Coverage: South East England
Rachel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. After completing her foundation years at a large, teaching hospital in Australia she moved to the United Kingdom in 2011. Rachel has developed a diverse range of skills working across a number of settings; from hospital emergency departments, to rehabilitation units, and into the community. She has worked within a variety of clinical specialities, including hand therapy, complex trauma, acute medical and surgical, and across the neurological and neurosurgical spectrum, including spinal cord injury. As a Case Manager, Rachel manages clients who have sustained a wide range of catastrophic injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and complex physical and psychological trauma.
Rachel is passionate about neurology and neuro rehabilitation and has specialised in this area. She has worked across all levels of the neuro-rehabilitation pathway from acute hospital to the community, and spent two years working at level one intensive neuro rehabilitation units in London. This developed her skills in complex case management and discharge planning, as well as working closely with individuals and their families to set meaningful, client centred goals and carry out treatment plans.
In her community neuro rehabilitation role, Rachel extended her scope of practice as a neuro navigator for the local borough. This involved ensuring patient flow through the neuro pathway and supporting the various teams involved in this process by making appropriate recommendations, assisting with complex documentation and funding grants, and ensuring timely planning and care coordination.
Rachel has experience in completing functional and cognitive assessment as well as assessment around capacity and best interest. She has a strong understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, safeguarding principles (adults) and the ability to formulate risk assessments.
Based on her extensive and varied experience, Rachel has a strong understanding of the various tertiary and local services available in greater London and beyond, and is able to make recommendations for ongoing care and rehabilitation needs and how these are best met. She has experience in advising on specialist equipment, such as postural management and manual handling equipment and home modifications. These skills are useful in her role as a Case Manager when making recommendations and forming treatment plans.
Rachel is passionate about providing a person-centred approach in her practice and uses the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance as her framework when meeting with clients and their families, in order to provide a holistic approach.
Rachel is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Australian Health Practitioner’s Association (AHPRA). She is also a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT) and the Specialist Section of Neurological Practice (SSNP) where she sits on the board of her local committee. Rachel 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.