Claire Hankin

Claire Hankin

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

BSc Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • ​Lower limb amputation
  • General surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Elderly Care

Introduction

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001. I have a great deal of experience of assessing and treating individuals with lower limb amputation, vascular surgery, abdominal surgery, orthopaedics and elderly care.  

I worked in many clinical areas at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, including care of the elderly, stroke, surgery, rheumatology, medicine and paediatrics between 2001 and 2006. In 2006 until 2012, I worked with individuals following lower limb amputation, vascular surgery, transplants, colorectal surgery, urinary surgery, individuals with all types of cancer, including those that required end of life care. I also had experience in orthopaedics and experience of assessing and treating individuals with elective total hip replacements, knee replacements and fractured neck of femurs following falls.
 
In 2013, I started working in the surgical team for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust at Broomfield Hospital. I assessed and treated individuals following lower limb amputation, colorectal surgery, urinary surgery and occasionally individuals with respiratory conditions. I worked approximately one day a month assessing and treating individuals after orthopaedic surgery or patients with a varied range of medical problems and difficulties in accident and emergency or in the emergency assessment unit (usually over 65). These individuals often had comorbidities, that all impacted on function as well as the acute condition. Initially, I was based on an upper gastrointestinal and colorectal ward, then I was based on the vascular ward which involved assessing and treating individuals following lower limb amputations (unilateral and bilateral). For most of the patients I assessed their home environment in the form of either an access visit, or a home visit looking at activities of daily living.  On occasion, I completed a follow up home visit post discharge, or assessed their needs when they come into hospital as an outpatient.  I identified further therapy input, re-ablement/care and equipment for discharge to maximise their independence. I also identified the need for a community Occupational Therapist to assess long term requirements. 

I left Broomfield Hospital in April 2016 but I remained on a bank contract with them until November 2016 working in the accident and emergency department and medical assessment unit.  Between June 2016 and January 2018, I worked for the OT practice.  I undertook occasional work as a private Occupational Therapist. The clients I was involved with had a range of physical difficulties. 

In July 2017, I returned to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, on a bank contract, to undertake occasional work. The clients that I work with have a wide range of physical difficulties arising from illness and injury. I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.

Professional Affiliations
British Association of Occupational Therapists

Professional Education
2001 BSc (hons) Occupational Therapy, Coventry University