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.

Helene Boonin | West Yorkshire

Helene Boonin

Helene is a highly skilled independent occupational therapist and case manager with over thirty-eight years of experience across the statutory and independent sector.

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Joanna Cartwright | Cornwall

Joanna Cartwright

A highly skilled and experienced independent occupational therapist and case manager, Joanna has over 18 years’ experience in this field.

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Clare Chiwandire | Cambridgeshire

Clare Chiwandire

A highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, Clare specialises in the case management of adults and adolescents following major catastrophic injuries including brain injury, polytrauma, neurological and peripheral nerve impairments, amputations and psychological challenges.

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Alison Conroy | Cumbria

Alison Conroy

A highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, Alison specialises in working with adults, adolescents and children with significant and life-changing injuries. This includes brain injury, multiple orthopaedic injuries and psychological trauma.

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Hayley Green | Midlands

Hayley Green

Hayley is a very experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, specialising in the care of clients with neurological impairments including stroke, traumatic brain injury, poly trauma and those experiencing psychological difficulties and living with long-term conditions.

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Caroline Gregory | Glasgow

Caroline Gregory

Caroline is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, specialising in rehabilitation case management following complex trauma including catastrophic injury / polytrauma, amputation, acquired brain injury, peripheral nerve injury and psychological challenges.

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Lisa Harrison | Staffordshire

Lisa Harrison

A highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist, Lisa specialises in the case management of adults following major catastrophic injuries including polytrauma, brain and spinal injuries.

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Deborah Hathaway | Staffordshire

Deborah Hathaway

Deborah has more than 25 years of clinical occupational therapy experience.

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Clare Hopkins | Cambridgeshire

Clare Hopkins

A founding director of Independence Works Ltd, Clare is an extremely experienced and highly skilled case manager and occupational therapist. She specialises in working with clients who have suffered severe and complex injuries including acquired brain injury, amputations and complex orthopaedic injuries.

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Nicola Johnson | South Yorkshire

Nicola Johnson

A highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and rehabilitation case manager, Nicola has a wealth of experience across the NHS and private sector. She takes on a wide variety of clients including those with complex multiple musculo-skeletal / orthopaedic injuries, neurological injuries (including mild brain injuries), pain, chronic headache and those experiencing the psychological effects of traumatic injury.

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Philippa Kennedy | Wiltshire

Philippa Kennedy

Philippa is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager with nearly 30 years of experience working in the field of rehabilitation and case management within the statutory, private, insurance and commercial sectors.

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Joanne Kennedy | Surrey

Joanne Kennedy

Joanne is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager with over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of rehabilitation and case management within the statutory, private, insurance and commercial sectors.

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Susan Lewis | Belfast

Susan Lewis

Based in Belfast, Susan is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, specialising in the rehabilitation of clients following complex orthopaedic injuries. She works with both children and adults to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Catherine Manley | Kent

Catherine Manley

A highly experienced occupational therapist and case manager, Catherine specialises in rehabilitation case management following complex trauma with a particular interest in amputation, multiple orthopaedic trauma, upper limb and peripheral  nerve injury, mild traumatic brain injury and neuropsychological conditions.

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Zoe Panter | Devon

Zoe Panter

A highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, Zoe specialises in the case management of adults and children following major catastrophic injuries including polytrauma, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and psychological and behavioural challenges.

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Ansu Pienaar | Cambridgeshire

Ansu Pienaar

Ansu is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, with more than 20 years’ experience in supporting clients with a wide range of challenges. Her case management experience includes rehabilitation of children and adults with orthopaedic and traumatic brain injuries.

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Wilma Pretorius | Cambridgeshire

Wilma Pretorius

Wilma is a highly experienced and skilled occupational therapist and case manager, with more than 30 years’ experience in working with a wide range of injuries.

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Rachel Relf | Lancashire

Rachel Relf

A highly experienced and dynamic case manager and occupational therapist with over 27 years’ clinical experience, Rachel specialises in physical health, with a particular interest in catastrophic injuries including major/poly trauma, hand/upper limb injuries, spinal injuries, amputations and psychological disorders.

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Sandra Rogers | Wiltshire

Sandra Rogers

A founding director of Independence Works Ltd, Sandra is an extremely experienced and highly skilled case manager and occupational therapist. Her main focus is on major trauma, life- changing injuries such as spinal injuries, amputees and acquired brain injuries.

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Catherine Scott | Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Catherine Scott

A highly experienced and skilled case manager and occupational therapist, Catherine has over 25 years of experience across the statutory and independent sector.

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Kerry Sims | Mid Wales

Kerry Sims

Kerry is a highly experienced occupational therapist and case manager, providing rehabilitation for individuals following injury. Her 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

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

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Marisol Stoneham | West Yorkshire

Marisol Stoneham

Marisol is a highly skilled and experienced occupational therapist and case manager who has worked extensively in both private and statutory settings.

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Rachel Swains | Shropshire

Rachel Swains

A highly skilled independent occupational therapist and case manager with over 20 years’ experience, Rachel specialises in the case management of adults following catastrophic and complex injury.

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Sarah Thompson | Somerset

Sarah Thompson

Sarah is a highly skilled and experienced case manager and occupational therapist who has worked extensively in both private and statutory settings in England, Australia and New Zealand.

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Jane Vadher | Warwickshire

Jane Vadher

A highly experienced occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings: as an independent practitioner, in the NHS, community and private practice.

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Sarah Wilson | Co. Antrim, Belfast

Sarah Wilson

Sarah is an experienced case manager and occupational therapist, qualifying with a BSc (Hons) OT in 1998.

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