Meet the team

Independence Works is a network of highly experienced independent occupational therapists/case managers who specialise in the rehabilitation of people following serious injuries.

We all have a minimum of 8-10 years post-qualification practice experience and an average of ten years case management experience.

Catastrophic injuries team

We work with clients who have had life changing injuries such as acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, or other severe orthopaedic injuries. Where needed our input may extend beyond initial rehabilitation to include longer term adjustments such as arranging care/support or housing adaptations. We are very familiar with mental health matters and the need for psychological adjustment following a severe injury.

Vocational rehabilitation team

Our occupational therapists/case managers are spread throughout the UK from Northern Ireland to West Wales and Scotland. We have a wide variety of skills and experience in helping clients recover and return to work after an injury which we share within our panel to get the best rehabilitation possible for our clients.

Clare Chiwandire | Cambridgeshire

Clare Chiwandire

An independent occupational therapist and case manager with over twenty five years of experience in rehabilitation.  My current area of practice centres on assessment, rehabilitation and case management for clients following brain injury and complex traumatic injuries, including severe orthopaedic injury, hand injuries and amputation.  In addition to adult cases I have experience working with adolescents, families and multi-party accidents.   I have been working as an independent Case Manager for more than 9 years.  My experience spans acute and community settings; working in both the statutory and private sectors.  I am confident working within the insurance and medico-legal sectors for claimant, defence or under joint instruction and regularly undertake expert witness work regarding care and rehabilitation needs.

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Clare Hopkins | Cambridgeshire

Clare Hopkins

HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with over 35 years’ employment within the statutory, educational and independent sectors, working with people with a wide range of physical disabilities and associated psychological conditions. Extensive casework, management, organisational and supervisory experience.

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Sandra Rogers | Wiltshire

Sandra Rogers

I have been in independent practice as an occupational therapist and case manager since 2000, with more than 22 years' clinical occupational therapy experience.

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Tracey Adams | Kent

Derek Bains | London

Derek Bains

An occupational therapist with ten years of rehabilitation experience across various clinical settings. I have focused my practice towards working with individuals recovering from catastrophic injuries and traumatic brain injury, with particular interest in return to work planning. As an independent occupational therapist, I complete functional assessments, provide rehabilitation, and operate as a case manager.

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Helene Boonin | West Yorkshire

Joanna Cartwright | Cornwall

Alison Conroy | Cumbria

Alison Conroy

I am a HCPC registered occupational therapist and case manager with over 13 years’ experience in rehabilitation. As an independent case manager my scope of practice covers providing input and support for clients with a range of injuries, including brain injury, complex orthopaedic injury, and partial spinal cord injury. I work with adults, adolescents and children with significant and life changing injuries, working in conjunction with statutory health and social services, the private sector, education and employment.

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Hayley Green | Midlands

Hayley Green

With over 16 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist and over 9 years in the independent / private sector, I have worked within a variety of clinical specialities including trauma and orthopaedics, neurology, stroke services and brain injury rehabilitation. I have practised in services across acute health, in-patient rehabilitation, within the community and progressed into NHS leadership prior to my move to independent practice.

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Caroline Gregory | Glasgow

Caroline Gregory

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist over 25 years ago, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings as well as working within public, private and insurance organisations both in the UK and abroad.

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Lisa Harrison | Staffordshire

Lisa Harrison

I am an independent Occupational Therapist (OT) and case manager and I qualified in 1996. I specialise in vocational rehabilitation, case management and complex neurological rehabilitation; this includes home and workplace assessments, identification and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, OT treatment and provision of adaptive equipment.

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Deborah Hathaway | Staffordshire

Deborah Hathaway

I am an independent Occupational Therapist and Case Manager with more than 20 years’ clinical Occupational Therapy experience. I specialise in working with clients with physical disabilities, particularly those with hand and upper limb trauma, I also have extensive experience in the rehabilitation of individuals of all ages following complex orthopaedic injuries, including amputations and general medical conditions together with associated psychological effects.

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Nicola Johnson | South Yorkshire

Nicola Johnson

I am a highly experienced occupational therapist with a varied career in adult physical disability, housing, social care and medico-legal practice. I have worked in independent practice since 2013 and have over 16 years’ clinical occupational therapy experience.

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Philippa Kennedy | South West

Philippa Kennedy

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I have held a variety of positions but essentially since 1994 I have specialised in the field of work assessment, ergonomics, rehabilitation and rehabilitation case management in South Africa, the USA and the UK.

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Joanne Kennedy | Surrey

Joanne Kennedy

I am an occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience. I have worked in a variety of rehabilitation and hospital-based settings, as well as within the public, private and insurance sectors.

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Susan Lewis | Belfast

Catherine Manley | Kent

Catherine Manley

Highly experienced occupational therapist and case manager specialising in rehabilitation following complex trauma; including amputee rehab, multiple trauma, peripheral nerve injury, mild traumatic brain injury.

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Zoe Panter | Devon

Zoe Panter

I am an occupational therapist (OT) with over 30 years’ clinical experience working with children and adults in a variety of NHS in/out patient, community based and independent roles.

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Ansu Pienaar | Cambridgeshire

Ansu Pienaar

I have 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist. I am currently working as a case manager and independent occupational therapist within the personal injury sector. I have worked with both adults and children with a wide variety of clinical conditions including neurological impairment, orthopaedic injuries, pain management, hand injuries, amputees, traumatic brain injury and PTSD. I have experience within NHS acute and community services, education, mental health and children’s services. This has honed my skills of working closely with other professionals and using goal orientated intervention to work in partnership with clients and families, and enable them to achieve successful and meaningful changes.

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Wilma Pretorius | Cambridgeshire

Wilma Pretorius

I have over 30 years' continuous experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, including hospital, community, insurance industry and vocational rehabilitation.

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Rachel Relf | Lancashire

Rachel Relf

An experienced and dynamic occupational therapist with over 25 years’ clinical experience specialising in physical health, with a particular interest in major trauma and hand/upper limb injuries. My experience includes amputations, spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, and working with the complex psychological effects of trauma. I haves advanced clinical reasoning and  assessment skills, enabling me to devise bespoke treatment plans that deliver high quality rehabilitation, working across the private and statutory sectors. I am confident coordinating input and liaising with health professions, families, employers. solicitors and insurers alike.

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Catherine Scott | Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Kerry Sims | Mid Wales

Kerry Sims

An occupational therapist and case manager, highly experienced in providing rehabilitation for individuals following injury. Clinical specialisms include upper limb injury, amputation, complex poly trauma, complex regional pain syndrome and neurological conditions necessitating comprehensive rehabilitation input.

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Sarah Smith | North Yorkshire

Sarah Smith

A qualified and professional occupational therapist and case manager with over 20 years’ experience gained in the NHS, social services and charitable sector in the UK and New Zealand. My extensive clinical experience includes working with clients who have acquired brain injury, spinal injury, visual impairment, multiple orthopaedic injuries and amputations.

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Marisol Stoneham | West Yorkshire

Marisol Stoneham

I am a highly skilled occupational therapist and case manager with experience of working in private and statutory settings. I have a history of achieving positive rehabilitation outcomes for clients following injury and illness. I qualified as an occupational therapist in 2008 and worked for the NHS in several different settings until 2017. I then began working as a case manager and independent occupational therapist.

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Rachel Swains | Shropshire

Sarah Thompson | Somerset

Ella Tyson | Co. Durham

Jane Vadher | Warwickshire

Jane Vadher

An HCPC registered occupational therapist with more than 26 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical settings: as an independent practitioner, in the NHS, community and private practice. I utilise my skills and knowledge within my role as a rehabilitation case manager, as well as continuing an active clinical hand therapy role.

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Sarah Wilson | Co. Antrim

Sarah Wilson

I have been in independent practice as an Occupational Therapist since 2005 and a Case Manager since 2014 with more than 20 years' clinical Occupational Therapy experience.

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