Anna Osborne is an occupational therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has many years of clinical, managerial and educational experience in both Australia and the UK and has specialist skills in the rehabilitation of clients with complex brain injury and other neurological conditions. After completing her degree at The University of Sydney in 1997, Anna had experience working in stroke rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopaedics, hand therapy, ITU and general medicine, children’s disabilities, elderly care, spinal, brain injury and neurological rehabilitation services.
Anna moved to the UK in 1999 and has worked in a variety of organisations including the NHS, Social Services, charities and the private sector throughout the country, including London, Manchester and Scotland. Anna settled in Kent in 2001 and worked for 9 years for East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, initially as Senior Occupational Therapist for inpatient stroke rehabilitation services and later as a Clinical Specialist in neurology for the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. She gained extensive experience in the assessment and rehabilitation of clients suffering moderate to severe brain injuries, stroke, spinal injury, PVS, and progressive neurological conditions, including neuro-oncology. Many patients had multiple co-pathologies including orthopaedic injuries and amputations.
In 2002 Anna undertook a four year secondment in a joint Senior Lecturer/Practitioner post between Canterbury Christ Church University and the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. She taught under and post-graduate degree courses in occupational therapy, specialising in biology, physiology, neurology and neurological rehabilitation. During this time she also studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Anna has also presented at regional and national conferences on topics related to brain injury and neurological rehabilitation.
Since 2005 Anna has provided independent occupational therapy for clients requiring ongoing neurological rehabilitation. This involves direct work with clients, their families and support workers, as well close liaison with case managers and other professionals.
Between 2010 and 2017, Anna worked at Hothfield Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre as Head of Occupational Therapy. Her role included both managerial and clinical components. Being part of the senior leadership team Anna was responsible for the delivery of a high quality and cost effective rehabilitation service for clients who had suffered severe and catastrophic brain injuries presenting with complex cognitive, behavioural and physical disabilities, including clients with profound disorders of consciousness. A significant aspect of her role involved case management tasks, including assessment and identification of clients’ needs, making appropriate future recommendations for ongoing care and specialist equipment, coordinating rehabilitation programmes and transitional living, educating family and support workers, conducting regular reviews, best interest and discharge planning meetings and liaison with commissioners, and other community and social services.
Anna is a member of the College of OT Specialist Sections – Neurological Practice (COTSS-NP) and Independent Practice (COTSS-IP) and Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN). She is dedicated to continuous professional development and has specialist training in safeguarding vulnerable adults, mental capacity assessment, conflict resolution, moving and handling, and complex posture and seating issues. Anna joined Harrison Associates as a case manager and expert witness and is trained in the revised Civil Procedure Rules.