Ceri Goldring

Ceri Goldring
Ceri has worked in a variety of jobs from admin to sound engineering and hospitality. Ceri describes having a eureka moment during her 30s and took the plunge to return to academic life to become an Occupational Therapist, successfully qualifying from the University of Northampton in 2019.
Ceri was initially introduced to VdTMoCA while studying at university. Ceri is now using the model to inform her clincial practice in a medium secure hospital on an older adults ward, working with service users who have complex mental and physical health issues.
Ceri describes herself as a 'tech savvy gadget geek', so has volunteered her skills to provide IT support to the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) and source innovative ways of providing training, support and resources to our members. 
Ceri will be working closely with the foundation to research, resource and implement the best methods to reach out to our community whilst still living with the Covid-19 restrictions. 
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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori


     Hi Lou, 
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 

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