Caz Lyall
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      • Occupational Therapist & Care Expert
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    Caz Lyall

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    PhD, MA, MSc, BSc

    Specialisms

    • Complex Neurology (including Head Injury and Stroke), including Executive Dysfunction
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Introduction

    After qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1988, I worked in a wide range of acute and rehabilitation settings in the UK, Australia and South Africa. Brain injury has always been my main interest, and so I have worked predominately in the field of traumatic brain injury and stroke. I completed an MSc in Neurorehabilitation in 1996 with a dissertation that examined executive dysfunction following traumatic brain injury. This stimulated an interest in the psychological impact of acquired brain injury and its impact on behaviour, mood and interpersonal relationships, which culminated in an MA in Psychotherapy and a Psychology PhD. After working as a head occupational therapist and neurology lecturer, I now work as a care expert and psychotherapist. In November 2017 I joined the OT Practice as an independent Occupational Therapist. 

    I have worked as a medico-legal consultant expert for Somek and Associates since 2001, undertaking hundreds of care and OT assessments for both Claimants and Defendants. My case work involves the detailed assessment of clients with neurological, physical or psychological problems, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and post-traumatic stress disorder. Much of my work revolves around complicated personal injury and clinical negligence cases that have aggravating factors. 

    I have completed a wide range of medico-legal training programmes; have experience giving oral evidence in court; and operate strictly under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.

    Professional Affiliations
    My professional affiliations include the Health and Care Professions Council and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

    Professional Education
    2008     PhD Medicine, University College London
    Doctoral study on the impact of caring for spouses that have suffered a stroke. This specifically involved a longitudinal study of how carers’ expectations influenced their psychological wellbeing one year post their spouses’ stroke
    2007     MA (with distinction) in Transpersonal Psychotherapy, De Montfort University
    The research involved a study examining the impact of traumatic brain injury on sibling relationships.
    2002    Foundation Course in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education 
    1996     MSc in Neuro-rehabilitation, Brunel University
    1988     BSc in Occupational Therapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

    Academic Awards
    • Byers Memorial Fund Award
    • Hospital Savings Association PhD Scholarship
    • Elizabeth Casson Award
    • Constance Owens Award