Beth Cordrey is an occupational therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council who has extensive experience working with people who have sustained severe and multiple traumatic injuries. Beth qualified as an occupational therapist from Coventry University in 1999 and was awarded a post-graduate certificate in occupational therapy in 2011.
Following qualification, Beth undertook a general rotational post spanning both physical and mental health settings before spending a year working in a specialist hand therapy team at St George’s Hospital in London. Here she learnt how to assess and treat a range of hand injuries and conditions, including the design and fabrication of orthoses. During this time, Beth achieved her British Association of Hand Therapists level one certificate.
In 2001, Beth moved to the Royal London Hospital, initially working as a senior occupational therapist in the field of trauma and orthopaedics. She was promoted to lead the acute amputee occupational therapy team before a further promotion led her to the role of clinical specialist in major trauma. Beth was able to further develop her skills in the acute management of those with severe injuries, including brain, spinal cord and complex musculoskeletal injuries, to become a recognised expert in the field. In these posts, Beth also provided outreach services into the community, delivering rehabilitation and providing assistive equipment and environmental adaptations. In 2005, The Royal London Hospital opened the capital’s first dedicated trauma ward and Beth was an integral part of this, promoting the importance of early and coordinated rehabilitation, and designing and delivering occupational therapy services to effectively meet the needs of this patient group. In 2008, Beth undertook a secondment to NHS London working with the team responsible for developing a pan-London trauma system, to help develop a strategy for the rehabilitation and discharge management of people who have sustained serious injury. Beth was invited back in 2009 to further develop the strategy and was subsequently seconded to the Department of Health’s Regional Trauma Networks Programme to undertake similar work with a national focus.
Beth joined Harrison Associates in 2011 to work as both an expert witness and case manager. Since this time, Beth has gained considerable experience in all aspects of the medico-legal process. In 2018, Beth was appointed to the role of Clinical Manager for the Expert Witness Service. Beth is involved in overseeing and delivering the training, supervision and mentoring of associates as well as contributing to the strategic and operational management of the service. She continues to assess clients and provide care and occupational therapy reports as an expert witness and holds a small case management caseload.
Beth is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and is actively involved with the College of Occupational Therapists’ Specialist Sections, previously as the national chair for the trauma and orthopaedics group and more recently as chair of the Medico-Legal Forum.
In all of her roles, it has been necessary for Beth to have a high level of understanding about the needs of, and services available to people with complex injuries. It has also been necessary to have advanced written and verbal communication skills in order to provide information concisely and with clarity. She has also gained experience of presenting at a variety of conferences and seminars. Beth has undertaken training in the revised Civil Procedures Rules and is committed to furthering her professional development through a wide range of activities.