Paula has worked as a qualified Occupational Therapist since 1997. She has gained experience in a range of clinical settings including children with disabilities, medical inpatient, mental health, intermediate care and forensic learning disabilities. From 2009-2011 she took on an innovative non-traditional role as Occupational Therapist: Fire and Mental Health Liaison Officer. This was a joint funded post between Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Following this successful partnership, Paula now works for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as their Health and Social Care Services Coordinator.