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 37 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 20 years' clinical occupational therapy experience.

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Alison Conroy | Cumbria

Jane Hill | Birmingham

Jane Vadher | Warwickshire

Jane Vadher

An HCPC registered occupational therapist with more than 25 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

Joanna Cartwright

I am an independent occupational therapist (OT) and case manager with eighteen years’ experience specializing in vocational rehabilitation, community rehabilitation and multidisciplinary service provision for adults.

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Joanne Kennedy | Surrey

Joanne Kennedy

Joanne Kennedy is occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked in a variety of rehabilitation and hospital based settings, as well as within the public, private and insurance sectors.

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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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Lisa Harrison | Staffordshire

Lisa Harrison

I am an independent Occupational Therapist (OT) and case manager and I qualified as an OT 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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Lise Satherley | Merseyside

Lise Satherley

I am an independent occupational therapist and case manager with more than twenty years experience of providing rehabilitation in statutory and independent sectors. My expertise includes neurological conditions, (including acquired brain injury - ABI), complex orthopaedic injuries, hand injuries, psychological sequela of trauma and vocational rehabilitation.

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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.

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Rachel Relf | Lancashire

Rachel Relf

An experienced and dynamic occupational therapist with over 24 years’ clinical experience specialising in physical health, with a particular interest in major trauma and other musculoskeletal conditions, and hand/upper limb injuries. Rachel has advanced clinical reasoning and objective assessment skills, enabling her to devise individual treatment plans to deliver high quality care. She is an engaging, motivating, enthusiastic and organised individual who encourages a team approach to get the best for her clients, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Rachel has excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a wide range of people and organisations.

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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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Rachel Swains | Shropshire

Rachel Swains

As an OT, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings since I qualified in 2000 but predominantly have focused on rehabilitation and neurology in both statutory and private settings.

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Rachel Wilson | North Yorkshire

Rachel Wilson

I am an independent occupational therapist and case manager based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. I have experience of in-depth assessments of adults and the elderly with physical disabilities and long-term conditions. My experience includes assessment, rehabilitation, education, and the planning and coordination of present and future care, equipment, transport and accommodation needs in hospital and community settings, including in the workplace. Conditions I treat include: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis with varying joint dysfunction; orthopaedic conditions such as complex fractures, amputation through trauma, elective hip and knee replacements; stroke; long-term conditions such as circulatory and respiratory conditions, diabetes, dementia, sensory impairment;  neurological conditions including minor head injury, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multi-system atrophy, multiple sclerosis; chronic pain; and conditions associated with aging such as reduced mobility and functional ability, and falls.

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Sarah Iceton | Essex

Sarah Iceton

HCPC registered occupational therapist with 24 years' experience working with the NHS, local authorities, private healthcare and the independent sector.

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Sarah Smith | Yorkshire

Sarah Smith

A qualified and professional occupational therapist and case manager with 19 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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Sarah Wilson | Co. Antrim

Sarah Wilson

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 I have worked in both acute and community settings as an employee within the NHS.

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Susan Lewis | Belfast

Wilma Pretorius | Cambridgeshire

Wilma Pretorius

I have over 20 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 30 years’ experience working with children and adults in a variety of NHS in/out patient, community-based and independent roles.

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Catherine Brough | Nottinghamshire

Catherine Brough

I am independent occupational therapist and case manager based in Carlton, Nottinghamshire and work with clients across the lifespan, providing both direct therapy and case management services. I have been delivering client-centred rehabilitation services for nearly eighteen years spanning public, private and non-government services in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Catherine Manley | Kent

Dannielle Robins | North Humberside

Dannielle Robins

HCPC registered independent occupational therapist with a specialist interest in physical rehabilitation. Over 10 years experience working with individuals of all ages with a wide range of conditions and injuries, including: orthopaedic injuries, brain injuries and neurological conditions.

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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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Ella Tyson | Co. Durham

Helene Boonin | Yorkshire

Helene Boonin

I am an independent occupational therapist and case manager with over thirty years’ experience across the statutory and independent sector. I specialise in working with people predominantly with physical disabilities and I have specific expertise with upper limb conditions. I have extensive experience working with both adults and children who have experienced trauma resulting in orthopaedic injuries, amputations, brachial plexus injury and work related injuries. My case load is varied and referrals are received from a variety of sources including rehabilitation companies, solicitors, employers, insurance companies and medical consultants.

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