Hello my name is Jess.
I studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, graduating in 2019.
After graduating, I completed my community service year in 2020 at Mosvold Hospital in KZN, South Africa. Here I formed part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services to the local community. On completion of my community service, I decided to make the move to London. In September 2021 I began working as an Occupational Therapist at Clarendon School in Twickenham. Clarendon School is a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs including Autism. Here I was responsible for students’ Occupational Therapy assessment, clinical analysis, goal setting and treatment provision within the school setting.
I knew from early on in my studies that my passion lay within the field of paediatrics and that I wanted to work with children. Over the years, I have developed a particular interest in Sensory Integration and Autism, and look forward to expanding my knowledge and skills in this area. I enjoy working closely with a team of professionals to help children and young people develop their independence and life skills. I believe that parents/families form an important part of that team and I like to work closely and in collaboration with them in order to best support each child’s individual needs.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, being in nature, reading, and spending time with friends. I love travelling – getting to see new places, meet new people, and experience new and different cultures. If my friends had to describe me, I think they’d say that I was people-orientated, empathetic, and sincere.