the private/charity sectors. She has gained extensive experience, working with both families and individuals.  She has gained a solid grounding and background knowledge of dealing with people of all ages and cultures with a wide variety of diagnoses and functional problems.  

She developed an interest in neurological conditions, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) with Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Social Workers and then joined B.I.R.T (Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust), a private charitable trust as a senior occupational therapist. This post gave her the opportunity of gaining further experience in understanding the impact that neurological conditions have on the family. The post also enabled her to gain valuable and unique experience of the private sector, working with NHS and non-NHS agencies e.g. M.O.D. She has a knowledge of issues of capacity and deprivation of liberty and unique discharge plans/recommendations for future care.   

Rachel is currently working as a case manager, completing immediate needs assessments and providing a case management service for clients primarily with neurological impairment. She also continues to work as an Occupational Therapist, completing one off assessments and reports, and providing an OT service regarding housing adaptations and the provision of equipment.

Meet the team

 

 

Sharmin Campbell

Celsior Case Management Ltd, Southwinds, Shoscombe, Bath BA2 8LP,

DX 42961 Midsomer Norton, Telephone: 01761 439 157, Email: info@celsior.co.uk

Registered in England and Wales 08688315

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