Philip North, Senior OT, will be providing unmissable education regarding client driving assessments at the OT Show, in conjunction with Driving Mobility and its regional William Merritt Disabled Living Centre. (Stand K51 NEC, 27-28 November).
The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre is proud to be part of the nationwide Driving Mobility network. Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility centres offer professional support and driving assessments to OT clients who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.
Philip is a highly experienced OT from The William Merritt Centre in Leeds. He has over 30 year’s of clinical practice and is a nationally respected specialist in medical fitness to drive assessments. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in postural, driver and passenger assessments. Philip manages Driver Assessment Services across three regional sites in Leeds, Sheffield and York.
Medical Fitness to Drive – maintaining independent mobility
Dates and times: 27th November, 10:30-10:45, 11:30-11:45, 12:30-12:45, 14:30-14:45.
28th November, 10:30-10:45, 11:30-11:45, 12:30-12:45, 14:30-14:45.
Location: OT Show, NEC Birmingham Stand K51
Speaker: Philip North, OT
The sessions will outline how Driving Mobility assessments check client physical and cognitive abilities with a view to driving a vehicle safely and in comfort. They will also offer advice on aids and adaptations that may assist driving. Each assessment establishes a person’s fitness to drive, related to a medical condition and is carried out by a team of qualified OTs and Approved Driving Instructors.
On stand K51 Driving Mobility will demonstrate and discuss the role of their Occupational Therapists when assessing cognitive and physical driving abilities. A driving simulator will be available on the stand so visitors will be able to experience the key aspects that are assessed.
- Delegates will reflect on the role of occupational therapy within driving
- Greater appreciation of the link between driving and independence
- Consideration of the practical elements of a driving assessment:
– Cognitive skills being assessed – eg. visual perception, decision making, attention, planning ability, slowed processing skills, memory and higher executive thinking
– Physical function – ability to steer and use foot controls and change gear
- Develop greater understanding of vehicle adaptions and support to remain driving