Meet the Team

The team at Thrive OT Services accept referrals either directly or through Schools, Local Education Authorities, NHS Authorities, and other professionals including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and  Physiotherapists.

We work to high standards providing quality assurances, complying with the Data Protection Act 2018 ( the UK’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation). All our Occupational Therapists are members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), HCPC registered, fully insured and have annual DBS enhanced certificates.

Alison Barrett, Occupational Therapist and Director of Thrive OT Services

Alison has been a director of Thrive OT Services since 2012. She qualified as an OT with a BSC(HONS)OT from the University of Southampton in 2001. She has worked in the NHS in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, working in children’s services since 2003. Alison is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Knowledge and Skills Alison has worked in a range of specialist and mainstream primary school settings, on hospital wards and in early years…

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Jennifer Barrow, Occupational Therapist and Director of Thrive OT Services

Jennifer worked as an associate since 2012 and in 2017 joined Alison Barrett as Director of the company. She qualified as an OT, Sc.Curr.Occ.Ther.(Hons), in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin and on moving to England worked in NHS adult services. She made the move to children’s services while living and working on Guernsey in 2007. Jennifer is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Knowledge and Skills Jennifer has worked in a range of…

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Kerry Springett, Business Manager

Kerry has been employed by Thrive as Office Manager since September 2019. She started her career working for a large Building Society for 14 years before taking a career break to have children. She returned to work as a pre-school practitioner and obtained a Level 3 Diploma in pre-school child care before moving to a primary school as both class based and SEN Teaching Assistant. She returned to her ‘admin’ roots in 2015 by moving to the school office where…

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Meike Illing-Whitby, Occupational Therapist

Meike qualified as an Occupational Therapist with Diploma in Germany in 2001

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Alison May, Occupational Therapist

Alison has been working with Thrive OT Services as an associate since 2017, and joined the team as an employee in February 2020. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist with a BSc (HONS) OT from Coventry University in 2003. Alison has worked in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in various adult physical and mental health services then moved to working with children in 2017. She has worked with individuals and in specialist schools in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Alison is HCPC registered…

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Lynn Thompson, Occupational Therapist

Lynn is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist, qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1993 from Glasgow Caledonian University. She has extensive experience of working both within the NHS and in independent practice. Lynn has specialised in working in Paediatrics since 2001. Lynn is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Knowledge and Skills Lynn has worked in a variety of settings including a child development centre, mainstream, special schools and preschool settings. She works…

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Jackie O’Connell, Occupational Therapist

Jackie qualified as an OT with a BSC(HONS)OT from the University of Coventry in 1997. She has worked in the NHS in London within the Mental Health Service, low and medium secure adolescent settings, working with individuals with complex needs, and privately with children, families and teachers in mainstream and specialist educational setting. Jackie has worked as an associate with Thrive since 2016. Jackie is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Knowledge and…

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Charlotte Pow, Occupational Therapist

Charlotte has been working with Thrive OT since September 2012. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Occupational Therapy from the University of Northampton

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Stacey Broadway, Occupational Therapist

Stacey joined us during 2017 to work part time in both school and home settings. She works with children with additional needs, completing assessments and recommended therapy sessions. Stacey has many years of experience working with clients with an autism diagnosis. She has post graduate training and experience in Ayres Sensory Integration.

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Cindy Lovejoy-Jacobs

Cindy started her career in Occupational Therapy in 2007 after gaining a BSc Honours degree from the University of Northampton

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Claire Devonport, Occupational Therapist

Claire worked and volunteered with Thrive OTS during her training at Northampton University and joined us when she  qualified as an OT with a BSC(HONS)OT  in 2017. Claire is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Knowledge and Skills Claire works across a range of specialist and mainstream school settings, Working to provide an embedded OT service within school settings; Claire works with children, parents and teachers to support participation in school through her…

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Sarah Robinson, Occupational Therapist

Sarah graduated from the University of Northampton in 2018 and joined the Thrive team following her final placement with us. Sarah is HCPC registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. In her gap year before studying at university, Sarah worked as a Nursery Nurse and local Swimming Teacher. Knowledge and Skills Sarah currently works regularly in two specialist schools and within various mainstream settings or SEN units across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Sarah works closely within…

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Louise Atherton, Occupational Therapist

Louise graduated from the University of Northampton in 2018. She joined Thrive in September 2019 after spending a year working in a rotational post at Northampton General Hospital. Prior to training as an occupational therapist, she worked as a teaching assistant for 4 years after completing a Graduate Diploma in Early Years Practise. This has enabled Louise to obtain valuable experience of child development and working with children and parents. She is HCPC registered and is a member of the…

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Abi Stringer, Occupational Therapist

  Professional Statement I graduated from Coventry University and became HCPC registered in 2018. I went on to work in a community role supporting adults with mental health and learning disabilities. Then spent some time working in an SEN school as part of their medical team/class staff to gain experience working with young people before securing a position as a school-based OT within an academy in my home-town. This led to me meeting and joining the Thrive team in 2020.…

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What our customers say

Looking forward to supporting local parent and carer groups:

 

Hi Jennifer

Thank you so much for your fantastic talk last night.

I have had so much positive feed back from parents…..they all got so much from your talk. We would love to have you back again sometime.

Thank you again

Jenny Mould (ACE)

support groups restarting

Feedback from recent training on embedding The Interoception Curriculum at Red Kite Special Academy in Corby, July 2020

“Training was excellent”

“The training was marvellous, really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work”

“You were amazing! The training was so interesting, loved it and cannot wait to try it”

“Such good training, thank you both! Excited to find ways to apply this through the whole school”

“Amazing”

Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby

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