Orbis Education and Care has appointed Lisa Cowles in a new role for the organisation as its Head of Clinical Services.

Orbis is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist schools and homes, supporting children and adults with complex needs associated with autism.

Lisa’s new role will see her manage all aspects of Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Positive Behaviour Support, Psychiatry and complimentary therapies.

Lisa, from Caerphilly, originally joined Orbis Education and Care in 2012 as an Occupational Therapist herself. She was promoted to Head of Therapies in 2018 and was given oversight of a multi-disciplinary clinical team, developing new systems and processes to ensure that individuals had access to the appropriate and specific levels of therapies they required.

Lisa hopes to draw on her extensive and varied experience at Orbis in her new role. She said: “My responsibilities are to ensure the effective delivery of therapies and Positive Behaviour Support throughout the organisation, to improve the quality of life for the individuals we support, reduce restrictive practice, and roll out this model from the board to the floor.

“I aim to increase awareness of the essential role that therapies have within the Orbis model, with Positive Behaviour Support becoming truly embedded across the organisation, with more colleagues gaining a qualification in it and, most importantly, to achieve positive outcomes for the children and adults we support.”

She added that she is delighted to be appointed to this new role.

“When Chief Operating Officer Kelley Fray informed me that I had been successful in my interview, I was overwhelmed. I am so passionate about the amazing team that I work with, the therapeutic model we adopt and how it can significantly help the individuals we support.

“It feels like the last 10 years has been building up to this moment and now I am extremely excited for what the next decade holds!”

Speaking of her appointment, COO of Orbis Education and Care, Kelley Fray, said: “Lisa is a highly skilled and loyal employee of the Orbis Group. She represents all of the PASSION values central to the Orbis Care and Education philosophy. This new role will enable Lisa to use her considerable expertise to ensure the outstanding care and education practice across the Group continues to flourish as we grow and develop.”