Claire Tester

AHP Improvement Advisor, Major Trauma, East MTC and Improvement Advisor, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHS, NHS Tayside/Scottish Trauma Network

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Claire qualified as an occupational therapist in 1981. Her clinical background extends over 24 years and includes mental health, acute medicine, neurology including; spinal injuries, paediatrics, and palliative care working in the NHS in UK, and Australia. She has worked in the Third sector for over 10 years, which includes Camphill Community, and the Children’s Hospice Across Scotland. Claire worked at the Scottish Government in lead national roles from 2005- 2015 and was part of the small team responsible for the development and early implementation of the Quality Strategy (2010).  

She was an honorary clinical tutor at Dundee University contributing to children’s nursing and palliative care, and contributes to Robert Gordon University to 4th year AHP students. She is a published author in palliative care, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and children’s oncology. Awarded a Florence Nightingale/ Burdett Trust UK Leadership scholarship (2011-2012). 

Claire holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Practice, a post graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Skills (Psychoanalytical) with Children and Young People, and a post graduate Certificate in Consulting in Organisational Change. Claire holds current state registration to practise (HCPC). She received a three day teaching on Compassion with HH The Dalai Lama in 2005. Claire was recently invited as a Co-opted member to join the Scottish Board of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.