The Health Shack Team
Health Shack have an experienced team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and trainers who will carry out a thorough assessment of your condition, including any medical stipulations from your doctor, and then formulate a customised exercise plan designed to precisely match your requirements and objectives.
The team will then give comprehensive pre-exercise training and advice followed by supervision, monitoring and encouragement during the exercise periods. Client progress will be logged and recorded to check actual achievement against plan. The plan can then be adapted and refined as the client progresses through the exercise programme.
Specialist Occupational Therapist & Managing Director of Health Shack
Annette is the founder and MD of Health Shack. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and for the last 14 years has worked in neurology, cardiac rehabilitation, learning disabilities, forensics, acute and organic mental health wards, and finally specialising in dementia and older peoples’ services.
In 2014 Annette was awarded the Medipex Best NHS Innovation award for the Visual Memory Assessment Tool (VMAT) for Yorkshire & Humber region and was nominated by NHS England in 2015. Annette’s aim is to offer “everyone the ability to exercise”. Health Shack is taking a very medical & rehabilitative approach to facilitate those who would normally feel they had nowhere to go to achieve their goals, both physically and mentally.
Tutor, Health & Social Care Professional and Director of Health Shack
After graduating from the University of Huddersfield as a health and social care professional June Morell has worked within the community as well as in hospice and hospital settings. The focus of her work was driven by the NHS and Community Care Act (1990) where assessment and care planning were an essential part of the Hospital Trust Discharge Policy. June was also a link worker for both an orthopaedic and a surgical ward where many of the individuals had progressive, life threatening illnesses. She also undertook a weekly ward round with the Orthopaedic Consultant and weekend work which involved working on site next to the A&E department. June worked alongside the Rapid Response Team and ensured that individuals, not being admitted to hospital were enabled to return home with adequate support in place.
Over the past ten years June has been a tutor in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds.
Specialist Occupational Therapist
Lauren qualified as an Occupational Therapist from York St John University in 2012.
She has worked on a Dementia Assessment Unit where she gained valuable skills working with people with moderate to severe memory impairments. She then moved into intermediate care where she further developed her knowledge in a wide range of physical health conditions and equipment related interventions. More recently, Lauren has worked in a Community Rehabilitation Team implementing therapeutic interventions.
Lauren currently works in Memory Services and is a specialist in Dementia Care supporting both those with memory problems and their carers. She intends to continue her professional development by training in Bowen Therapy which helps to restore balance, repair the body and assists in pain management.
Community Staff Nurse
Linda has ten years’ experience working within the nursing profession, initially studying and working as a Student Nurse on placements in Huddersfield, Bradford and Airedale, before gaining an Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing studies from Bradford University.
After qualifying as a Staff Nurse, Linda then worked on a medical/respiratory ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care of patients suffering a wide range of respiratory and medical conditions. In particular, she has experience of nursing patients suffering acute and chronic asthma, COPD and all types of cancer.
More recently she worked as an NHS Community Staff Nurse covering the Huddersfield district. The main areas of her community nursing experience involved injections for diabetes, wound care, removal of sutures, IV transfusions for pain relief of cancer patients, vaccinations and general nursing care of all adult community patients.