Claire Marie Sedgwick

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I currently work as a highly specialist paediatric and teenage occupational therapist, for those who are requiring specialist cancer treatment: Proton Beam Therapy. Issues such as fatigue management and sleep are common interventions. This specific type of cancer treatment is only available at two hospitals in England. I have working with young people with cancer at UCLH for a number of years in acute of out patients services. My role as an occupational therapist is to support a patient and family to be able to work on the occupations that are important to them, completing a holistic assessment and reviewing the person, the environment and the occupations that need to be completed. These areas can all impact on a person’s occupational performance.

What motivated you to enter paediatric care in the first place?

I have a passion for supporting families to feel empowered and able to make small, manageable changes that can have a long-term impact or make a difference towards the end of life. Every family is unique and brings its very own set of circumstances. Working with children and young people with cancer is a privilege. Being able to support them and their families to manage better at such a challenging time is extremely rewarding.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

Since working as an occupational therapist in paediatric cancer care as well as becoming a mother of 2 I have developed a specialist interest in sleep. How sleep can impact the child as well as the wider family and the impact this has on all other occupations. I feel sleep can be an undervalued occupation for everyone until there is a problem with it, which can often leave a family in crisis. Gaining a level 6 qualification in paediatric sleep would give me the confidence to know I am highly skilled in this area and better support the families I work with. I would hope to gather data and show the value of completing sleep education and interventions in paediatric cancer care that goes beyond sleep hygiene. I would hope to promote this work and present at national conferences to shine the light on sleep, the importance of supporting it in cancer care and how the occupational therapist is the perfect professional to take this forward.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

Through University College London Hospital

Tell us about yourself!

I live in Bedfordshire with my husband and two young children. I enjoy time outdoors, especially flower picking and trips to the seaside. I thrive on 2 cups of coffee and enjoy an evening swim to relax. I am still trying to perfect how to curl my hair, practise makes perfect right?!

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

In the future I would like to work towards a clinical specialist occupational therapist role supporting families through challenging times. Since having my own children, I have developed an interest in the birth to preschool age group empowering parents to feel confidence in completing co-occupations and loving environments to their children as well as supporting maternal and paternal mental health.