Pauline Robinson

Occupational Therapist in Galway

Pauline Robinson

Occupational Therapist (OT)

BSc OT, PgCPain

Certified Yoga Instructor

 

Background

Pauline graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 with an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy. She has over 10 years experience in clinical practice in Ireland and Canada in both public and private settings. Her clinical interests include chronic pain, mental health, vocational rehabilitation and sensory processing.

After many years living and working abroad, Pauline returned to Galway in 2016 and started work at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in September of that year.

Clinical experience

After graduation, Pauline gained foundational clinical skills in neurological and respiratory rehabilitation in older adults for the Health Service Executive (HSE) in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. From there, to broaden her skills and experience, she moved to a paediatric setting. She provided Occupational Therapy services for school-aged children with a broad range of physical, cognitive, emotional and sensory disabilities.

Following this, Pauline had the opportunity to work as an Occupational Therapist in British Columbia, Canada. In her first position here, Pauline worked with adults with neurological conditions in rehabilitation and long-term care. This position allowed her to benefit from mentorship from clinical specialists in upper extremity rehabilitation, wheelchair prescription, assistive technology and environmental controls.

Pauline then moved to a rural location in central British Columbia providing services to children, adolescents, and their families, as part of a large multi-disciplinary team in a Child Development Centre.

Developing Specialism

In 2013 Pauline began a role as a consultant Occupational Therapist in private practice in British Columbia. This was a dynamic and challenging role where she provided Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and consultation for individuals who had been injured at work or in motor vehicle accidents. In this position, Pauline developed a unique set of skills providing assessment and treatment of individuals with orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries, limb amputation, brain injury, concussion, chronic pain and mental health conditions.

Pauline has a keen interest in vocational rehabilitation; assisting individuals to remain in work or return to work after injury/chronic illness. She has completed additional training in vocational rehabilitation and has extensive experience in this area of practice.

Pauline is part of the psychology team at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre and works closely with the clinical psychologists. She assists individuals with mental health challenges to regain independence, develop a daily routine and provides coaching on how to apply strategies at home, at work/college and in social situations. Part of this role involves working with students and employees on how they can reduce stress and improve productivity through the use of specific organisation strategies and tools.

Further Education and Opportunities

Along with other related training, Pauline completed post-graduate certification in chronic pain management with the University of Alberta in 2016.

Pauline completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in the summer of 2013. She incorporates elements of yoga into her work as an Occupational Therapist.

Pauline had the opportunity to teach a mental health module for the undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme at NUI, Galway in the Autumn semester of 2017. She has also been involved in practice education with the master’s Occupational Therapy programme at the University of Limerick in a part-time ‘Regional Placement Facilitator’ role up to May 2018. She was invited to be a guest lecturer at NUI Galway relating to the topic of Chronic Pain and Older Adults in November 2017 and will facilitate this again in 2018.

Clinical Approach

Pauline is passionate about empowering people in managing their physical and mental well-being through use of a person and family-centred approach and providing a range of skills and strategies to enhance daily function. Pauline recognises the importance of supporting people to work towards the goals that are important to their lives, and is committed to providing evidenced-based treatment to support people in achieving positive outcomes.

Memberships

Pauline is registered with CORU, Ireland’s health regulation body. She is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Appointments

Pauline is available for appointments each week from Wednesday – Friday. To book an appointment with Pauline you can call the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact form.