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.  My main area of expertise is lower limb amputation. I also have a great deal of experience of assessing and treating individuals with all types of abdominal surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedics and elderly care.  

I worked in many clinical areas at Addenbrookes Hospital, including care of the elderly, stroke, surgery, rheumatology, medicine and paediatrics between 2001 and 2006. In 2006 until 2012, I mainly 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 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 left Addenbrookes Hospital and started working in the surgical team for Mid Essex Hospital Trust at Broomfield hospital mainly assessing and treating individuals following lower limb amputation, colorectal surgery, urinary surgery and occasionally individuals with respiratory conditions. I worked approximately one day a month at a weekend 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, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinsons, diabetes, arthritis, a history of falls, visual and hearing impairments, that all impacted on function as well as the acute condition. Initially at Broomfield Hospital 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 again (unilateral and bilateral). For most of the patients I have assessed their home environment in the form of either an access visit, or with the individual present for a home visit looking at all activities of daily living.  I have assessed and requested suitable self propelling wheelchairs and pressure relieving cushions. On occasion, I completed a follow up home visit post discharge or assessed their needs when they come into hospital to attend the amputee class as an outpatient.  I identified needs including further therapy input, re-ablement/care and equipment for discharge on these visits 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 the medical assessment unit.  In June 2016, I joined The OT practice undertaking occasional work as a private Occupational Therapist. The clients I am involved with have a range of physical difficulties. 

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