Mrs Helene Boonin

Occupational therapist

BSc (Hons), Dip COT


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I am an occupational therapist with over 30 years experience in the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with a variety of upper limb conditions including orthopaedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, arthritic conditions and acute trauma.I have had extensive experience in thermoplastic splinting, performing functional capacity evaluations, hand assessments and workplace assessments. I have worked in private practice since November 2004. I currently offer my services at a weekly clinic at Spire Leeds Hospital. I am also a member of Independence Works panel of Occupational Therapists carrying out case management work. I have had over 12 years experience of medico-legal work providing occupational therapy and care expert reports for both claimant and defendants.My main specialist areas are as follows:Splinting: I offer a specialised 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 exercises and rehabilitation can be provided to improve range of movement, grip strength and function.I also offer the following: scar management and teach desensitisation techniques, advice on specialist equipment to enable independence and I teach joint protection techniques for all rheumatological conditions.My clinical skills are maintained by regularly attending courses, conferences, in-service training and through membership of my professional association and other special interest groups. I regularly update my continuing professional development portfolio using reflective practice. I am also a guest lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy at Leeds Beckett University.
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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Helene Boonin at Spire include:

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Specialist occupational therapy mainly treating upper limb conditions.Treatments include specialist bespoke splinting, hand therapy, scar management and joint protection techniques.

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Clinical interests

Occupational therapy covering a wide range of clinical areas including orthopaedic, trauma and reconstructive surgery, sports injuries, rheumatologic conditions, industrial and work related injuries.

Qualification and professional memberships

Dip COT / University College Salford / 1982
Diploma in Occupational Therapy

BSc Hons / University College Salford / 1992
Batchelor of Science


Professional memberships

British Association of Occupational Therapists

College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Independent Practice

British Association of Hand Therapists

Case Management Society UK