Alison Barrett, Director

Occupational Therapist

Alison qualified as an occupational therapist (OT) in 2001 with a BSc Honours degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton. She has worked extensively in the NHS, completing a basic grade rotation at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before working in the Children’s OT in South Bedfordshire and then Northamptonshire. This included  working with children in homes, schools, children’s centres and clinic settings. Alison became a partner and director of Thrive OT in 2012.

Alison has worked with children with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses, including: cerebral palsy, neurological conditions, hemiplegia, developmental impairment, sensory integration difficulties and coordination difficulties, including DCD and dyspraxia. She has a specific interest in early intervention with under fives and children with physical and neurological disabilities. Alison has specialised training in postural management, sensory integration, DIR-Floortime (101) and manual handling.

Alison is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT).
  • RCOT Specialist section for Independent Practitioners (COTSSIP).
  • RCOT Specialist section for Children, Young People and Families.
  • Sensory Integration Network.

   

Jennifer Barrow, Director

Occupational Therapist/ Advanced Practitioner Sensory Integration

Jennifer joined Thrive OT in March 2012 as an associate and become a partner and director in July 2017. She qualified as an occupational therapist in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the Trinity College, Dublin. She started her career in London, specialising initially in orthopaedics and surgery with a special interest in fracture bracing and splinting, adults and children. She is an Advanced Practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration and a certified DIR-Floortime Basic Practitioner (ICDL 101 and 201).

A move to Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 2007 gave Jennifer the opportunity to work solely in paediatrics in a variety of settings including, mainstream and special needs schools. Jennifer has worked within paediatric intensive care units, children’s centres and in children’s own homes. She has supported schools and families in applying for grants and funding from charities and in setting up sensory areas, handwriting groups and movement groups for children with coordination difficulties and/or sensory processing difficulties.

Jennifer has a specific interest in working with children of pre-school and school age.

Jennifer is an associate of the Fairfields Teaching School Alliance, offering bespoke training to school staff on a regular basis. She also hosts and speaks at Thrive training days, school inset days, parent forums and workshops.

Jennifer is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • RCOT Specialist section for Independent Practitioners (COTSSIP).
  • RCOT Specialist section for Children, Young People and Families.
  • Sensory Integration Network.
  • The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

Charlotte Pow

Occupational Therapist

Charlotte has been working with Thrive OT since September 2012. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Occupational Therapy from the University of Northampton. She started her career at St. Andrew’s Hospital in Northampton specialising in Acquired Brain Injury. In 2005, Charlotte gained a band 7 post in the NHS Northampton Community Learning Disability Team. Charlotte continues to work part-time for the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Service, working with adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health and challenging behaviour, on an in-patient ward and in the community.

Charlotte has experience of working with teenagers and adults with mild, moderate, severe and profound multiple learning disabilities, autism, sensory integration difficulties, communication difficulties, mental health and challenging behaviour. She has a specific interest in activities of daily living skills teaching and engaging individuals with challenging behaviour in meaningful activity.  Charlotte has completed DIR-Floortime 101.

Charlotte is a member of:

  • British Association of OT (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • RCOT Specialist Section – People with Learning Disabilities

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Cindy Lovejoy-Jacobs

Occupational Therapist

Cindy started her career in Occupational Therapy in 2007 after gaining a BSc Honours degree from the University of Northampton. Initially employed by Livability at Hinwick Hall College, she spent much of her early career in service development and working with young adults with learning disabilities.

In 2009, Cindy began working in Paediatrics in the Northamptonshire NHS Trust, where she gained experience in a variety of settings including schools, both mainstream and special, children’s centres, children’s homes and children’s wards in hospital.  Cindy has a particular interest in the treatment and management of childhood hemiplegia and has attended a Bobath course to enhance her practise in this area.

Cindy is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • RCOT Specialist section for Children, Young People and Families.

    

Meike Illing-Whitby

Occupational Therapist

Meike qualified as an Occupational Therapist with Diploma in Germany in 2001. Meike is a Bobath trained Occupational Therapist, she has also completed her training in the CO-OP Approach. She worked as a Children’s Occupational Therapist in private practice in Hamburg and Cologne and went on to study Occupational Therapy at Hogeschool Zuyd in Heerlen, Netherlands graduating with a Bachelor of Health in 2005. Meike continued to work in private practice in Germany until starting to work for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust for 8 years. In 2014, Meike started to work for Thrive OT.

Throughout her career, Meike has primarily worked with children in their school/nursery settings, at home or in the community. Meike worked with children with learning disabilities, autism and behaviour difficulties and completed a three week foundation course in Sensory Integration in Germany. Her special interests lay in early intervention and children with complex physical needs. She has been an OT team lead for a special needs school, providing advice in sensory processing, postural management, activities of daily living, moving & handling and housing.  As part of her role for Cambridgeshire Community Services, Meike lead a team of OTs who advised mainstream educational settings on building adaptations to accommodate children with physical and sensory needs.

Meike is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • Deutscher Verband der Ergotherapeuten (DVE) – German Association of Occupational Therapy

Jackie O’Connell

Occupational Therapist

Jackie joined Thrive OT in 2016.  She has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents with significant mental health, ASD and developmental difficulties.  Additionally Jackie has worked with children and adolescents with trauma and complex needs.

We at Thrive are very proud of Jackie’s achievements; she has coauthored chapters in a book “Forensic Issues in Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities”, and co-authored a couple of articles around sexuality, plus completed poster and seminar training events.

She has completed ‘Introductory Theraplay’ training (for individuals and group work), is Sensory Integration Trained (SIPT certified) and has attended courses around autism, sexuality, and protective behaviours. Jackie use her depth of knowledge in these areas to develop individualised programmes for  young people.

Jackie is a member of

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)

 


Rachael Gartland

Occupational Therapist

Rachael has joined Thrive in early 2017.  She had been working in the NHS as part of the Child Development Centre since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2010.  She has experience with a range of Physical Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental difficulties including ASD and ADHD.  She has worked as part of the multidisciplinary team assessing for Autistic Spectrum Disorders and providing therapy for children post diagnosis.  She has also been working in schools and nurseries to provide strategies and interventions which aid learning and access to the curriculum.

Rachael has experience in running training workshops for parents and professionals, and has helped set up resource packs for occupational therapy and teaching staff and parents/carers.

She has a special interest in hemiplegia and also sensory processing difficulties and completed the DIR/Floortime 101 course.  She is currently completing her training in sensory integration to Level 3 (SIPT certification).

Rachael is a member of:

  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
  • The Sensory Integration Network

 

Alison May

Occupational Therapist

Alison works as a school based occupational therapist and joined Thrive just before the summer break in 2017.  She qualified as an Occupational Therapist  in 2003 with a BSc (Hons)  in Occupational Therapy from Coventry University. Following initial rotations in physical healthcare settings of trauma and medicine, she moved to working in Mental Healthcare environments. Alison studied whilst working and gained an MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy in 2011 from University of Northampton.

She continued to work in mental health care with patients with complex needs and challenging behaviours and within this setting developed an interest in, and started using, sensory approaches. She completed her post graduate certificate in Sensory Integration in 2016 and moved to working in a school setting in 2017.

Alison is a member of:
• British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
• Sensory Integration Network.

 


Claire Devonport

Occupational Therapist

Claire is the newest recruit to our team, she joined us in October 2017. Claire spent time working with us, and as a student on placement, while studying at the University of Northampton. She qualified with a BSc (Hons)  degree in occupational therapy from the University of Northampton in 2017.

Prior to training as an OT she worked extensively in schools to support children and families at risk of exclusion. She also has experience working with children and adolescents with physical and learning disabilities.

Claire completed the DIR/Floortime 101 course and looks forward to completing further DIR/Floortime training programmes.

Claire is a member of:

British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)/Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)

 


 

All our occupational therapists

  • Have an enhanced DBS check.
  • Are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Participate regularly in peer supervision.
  • Participate regularly in high quality, continuing professional development.