This year’s United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Clinician of the Year is Kiera Stevenson, an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works at Woodlands, Christchurch Group in York. The Award was announced at the UKABIF 8th Annual Conference which took place in London earlier this month.
Kiera’s patients are recovering from brain injuries and neurological conditions, including stroke, and she ensures that they get the therapies they need to increase their own independence. She has developed innovative strategies for those living with fatigue following a brain injury, and she recently qualified in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), a creative process used only by a handful of trained therapists in the UK. Kiera uses DMP, which involves movement of the body as an expressive instrument of a person’s communication, feelings and thoughts, so that participants can communicate in their own instinctive way. DMP is particularly useful where verbal communication is an issue.
Announcing the Award Professor Mike Barnes, UKABIF Chair said: “It gives me great pleasure to present this Award to Kiera. She is an engaging and committed individual with a genuine passion for OT, and uses everything she has in her tool box to improve the lives of her patients.”