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Our Team

We have a small team of highly experienced and qualified housing occupational therapists throughout the country. We are also constantly expanding our team to meet our clients’ needs.

Anava Baruch

Anava Baruch - housing occupational therapy servicesManaging Director, Clinical Lead
BA Hons Occupational Therapy & MSc Ergonomics

Anava has many years of experience working as a housing Occupational Therapist for both the private and public sector.  She specialises in the inclusive design of domestic and residential buildings, aiming to provide aesthetic solutions for people who are less able.

Anava acts as an expert witness (under Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules), specialising in accommodation and equipment. Her knowledge and expertise have proven particularly useful for clients who do not want to move home and would prefer to have their property adapted to meet their needs. Anava is known for her ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions for complex problems.

Anava is a member of Bond Solon, Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Health & Care Professions Council. She is also accredited on the APIL expert database.

Sheila Rush

Sheila Rush - housing occupational therapy servicesOperations Manager
BA Hons Business Studies

Sheila has a wealth of experience gained in management and administration in the Health, Charities and the Not-For-Profit sectors.  She has previously worked as a Practice Manager in a busy inner-city GP surgery, an Information Manager at a charity for people with learning difficulties, and a Programme Coordinator at a national children’s charity.

Zoe Bainbridge

Zoe Bainbridge - housing occupational therapy servicesOccupational Therapy Lead, North
BA Hons Occupational Therapy

Zoe qualified in 2000 and since then has worked in the NHS, Social Care and the private sector. She has specialist knowledge and experience of equipment, housing adaptations and manual handling risk assessments. She has worked closely with architects on a number of home adaptation projects for Design for Independence, and has a special interest in assistive technology.

Paul Withington

Occupational Therapy Lead, Midlands
BSc Hons Occupational Therapy & BSc Hons Quantity Surveying

Paul originally trained and worked as a quantity surveyor before qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2003. He has considerable experience in the social care and the private sector. Paul’s main expertise is in the provision of home adaptations, housing suitability, specialist equipment, assistive technology and manual handling, to enable clients to achieve their maximum potential. Paul works in a client-centred way to find imaginative solutions to problems.



We’ll be at the following conferences in 2019:

Previously Anava has given the following speeches:

  • NAIDEX 2018: Designing homes with a focus on visual impairment
  • Brain Injury Group Training Day, July 2018: Housing Adaptation and Accommodation Needs
  • Occupational Therapy Adaptation Conference (OTAC) Edinburgh 2017: Getting Adam back to Budapest
  • Child Brain Injury Trust Webinar 2017: Improving independence and mobility in the home following ABI
  • CMSUK Webinar 2017: Designing Homes with a focus on visual impairment
  • CMSUK/BABICM/VRA Joint Conference 2015: Technologies to improve the quality of life
  • Grand Designs London Show 2015: Ask the Expert feature on inclusive design
  • Epilepsy Action Conference 2014: Technological aids to minimise the fear and risk of injury during seizures
  • Blind Veterans Annual Meeting 2014: The provision of home adaptation
  • Naidex Homecare Show 2013 : Examining inclusive design