Nikki qualified as an occupational therapist in 2005 and has spent the majority of her career working with children with neurological and developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, ABI, autism, and development delay. Nikki worked in the NHS, private and charitable sectors, providing one to one and group treatment, as well as home programmes. Nikki also has experience in advising for larger pieces of equipment in housing adaptions and sensory rooms. She has assisted with curriculum planning within a conductive education environment and has given advice for special educational needs statements, and education and healthcare plans.
Nikki has completed postgraduate training in sensory integration, postural management and upper limb splinting. In 2013 she completed her MSc in occupational therapy, studying modules in challenging behavior and neurorehabilitation.
In addition to her work as an occupational therapist, she has also worked as a carer and completed weekend respite care for a child with complex neurological difficulties.
Nikki currently works as a self-employed occupational therapist with her own small caseload of private patients. Nikki also conducts medico legal assessments and post-graduate training for neurological hand splinting and works with Westcountry Case Management as a case manager. She assesses for equipment and aids and has extensive knowledge of wheelchairs and seating systems, in particular, having managed a wheelchair service since 2012. Nikki is the co-editor of the sensory integration network monthly newsletter.
- Ability to work under pressure and think outside the box for problem solving.
- Effective working knowledge of a broad range of paediatric conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury and complex genetic conditions.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills – coordinating services and working with the family and relevant professionals.
- Experience in equipment assessment, including wheelchairs.
- Experience as an expert witness in the litigation process, assessing for, and advising the Court on complex care packages, equipment, transport and housing requirements.
- Excellent assessment and report writing skills.
- Extensive experience of working with statutory, private and voluntary agencies.
- Teaching experience to a postgraduate level.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Sensory Integration Network, UK and Ireland
- BABICM registered practitioner member