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 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, since when I have specialised in the field of neurology and rehabilitation. I have worked in the UK since 2006 and have experience in a variety of settings ranging from acute hospital, specialist inpatient and community-based rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and specialist case management. I am currently working as a specialist neuro-Occupational Therapist in private practice, with a focus on cognitive and vocational rehabilitation.
I have specialist skills in rehabilitation with people who have a range of neurological conditions, with particular experience in working with young adult clientele with complex needs, who require a particularly sensitive approach to addressing life roles and vocation. I undertake assessment and rehabilitation for cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments, working both autonomously and collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams. I am also skilled in prescription of appropriate adaptive aids and equipment, including specialist wheelchairs, pressure care and technological aids/apps.
I am experienced in critically evaluating clients’ rehabilitation potential and providing recommendations accordingly. Through my varied work experience, I have gained extensive knowledge of service structures within the NHS, social care and private sector, and understand how to utilise these effectively to achieve the best outcome. I am a collaborator and a holistic thinker, considering the bigger picture in a person’s rehabilitation journey. I have chaired a pan-London Neuro Navigators group and was selected to represent Community Rehabilitation for the London Neurosciences Strategic Network, focusing on integration of neurological care and the development of standards.
In addition I also undertake medico legal work for Somek and Associates. 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.
2001 BA (Hons) Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia