Carolyn is an occupational therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Since completing her training in 1992 she has worked in a variety of health and social care settings.
Following qualification, Carolyn worked on a rehabilitation and respite unit at Bishop’s Stortford Hospital, where she developed an interest in neurology. In 1995 she took the role of senior occupational therapist on a rehabilitation ward in Romford, where she was responsible for assessment, treatment and evaluation of services on the ward and in the community. Here she became an expert on client centred goal setting and treatment, carrying out research using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, which was subsequently published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
In 1997 Carolyn became Head Occupational Therapist of a 24-bed neuro-rehabilitation ward at the Royal Berkshire and Battle NHS Trust in Reading. Here she further developed her clinical expertise in acquired brain injury, assessing and treating people experiencing a wide range of difficulties, from those with high level executive functioning problems, to those with a diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State (PVS). She also gained managerial expertise, having responsibility for 11 staff, and reviewing and developing the service alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
In 2001 Carolyn gained the position of Head Occupational Therapist at Farnham Community Hospital, where she was responsible for three rehabilitation wards and a day hospital. Here she worked with people following orthopaedic and neurological injury, as well as continuing to develop her managerial skills, which expanded to include budgetary responsibility.
In 2005 Carolyn was approached to set up and develop an occupational therapy role for the Guildford and Waverley Home Care Service. This involved completing functional assessments, setting goals, liaising with care staff regarding treatment techniques, training of care staff, providing equipment, and advising on care needs for the clients.
Carolyn then transferred in 2008 to the Waverley Social Care Team, where she assessed for and provided equipment, made recommendations for housing adaptations under the Disabled Facilities Grant, completed manual handling assessments and carer assessments, and set up care packages for people with a wide range of medical conditions.
Carolyn works for Harrison Associates as a case manager and expert witness. She maintains her continuing professional development and attends training opportunities with Harrison Associates. In addition, Carolyn has taken on a supervisory role for Harrison Associates, mentoring new associates to the company. Carolyn is trained in the “Assessment of Motor and Process Skills“ (AMPS). She is trained in the Civil Procedure Rules and obligations under Part 35. Carolyn is a member of CMSUK and BABICM.
Ref: “The Use of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure for the Assessment of Outcome on a Neurorehabilitation Unit” Carolyn Bodiam, British Journal of Occupational Therapy. March 1999.