Senior Practitioner, Community Occupational Therapist, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership
Ailsa is a Senior Practitioner in adult social care and has many years of experience working in this field, beginning with employment as an occupational therapy assistant with Fife Council in 1993. Ailsa progressed through her occupational therapy career from completing the HNC Occupational Therapy Support programme and continuing her professional education with Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh, qualifying as a registered Occupational Therapist in 2000. Ailsa worked in the field of mental health, in Dundee and then West Lothian before resuming employment with Fife Council. Ailsa has a keen interest in dementia and ensuring a personalised, rights-based approach in community occupational therapy practice, particularly in managing risk and enabling people to live well within their home environment. She has gained valuable experience through networking with the local and national Connecting People, Connecting Support dementia forum for allied health professions via Alzheimer Scotland. Through Alzheimer Scotlands' AHP dementia webinar series, Ailsa co-delivered a presentation regarding executive function and stairlift assessment to which over 1,000 people had registered. Ailsa is currently undertaking the Dementia Champions programme delivered by the University of the West of Scotland.