Sarah qualified as an occupational therapist in 1997 and has worked as a case manager for clients following catastrophic injury including acquired brain injury and orthopaedic injuries since 2004.
As an occupational therapist, she worked in hospitals and in the community within England, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked in a wide range of clinical areas including orthopaedics, general medicine, amputees, renal, neurology, general medicine and chronic pain, but has spent the majority of her career in community based brain injury rehabilitation. She has a special interest in vocational rehabilitation.
Sarah has worked in private practice as a case manager for Westcountry Case Management since 2012. She also works part time as an occupational therapist.
Her case management role includes client centred assessment to identify the needs and goals, then formulation of an action plan to support the client achieve maximum potential in his or her chosen tasks and daily activities. Sarah works closely with the client, family and anybody identified in the treatment plan such as health professionals, support teams, employers, teachers, gym instructors, builders, architects, equipment suppliers, to ensure treatment is co-ordinated, timely and effective.
- Experience of considering each client’s unique circumstances and the psychological, cognitive, physical and social impact of trauma on their function and quality of life.
- Ability to work with clients to identify their needs and to support them in achieving their goals within their own environment. This could include their home, the local community, work place or leisure facilities.
- Communication with clients, their families, funders and relevant professionals, such as teachers and agencies to ensure the treatment plan is appropriate, co-ordinated, effective and timely.
- Written and verbal communication with insurers, solicitors, deputies and relevant agencies to arrange and justify funding.
- Experience of recruiting, supervising and monitoring support workers and care teams.
- Facilitating access to any necessary housing adaptations and equipment.
Professional Affiliations & Additional Qualifications
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section Independent Practice