Kevin Cross

Profile

I am a qualified occupational therapist with 12 years’ experience of working in general hospitals, rehabilitation units, outpatient teams and the community.  I am a highly motivated and effective practitioner.

I first began working as a brain injury case manager in March 2008, and in that time have provided extended primary input to more than 20 people from a very wide variety of backgrounds and with a broad range of impairments and difficulties. I have worked extensively with brain-injured males with challenging behaviours, but I also have broad experience of working with people with other varied complex needs. I also have experience of providing paediatric brain injury case management.

I am an advanced practitioner member of British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers

I have extensive experience in providing detailed assessments and creating client-centred treatment programmes for people with a variety of complex conditions; including traumatic brain injury, stroke, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, bipolar disorder, dementia, cerebral palsy and general orthopaedic injuries.

I work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams and have collaborated on many complex discharges from hospitals to the community and community rehabilitation programmes.

Qualifications

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

Skills and Experience

As an occupational therapist I have experience of working in an orthopaedic setting in a general hospital, in a psychiatric crisis team and in a community dementia service.

I have a very strong understanding of the problems facing the families of people affected by accidents and illness, and I recognise the value of placing family members at the centre of my programmes.

I have a very extensive experience and understanding of the medico-legal process, having supported around a dozen people through that process. I have equally broad experience in working alongside Court of Protection Deputies and have a strong understanding of the needs and responsibilities of that role.

I first began working in care as a support worker, and I believe that this has given me a good understanding of the difficulties inherent in that role. As a case manager, I have over a decade of experience of working with support workers; including all aspects of recruitment, training, supervision and appraisals. I have also managed support worker redundancies and disciplinaries, as the need has arisen.

I have worked in collaboration with statutory services in many areas; including a variety of capacity issues.

I provide brain injury training to support workers, family members and allied healthcare and legal professionals. I have spoken at conferences on the art and value of brain injury case management, and am a member of BABICM’s Training and Events Group, which develops a wide variety of training events from workshops and seminars to conference events.

Employment

March 2008 to December 2018 Brain Injury Case Manager at Head First

September 2006 to March 2008 Occupational Therapist on a mixed rotation for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Registrations and memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (reg no. OT49035)

Advanced Practitioner member of British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)