Community Service Team
Introducing our Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team!
With help from our in-house care team, our specialised community staff are here to answer any questions that you might have about finding care and rehabilitation for your loved one. Led by Community Manager Caroline Watts, Peartree Community Services has a dedicated group of carers, therapists and personal assistants at the ready to help each client regain as much independence and healthy wellbeing as possible.
With a personalized approach, we aim to address diverse neurological conditions, including strokes, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and more. Our focus is not just on treatment but on empowering individuals to regain independence, optimize functioning, and reintegrate into their communities.
If you'd like to find out more, please check their profiles below!
Peartree Community Service Manager
Hi I am Caroline, manager of Peartree community service.
I have worked in neurological care since qualifying in 2010. I have experience working as a staff nurse and then ward sister at Southampton General hospital on the acute wards, caring for patients on neuro medical, neurosurgical and regional transfer unit for emergency neuro care. It is here I also completed my post graduate regional neurological qualification over six months, learning more about complex neurological conditions and best nursing practice to care for these patients. I also completed the mentorship course to enable me to support students and new members of staff, I remain passionate about staff training, support and development today. During this time I had responsibility to hold the emergency responder bleep and bed management bleep for all of the neuro wards within this hospital and completed much training, both theory and practical to develop skills and experience in nursing care of complex neurological clients.
For eight years I was the ward manager and then the matron on a neurological and neuropsychiatric rehabilitation wards in Southampton, which is where my love for rehabilitation grew. Supporting clients with brain injury, spinal injury, acute neurological conditions and long term complex neurological conditions was so rewarding. In this role I loved leading projects for service development, staff training and increased quality of care. My passion for personalized care has been able to be put into practice since working in rehabilitation, really getting to know clients and their families, what is important to them, what goals they want to work on to get back to independence or their own understanding of quality of life for them. It is important to me that our team all have the same values and aim to provide the best service we can, at the highest standards to achieve client safety, effective outcomes and build great relationships based on trust and open, honest communication.
We understand that treatment and care must be cost effective for funders and providing a service that treats each client holistically, working together as a multi-disciplinary team whilst putting our client at the Centre of everything we do, involving them and their loved ones at each step of the way. Having been both a patient and a relative of unwell loved ones myself, I really understand how vital it is to have good and frequent communication, honesty and to feel empowered to make decisions about your own care and that is everything Peartree community service strives to achieve. I am proud that we have a team that I would be happy to have care for my own family members, who are experienced and skilled, but also have empathy, always showing kindness and respect. The feedback we receive from clients, their families, case managers and then seeing the outcomes in the recovery of our clients makes every single day worth the hard work.
Recognizing the importance for people to be able to stay at home with their loved ones to receive care, we have worked hard as a team to support complex care clients at home and have received training and cascade trained clinical skills such as tracheostomy care, deep suctioning, wound care, care of feeding tubes and also training around de-escalation and positive behavior management. I pride myself in supporting staff to discuss clients in our weekly meetings, conducting frequent supervisions and training for staff to ensure they feel well supported and can therefore provide the best care and therapy to our clients.
My love and passion for nursing, neurological care/rehabilitation and for Peartree community service only continues to grow.
Community Service Deputy Manager
I have been the Community deputy manager for just over a year now and have over 26 years of experience in Complex Care having worked within the NHS Healthcare setting prior to this.
I have a real love for Neuro Rehabilitation and have 20 years of experience in this specialist area, being able to see a client achieve their aspirations and goals and to know that I have contributed to this is one of the most satisfying parts of my new role.
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist
Hi, I’m Lauren, Peartree Community’s specialist Neurological Physiotherapist.
I graduated as a physiotherapist in 2013 at the University of Southampton, having already completed a degree in Sports Science at the University of Greenwich. I have worked in both the NHS and private practice settings and have completed numerous rotations within the NHS including orthopaedics, outpatients, elderly rehab, amputee rehab, ITU, MSK and respiratory.
I began working within the neurological specialism in 2016 supporting clients through various stages in their rehabilitation journey including inpatient rehabilation, early supported discharge, community neurological rehabilitation and outpatients. I started working at Peartree at the beginning of 2023, both in-house and in the community to support clients with a complex neurological presentation. I recognise the importance of client centred care as well as integrated multi-disciplinary working to maximise therapeutic outcomes.
I am committed to maintaining an up to date CPD by attending relevant training and keeping up to date in the latest evidence-based practice to ensure I can continue to deliver high- quality, client centred therapy whilst maximising rehabilitation outcomes.
Specialist Neurological Occupational Therapist
“Hello, I am Emma Marshall, Specialist Neurological Occupational Therapist for the Peartree Community Service. As an Occupational Therapist my role is to assess and work on physical and cognitive skills in function, with the overall aim of working towards increased participation and independence in meaningful daily tasks. I am passionate about helping individuals to reach their full potential and live their best life no matter what their situation.
I started working as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 in a Rapid Response Team, working in the community seeing individuals with a variety of conditions and clinical presentations. My main aim in this role was to help prevent hospital admission through assessing and providing interventions around individual function and environment.
It was in this role that I developed a passion for neuro and wanted to specialise, working in an area where I could be part of an individual’s journey for longer and see progress through rehab. I, therefore, started working at an inpatient neuro rehab unit in 2011 where I spent 11 years managing a complex caseload of individuals experiencing a variety of neurological conditions, providing cognitive and physical goal orientated rehabilitation. Interventions included completing cognitive assessments, carrying out functional tasks to assess and work on specific cognitive/physical skills, anxiety management and relaxation, postural assessments/interventions, upper limb assessments/interventions, as well as looking at community access.
I am now really excited to be working as part of the Peartree Community Service, treating individuals in the context of their own environment with community occupation therapy where it is most meaningful. I want to see individuals thrive in their own home and community settings and fulfil the roles that are most important to them.”
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist
Hi, I am Louise and I work as a Neurological Rehab Specialist Physiotherapist within Peartree Community Service.
I originally qualified in 2013 and worked in a variety of settings where I gained skills including orthopaedic care, acute spinal injury management, respiratory care and admission avoidance. Developing experience throughout the pathway that an individual follows from A&E to discharge has proved invaluable when I moved to specialist neurological rehabilitation in 2017. I have had training in Pilates, Vestibular rehabilitation, Electrical Stimulation, Spasticity Management and Casting which I use within my role where require.
My passion is rehabilitation and helping clients regain independence and function with the focus being on the person as an individual My role within Peartree in the community allows me to work alongside the multidisciplinary team to maximise rehabilitation within an individual’s own environment and facilitate returning to community and family life activities.
Hi, my name is Warren and I am the Lead Clinical Neuropsychologist at Peartree House Neurorehabilitation. I have worked in healthcare for over 13 years which has included various stroke and neurorehabilitation services throughout Hampshire and Sussex. At Peartree, I work across both the residential and community services either directly providing neuropsychological assessment and interventions, or indirectly through consultation and supervision. Outside of Peartree, I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology and Neuropsychology Lead at the University of Southampton, which includes lecturing and undertaking research. I have also been on the Board of Trustees for Headway Portsmouth and Southeast Hampshire since 2018. I am passionate about supporting people who have been affected by a neurological condition and helping them to live full, meaningful lives.
Would you like to contact one of our Community Therapy and Care Team?
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