Heidi is a Clinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT), and the lead for the Acute Neurosciences OT Service. She is part of both the Neurology team and the Neurosurgery team, providing assessment and acute therapy intervention for children on the ward.
Medically Unexplained Neurological Symptoms in children and adolescents- a study within WHO's International Classification of Functioning, disability and health framework(2012) Kayal Vijayakumar, Lucy Alderson, Sinead Barkey, Heidi-Marie Furr (nee Griggs), Alexandra Edwards, Katy Phillips, Wendy Doyle, Prab Prabhakar.
Presentations at conferences
Institute of Child Health, London, (2011), Occupational Therapy assessment & intervention for children with peripheral neuropathy.
Institute of Child Health, London, (annually 2006 to 2010), The role of Occupational Therapy within the neuromuscular assessment team.
Heidi’s areas of interest include brain injury, both traumatic and acquired as well as neuro-developmental assessment and developmental delay. In addition to this, fine motor deficits and hand dysfunction. Heidi enjoys working within the Neuromuscular team, assessing and providing management advice for children with conditions such as muscular dystrophies and peripheral neuropathies.
Qualifications and training
Training and qualifications
Heidi has a BSc (hons) in Occupational Therapy. She has attended various training courses since 1996, including the COOP training, sensory integration, acquired brain injury management, as well as teaching at paediatric conferences in London. She completed her full Bobath training in 2008 in London.
She has participated and attended international conferences such as ‘Paediatric neuromuscular rehabilitation’ (2006), Denmark and ‘Re-organisation of hand function in children with brain lesions’ (2004), Pisa, Italy. She is trained in the use of the Bayley developmental scales.
Heidi is also trained in Sensory integration assessment and treatment, Levels 1 and 2 (2002) and has completed both Levels 1 and 2 of the ‘British Association of Hand Therapists’ assessments (2002 and 2004). Heidi has attended many other courses and conferences on paediatric therapy, advances in neuroscience, postural management, developmental coordination disorder and dyspraxia, since 1996.