Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

Samantha was first exposed to the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdT MoCA) during her undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) where she obtained her BOccTher degree Cum Laude in 2014. After working in rural parts of South Africa for a year, she pursued her passion for neurological rehabilitation by joining an acute neurological rehabilitation team at Life Groenkloof Hospital in Pretoria. While working here Samantha realised the importance of acknowledging a patient’s level of motivation following an acquired brain injury. Unfortunately there was no standardised outcome measure available to facilitate this. Through discussions with colleagues and experts in the field, Samantha discovered that therapists were informally using the VdT MoCA as a guide in neurological rehabilitation and that it could form the foundation for the development of such an outcome measure.

Samantha pursued her masters degree through the University of Pretoria on “The Development of an Outcome Measure based on Motivation and Action for Occupational Therapists working in Neurological Rehabilitation”. She obtained her MOccTher degree in 2019. The outcome measure, namely the Motivation and Action in Neurological Rehabilitation Outcome Measure (MANROM), is still in the early stages of development and requires quantifying, however Samantha is passionate about using the measure in practice as well as educating other OT’s in the use of the measure.

Samantha moved to the UK in 2020, where she hopes to continue her career in neurological rehabilitation as well as train other OT’s in the use of the VdT MoCA in neurological rehabilitation.

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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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