Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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DipCOT, MSc Education for Primary Health
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Ulster in 1986 and have worked largely in the field of physical disability, but also in mental health and education. I specialise in community / intermediate care, care of the elderly and pain management and have extensive experience as a Senior Occupational Therapy Practitioner in these fields.
I am currently employed by the Pennine Care Foundation Trust as a Band 7 Occupational therapist and I work in a community rehabilitation team which provides a service to patients with wide ranging physical disabilities. These include the frail elderly who experience a loss of mobility and falls, post operative orthopaedic and amputee patients and those with both acute and long term health conditions. I also provide a service for palliative care patients and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I assess functional ability in the home, suitability of the home environment and the social and work situation. I identify rehabilitation needs including equipment and adaptations. I assess patients to identify their needs and refer to social services for the provision of equipment, minor or major adaptations and care packages. I have a preventative role with regard to falls and I also administer specialist cognitive assessments when impairment is identified.
Since joining Somek and Associates I have written medico-legal reports following instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
1995 Masters in Education for Primary Health Care
1986 Diploma in Occupational Therapy, University of Ulster