Consultant Profile

Mrs Helene Boonin

Mrs Helene Boonin BSc (Hons), Dip COT
Practicing at:
Spire Leeds Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Occupational Therapy
Special clinical interests:

Thermoplastic splinting
Hand therapy
Scar management
Desensitisation techniques
Joint protection
Hand and upper limb injuries
Orthopaedic trauma
Reconstructive/plastic surgery
Sports injuries
Rheumatological - osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Industrial/work injuries

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member, British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
Member, College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Independent Practice (COTSS-IP)
Member, British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)
Member, College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Occupational Therapy in Work Practice and Productivity (OTWPP)

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
07808 216580
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mrs Helene Boonin is an occupational therapist with over 25 years experience in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with a variety of upper limb conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, brachial plexus injury, congenital deformities, acute trauma, plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopaedics.

Mrs Boonin has had extensive experience in thermoplastic splinting, performing functional capacity evaluations, hand assessments and workplace assessments.

Mrs Boonin has worked in private practice since November 2004. She currently offers her services at a weekly clinic at Spire Leeds Hospital.  Her main specialist areas are as follows:

Splinting: Mrs Boonin offers a specialised thermoplastic splinting service. The splints are custom-made and can be provided for a number of different purposes such as protection, stretching or preventing contractures, following surgical intervention, supporting weakened joints, resting swollen or arthritic limbs or improving function.
Hand therapy: Following a detailed upper limb assessment, a tailored programme of hand therapy exercise and rehabilitation can be provided to improve range of movement, grip strength and function. Mrs Boonin is able to provide specialist equipment to aid independence.
Scar management and desensitisation: Mrs Boonin uses a variety of treatment modalities to improve the texture and appearance of scars, as well as teaching desensitisation techniques to reduce hypersensivity.
Joint protection: Mrs Boonin is able to offer expert advice on joint protection techniques for all rheumatological conditions.

Clinical skills are maintained by regularly attending courses, conferences, in-service training and through membership of Mrs Boonin's professional association and other special interest groups.

Mrs Boonin regularly updates her continuing professional development portfolio using reflective practice. She has a twice yearly peer review with an experienced colleague.

Mrs Boonin is a guest lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy, University of Huddersfield.

Mrs Boonin runs a clinic at Spire Leeds Hospital every Monday morning.

Personal profile:

Mrs Helene Boonin has been married for 26 years to a GP who works in the Leeds area. They have three children.

Mrs Boonin's hobbies include theatre, playing bridge, swimming, badminton and social entertaining. Mrs Boonin is also a member of the management council of a local religous charitable organisation which has 1000 members.

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Mrs Helene Boonin

Mrs Helene Boonin Allied Health Professionals Consultant, Leeds, West Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

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