Coverage: London, South East & Northern Home Counties
Cordula qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. After gaining clinical experience as a rotational Band 5 therapist, Cordula completed a MSc in Neurorehabilitation with distinction in 2011. Cordula has extensive clinical experience within the field of neurorehabilitation including brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex disability management, neuro-oncology and amputation. As a Case Manager, Cordula works with clients affected by life changing events, such as brain injury, complex physical trauma and spinal cord injury. Cordula adopts a client centred, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to aid clients in achieving maximum function, independence and quality of life.
Cordula is passionate about neurorehabilitation, having specialised within this field early on in her career. Within the last 10 years, Cordula has gained specialist clinical skills in assessing, treating and managing clients with a variety of neurological conditions, in a range of settings and age groups.
In her role as Team Lead at the Robertson Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit, Cordula managed a multi-disciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Rehabilitation Assistants and Speech and Language Therapists. This involved the day to day running of the team, staff recruitment (permanent and locum staff), chairing meetings, complaint management, coordinating admissions to the unit, service development and guiding the team through the process of stepping up from a 12-bedded to a 20-bedded unit. Besides her managerial duties, Cordula carried a complex caseload providing specialist assessment and intensive rehabilitation for clients who sustained a neurological event, including capacity assessments and complex discharge planning. Cordula draws on these valuable skills in her role as a Case Manager when assessing client’s immediate needs, as well as setting up and managing a client’s therapy and care/support team.
In her role at The Wellington Hospital, Cordula gained valuable specialist skills in the assessment and management of clients who suffer from Disorders of Consciousness (Vegetative State or Minimally Conscious State) following severe brain injury. This included assessment of awareness and emergence, complex 24-hour posture management, provision of specialist custom seating solutions, complex spasticity and tone management, sensory stimulation and desensitisation programmes, complex community risk assessments for clients with a tracheostomy, the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids, providing education and emotional support for families and complex discharge planning for UK and international clients.
Cordula is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT), Specialist Section Neurology Practice (SSNP), associate member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and a member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).
Throughout her career, Cordula has been committed to maintaining her continued professional development through attendance of a wide variety of courses but also by presenting at an SSNP study day and evening event, in-service training and service development.