Joanne Boothroyd
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      • Occupational Therapist & Care Expert
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    Joanne Boothroyd

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert


    MSc, BSc (Hons)


    • Neurological conditions
    • Physical Disability including Orthopaedics
    • Loss of Service


    I qualified from The University of Liverpool in 2002 and have since worked in the field of physical disability. I have gained substantial experience in neurology, both within the NHS and independent practice. I also have obtained sound knowledge of other areas of medicine such as orthopaedics and trauma, elderly medicine and rheumatology and how these conditions impact on a person’s function.

    I have developed expertise in providing occupational therapy to highly complex clients with a variety of neurological illnesses or injuries including stroke and brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury, as well as progressive neurological conditions. These people often have other conditions and injuries which also contribute to their reduced function. I also have expertise in occupational therapy intervention with clients who have orthopaedic and trauma conditions including multiple fractures as well as hand and upper limb rehabilitation. I have significant experience of assessing clients within the home or work environment for rehabilitation, equipment, adaptations and care.

    I have worked solely in independent practice since 2018, where I provide occupational therapy intervention for clients with neurological and orthopaedic impairments.  I utilise  functional, cognitive, normal movement, psychological and compensatory approaches in my intervention, working towards treatment goals. I also work closely with case managers, support workers, carers and family to maximise outcomes within my role.

    I am enthusiastic in ensuring my knowledge is up to date and I am able to provide high quality, evidence-based services for my clients by completing regular post-graduate training and CPD. This includes peer support formal training activities. I also am a Trustee for a local charity providing day support for people with brain injuries.

    In addition, I undertake medico-legal assignments through Somek and Associates where I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers, to prepare Care and Occupational Therapy reports. 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. My medical legal casework has included Claimants with complex neurological, physical or psychological difficulties, frequently with complex pre-existing conditions. I have provided oral evidence in court.