Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 and I specialise in adults with physical disabilities. I currently lead a team of occupational therapy staff within the acute hospital setting, covering all medical and surgical wards and regularly see a range of conditions including: cancer, dementia, chronic and acute respiratory and cardiology conditions, liver disease, vascular conditions, rheumatology and diabetes. My previous professional roles have provided me with experience of managing orthopaedic conditions and supporting people following traumatic injury.
I have also gained significant experience in assessing and implementing intervention regarding individuals’ activities of daily living, cognitive function, home environment and social circumstances in order to maintain or regain independence or access appropriate care, support and equipment. In 2018, I began working as an independent Occupational Therapist, completing social care assessments and advising local authorities on the implementation of care packages for elderly adults with physical disability and dementia.
I have a particular interest in working with individuals following lower limb amputation which has enabled me to work within both a therapeutic and a teaching role. I regularly work with individuals prior to and following lower limb amputations and work closely with other specialties, professions and services to support and advise practitioners in their acute, therapeutic management of individuals following lower limb amputation.
In addition to providing teaching and support relevant to amputation, I am also back care assessor and resuscitation instructor for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Throughout my clinical work, I strive to maintain high standards. I frequently pursue professional development opportunities and facilitate other clinicians to do so within my current place of work.
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 Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witness