Coverage: London & the South East of England
Laura qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 from the University of Brighton with an MSc in Health through Occupation. Laura has developed a diverse range of skills working across a number of settings, having worked as a senior neuro-focused occupational therapist in the NHS and for a leading national brain injury charity. Laura’s specialist experience includes neurological and brain injury rehabilitation, community and inpatient therapy, community paediatrics and complex elderly care. As a Case Manager, Laura works with both adult and paediatric clients, who have sustained neurological and complex physical injuries.
Laura is passionate about neurology and neuro rehabilitation having chosen to specialise in this area in her previous roles, she has worked across all levels of the neuro-rehabilitation pathway. This has provided Laura with a deep understanding of the journey after brain injury that individuals and their families are on, from the early inpatient days to many years after their index injury.
After gaining a range of skills and experience in junior rotations Laura has continued to develop a diverse range of skills in both inpatient and community settings in London. Working closely with individuals and their families to set meaningful, client centred goals and carry out treatment plans. Working on the Stroke Unit and the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) in the Homerton Hospital, Laura developed skills in intensive functional and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as complex discharge planning. Laura has been instrumental in setting up care and support packages, taking into consideration the person and their family’s desires and needs. She has made recommendations for specialist equipment to support independence and increase quality of life and has, alongside physiotherapists and specialist seating and wheelchair companies, set up 24-hour postural management plans. She has also undertaken manual handling risk assessments and has experience in training family and care staff on safe manual handling. Laura utilises the many skills she has amassed in her role as a Case Manager when making recommendations and forming treatment plans.
Laura has played a major role in setting up a specialist acquired brain injury community rehabilitation service in a North London borough. There she carries out triaging of all referrals and holistic assessments, referring to other members of the multidisciplinary team as required. She has built strong relationships with local organisations and statutory services, linking in clients with community organisations and ensuring they have the correct support to achieve their long-term goals.
Laura also plays a key role in a brain injury day service, run by Headway East London, where individuals who have sustained a brain injury attend from across 13 London boroughs. Laura works alongside the wider team providing consultancy style advice and training around cognition, insight and awareness, motivational interviewing and manual handling. Laura refers to local statutory services where available and has worked with individual members who have little access to occupational therapy through their own local services, carrying out cognitive assessments and working on returning to driving and work. Laura co-facilitates a memory group with one of the day service members and has run upper limb groups.
In her role in paediatrics Laura made recommendations and saw through major adaptations to housing to meet the needs of children with profound and multiple disabilities. Laura also developed relationships with equipment providers and has experience in setting up trials for specialised seating, beds, manual handling and bathing equipment.
Laura has experience in completing functional and cognitive assessment as well as assessment around capacity and best interest. She sets person-centred goals with all her clients, and has a strong understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, safeguarding principles, and the ability to formulate risk assessments.
Laura is passionate about providing person centred assessment and treatment in her practice, and successfully works together with people from all backgrounds, tailoring her approach accordingly. Laura also has a special interest in researching the lived experience of brain injury, and has carried out ethnographic research in this field as part of an Msc in Social Anthropology.
Laura is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT) and the Specialist Section of Neurological Practice (SSNP). Laura is also a member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM). She is committed to maintaining her continued professional development through attendance at courses and participation in service development.