Ben Chetland

Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons)

Ben Chetland

Ben joined Neuro Physio Berkhamsted in 2012 before he qualified as an Occupational Therapist and worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant in a Community Neuro Rehab Service in Aylesbury. It was during this time as a Rehabilitation Assistant that Ben discovered his enthusiasm for Neuro Rehabilitation and decided to pursue a career in this field.

Ben qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University in 2016.  Since qualifying Ben has worked at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust primarily based on the Hyper Acute and Acute Stroke Units at Wycombe General Hospital. Ben worked closely with other members of a multidisciplinary team to provide specialised stroke assessment and rehabilitation to people who had difficulties performing everyday living activities as a result of neurological deficits following a stroke. Ben also spent 6 months at Stoke Mandeville Hospital working in the Burns and Plastics and Rheumatology Service. In this role Ben assessed the restrictions caused by burns and rheumatology hand conditions as well as providing individual treatment programmes and fabricating specially made garments and splints to provide effective care.

In January 2019 Ben began working at the Community Head Injury Service in Aylesbury where he now provides specialist assessment and rehabilitation for people with traumatic and other forms of acquired non-progressive brain injury and their families. Ben assists those unable to return to previous work to find sustainable alternative occupation through an integrated programme comprising: specialist vocational assessment, work preparation (e.g. work preparation group, community-based vocational rehabilitation activities, individual projects, vocational counselling), voluntary work trials, and supported work placements. Specialist job retention interventions are provided for those in work but experiencing difficulty at any stage post-injury.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys trying new cuisines, spending his time with friends and family and more recently attending ten-day meditation retreats which enhances his happiness and perspective of life.