Davina Jhummun, Senior Occupational Therapist

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Davina Jhummun, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, is the Senior Occupational Therapist at Coombe Wood Mother and Baby Unit. She is also the Clinical Lead for the occupational therapists working in perinatal services within CNWL. Davina has been a core member of the multidisciplinary team since 2014. As well as working for the In-Patient and Assertive Outreach Team, Davina also contributes to the work of the Parenting Assessment, which assesses the capacity of mothers, with mental health problems, to parent their infants.

She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2007 and has since had experience in working in a variety of mental health settings. As part of the Occupational Therapist role at Coombe Wood, Davina supports mothers to develop and enhance their level of functioning in their role as a parent. She supports mothers to create a balanced routine that enables them to provide practical and emotional care to their baby while still managing to engage in other important areas of their lives. Another key aspect of the role is in supporting mothers in establishing and maintaining a relationship with their baby through the use of occupational activities. Occupational therapy is offered through the Coombe Wood activity group programme or during tailored individual sessions.

During her time at Coombe Wood Mother and Baby Unit, Davina undertook further postgraduate training at the Tavistock, in the award winning part-time course ‘Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice’. The course introduced the fundamental aspects of child, adolescent and family mental healthcare and practice, informed by psychodynamic, systemic and child development theories.

Davina is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists, including the Children, Young People and Families specialist section. She represents the Perinatal Occupational Therapist Team at the North West London Perinatal Mental Health Network and is part of the National Occupational Therapy Perinatal Network.