AMPS-ESI UK and Ireland Teaching Faculty
We are a small group of practising occupational therapists who use this suite of occupation-based assessment tools: AMPS, the School AMPS, or the ESI in our work with clients or in occupational therapy education settings. We also use the OTIPM (Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model) as our occupation-based model of practice.
Below is information about the AMPS-ESI UK & Ireland teaching faculty.
Current Faculty - April 2017
|AMPS Faculty||School AMPS Faculty||ESI Faculty|
|Gill Chard||Karina Dancza||Gill Chard|
|Claire Holmes||Belinda Williams|
Independent Researcher/writer (AMPS UK and Ireland)
AMPS Faculty; ESI Faculty
Lancaster, LA1 4PX
Gill Chard has worked in occupational therapy education since 1994 at the Liverpool and Lancaster schools in the UK, at the University of Alberta in Canada and as Professor of Occupational Therapy at University College Cork, Ireland. She has extensive clinical experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including neurological and elderly rehabilitation (including dementia) and long term disability in the community. She has used the AMPS clinically and in research for over 20 years, and the ESI since 2009. She supervises research students at all levels. Gill has been teaching the AMPS since 1994, the ESI since 2012.
School AMPS Faculty
Professional Advisor: Children & Young People
College of Occupational Therapy
106-114 Borough High Street
London, SE1 1LB
Karina Dancza is the Professional Advisor for Children & Young People for the College of Occupational Therapists. Her background is in occupational therapy with children and young people, in particular working with children with specific learning difficulties and in schools. Her PhD research interests are in occupational therapy student learning processes, occupation-centred practice, paediatric practice and using the Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model (OTIPM). Karina has been teaching School AMPS since 2010.
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist/Independent practitioner
Claire Holmes was the clinical specialist OT for Stroke at Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust until 2015 where she used the AMPS in a variety of clinical work including stroke in both acute and rehabilitation settings. She has used the AMPS clinically since 1997 in neurosurgery, health care of the elderly, neurological diseases and stroke. Claire has been involved in teaching the AMPS since 2001.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability Service
Ruth Marshall is senior occupational therapist working with adults with learning disabilities in Lanarkshire, Scotland. She uses the AMPS clinically as part of a multi-disciplinary differential diagnosis process, also as a baseline to evidence improvement/decline with clients. She also uses the AMPS as an outcome measure with groups (before and after) to evaluate the effectiveness of the group. Ruth has been teaching the AMPS since 2009.
York St John University
Sue Mesa has worked in occupational therapy education since 2009, at Canterbury Christ Church University and currently at York St John University. Her clinical background is with adults with learning disabilities and in particular those with dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental illness/challenging behaviour. Sue has used the AMPS for assessment, outcome measurement, monitoring of functional decline in those with dementia and to assess the adaptive functioning part of the learning disability diagnostic criteria. Sue has been teaching the AMPS since 2005.
Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist
Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health Unit
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Hammersmith, W6 8NF
Jude Taylor is a Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist at West London Mental Health NHS Trust. She oversees 4 busy acute admission wards and a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. She has also worked in forensic psychiatry with both male and female patients and in the community as part of an early intervention for psychosis team. Previously she has worked with clients with severe and enduring mental illness both as inpatients and in the community. Jude uses the AMPS on a regular basis and has been teaching the AMPS since 2010.
ESI Faculty/AMPS Faculty; Country Coordinator
Independent Occupational Therapist
Director, Lavender OT Ltd
41 Lavender Road
Hampshire, SO41 0GF
Belinda Williams is Country Coordinator for AMPS-ESI UK and Ireland and an independent occupational therapist. She has worked clinically and in a consultant role in a variety of settings and with a variety of client groups within the NHS and third sector organisations including adults and older people with mental health issue. She uses the AMPS (since 1995) and the ESI (since 2010) as an outcome for measuring the efficacy of individual and group interventions, for supporting service users in their recovery journeys, facilitating discharge and enabling service development. Belinda has been teaching the ESI since 2013 and teaching the AMPS since 2017.
AMPS Scotland Associate
Senior Occupational Therapist
West Fife Community Outreach Team
71 Priory Lane
Fife, KY12 7DT
David Sanders is a Senior Occupational Therapist with NHS Fife. He has worked in a community outreach service with adults who have complex severe and enduring mental health needs since 2005. Previously he worked within in-patient rehabilitation and as a Community Mental Health occupational therapist. He has used AMPS clinically since 2010, taking a lead role in demonstrating its clinical value and embedded the AMPS within mental health services across Fife. David leads AMPS activity in Fife winning the 2014 COT AMPS UK and Ireland Award to help fund this work. He is an AMPS practitioner resource for Scottish OTs.