Clare Cahill DipRCOT BSc(Hons)

clare-cahillClare is an occupational therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council who has extensive clinical experience working with clients with complex neurological conditions, particularly acquired brain injury. On qualifying in 1993 she worked for four years at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, gaining significant experience in rehabilitation for complex neuro-disability conditions. Clare worked on the specialist brain injury unit where she gained skills in assessing and treating minimally responsive clients using the SMART assessment.

Following this Clare broadened her experience by working on acute hospital wards. She worked as a senior member of an Intermediate Care Team where she gained experience of care packages and working with carers.

Clare joined the Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team in Hounslow in 2000 as a senior occupational therapist, further developing highly specialist skills in assessing, treating and managing clients with a wide range of neurological conditions. She specialised further in the field of acquired brain injury and she has extensive knowledge in assessing and treating this client group within their home and community environments, addressing their complex physical, psychological and cognitive needs. Clare has also worked with individuals and their families educating them on neurological conditions, as well as liaising with various professionals to ensure the needs of the individual are met.

Clare held the lead clinician post for the Community Neuro Rehab Team and was responsible for the development and implementation of treatment protocols and pathways for this service, including the development of practice pathway guidance for clients to facilitate a smooth transition from rehabilitation to home. She also provided advice on a consultative basis to other professionals and local agencies on issues of brain injury and the management of neurological conditions. Clare has completed functional needs assessments for the joint health and social services panel for clients with complex needs.

Clare has significant teaching experience and continues to provide training on brain injury and other neurological conditions to care agencies, other health professionals and voluntary agencies. She jointly developed a teaching package to improve the knowledge of local care agencies and social services staff in caring for and managing clients with complex neurological conditions.

Clare holds professional membership with the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section of Neurological Practice, and regularly attends the London Acquired Brain Injury Forum meetings. Clare regularly attends courses and forums to support her professional practice, including leadership and project management courses. In June 2013 Clare became involved with Headway West London. She is a committee member and provides clinical input to linkworkers.

Clare now works as an independent practitioner and undertakes private therapy. For Harrison Associates she acts as a case manager for clients with acquired brain injury and complex needs and also prepares expert witness reports for the Court covering occupational therapy, aids and equipment and/or care requirements as required. She regularly attends Harrison Associates training and development days, and has taken on a supervisory role for Harrison Associates, mentoring new associates to the company. She has been trained in the revised Civil Procedure Rules. Clare was a finalist for case manager of the year for the Rehabilitation First Awards 2013.