Nicola Lawson
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    Nicola Lawson

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications 

    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Trauma
    • Orthopaedics
    • Rheumatology
    • Hand Therapy

    Introduction

    I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 from the University of Teesside and have worked mainly in the clinical field of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Burns & Plastics. 

    I specialised in the assessment and treatment of clients with orthopaedic conditions ranging from elective orthopaedic surgery to complex trauma injuries including orthopaedic spinal injuries and severe burns.
        
    I have a particular interest in hand rehabilitation and worked as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist/Extended Scope Practitioner in Hand Rehabilitation, at a regional trauma unit in Middlesbrough. This role involved treating outpatients, fabricating bespoke splints (dynamic and static) and being involved in work based assessments.

    Between 2004 and 2013, I was responsible for the management of the Occupational Therapy department and Orthotics Services at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In this role I provided professional leadership and management to a team of twenty eight Occupational Therapists. I continued to maintain my clinical skills by accepting Occupational Therapy referrals for complex trauma & orthopaedic patients, and general medical & surgical patients. 

    I am currently an Independent Occupational Therapist. My role involves:
    · Associate Occupational Therapy Expert Witness Work for Somek & Associates.
    · Associate Case Manager for Unite Professionals.
    · Associate Occupational Therapist for The Occupational Therapy Practice.

    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 Education
    1997    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough