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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Kay Draper | Wiltshire

Kay Draper

Kay Draper was one of the founding directors of Independence Works.

Kay tragically passed away on 21st July 2016.

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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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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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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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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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Catherine Scott | Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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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Ella Tyson | Co. Durham

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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Helene Boonin | West Yorkshire

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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Joanna Cartwright | Cornwall

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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Julie Bennion | West Yorkshire

Julie Bennion

I am a HCPC registered occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience across a wide range of specialisms. I have worked exclusively within the field of vocational rehabilitation for the past 11 years. My current role involves the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals who are experiencing injuries following an accident, with the aim of supporting them to achieve their maximum levels of recovery and independence, and return to work goals.

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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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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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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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Rachel Swains | Shropshire

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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Sarah Smith | Yorkshire

Sarah Smith

A qualified and professional occupational therapist and case manager with over 20 years’ experience gained in the public and private healthcare sector in the UK and overseas. 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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Susan Lewis | Belfast

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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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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