I am delighted to be working with a group of other occupational therapy associates, who are able to support me with the increasing demand for occupational therapy services in the north of England.

All these associates are highly skilled and experienced occupational therapists, who I have worked with many times in the past in a broad range of different capacities. 

All independent occupational therapists working as associates of Rachel Wilson Occupational Therapy are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), are members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and actively engage in continuing their professional development.

At Rachel Wilson Occupational Therapy, we pride ourselves on the quality of both our work and our communication with all involved parties. All reports completed by associates are quality assured before being sent out to ensure they meet the standards expected from the company and its clients.

We strive to provide exceptional value and quality, and we have a strong work ethic relating to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Developing this team of associates has also optimised our peer network of support and development, helping us to share our knowledge, skill, expertise and best practise.

Please look at the profiles of our associates to see how we could help you with your occupational therapy needs:

  • Sally O’Connell
    Neuro-Occupational Therapist, Harrogate
  • Nicola Johnson
    Specialist Occupational Therapist, Barnsley
  • Emma Havercroft
    Neuro-Occupational Therapist, Leeds – specialist interest in vocational rehabilitation
  • Marisol Stoneham
    Specialist Occupational Therapist, Leeds & Harrogate
  • Cait Phillips
    Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
    Community Children’s Therapy Service, Gargrave
  • Claire Jackson
    Specialist Occupational Therapist, Doncaster

Sally OConnell

Sally O’Connell is an occupational therapist with 15 years’ experience of working in neurology. She is highly skilled in completing detailed assessments with clients using a variety of approaches, aiming to optimise individuals function in meaningful activities and promote their quality of life.

She is a highly motivated and confident individual with exceptional multi-tasking and organisational skills, as well as having creative problem-solving skills. She communicates effectively and sensitively with both clients and carers and demonstrates the ability to work closely with other health and social care professionals to assess a client’s needs and devise suitable goal-orientated interventions.

In her career to date, she has been responsible for managing and leading clinical teams, as well as managing her own complex clinical case-load of inpatients and outpatients, providing a high standard of occupational therapy service to clients in hospital, community and home environments.

She evaluates, plans and delivers goal-orientated treatment plans in response to complex needs, and works closely with family and carers accordingly. She has experience of ward rounds, multi-disciplinary meetings and case conferences cross agency and cross sector and has extensive experience of supervising and teaching other clinicians, therapy assistants and students.

She is highly specialist in devising and implementing behavioural management plans, cognitive and physical assessment and rehabilitation, including vocational rehabilitation. She has extensive experience of seating and positioning, standardised assessments, assistive technology and the use of other specialist equipment.

She also contributes to ongoing clinical research studies and has been the clinical lead for the motor neurone disease team as well as for neurological splinting.

 

Nicola Johnson

Nicola Johnson is an experienced occupational therapist who qualified in 2004 and has extensive and varied experience covering all aspects of adult physical health services from working in acute, rehabilitation and medico-legal settings.

She recently left the NHS, where she was contracted as a specialist occupational therapist working for a large social housing provider. Her clinical role involved completing full functional assessments of tenants in their own homes, detailing recommendations for her clients and the adaptations required to meet their immediate and future needs. She has experience of chairing and sitting on the future housing panel and making key decisions in relation to a client’s needs.

Since 2013 she has complemented her clinical work by undertaking medico-legal work with Jacqueline Webb & Co. She is skilled in carrying out thorough assessments and preparing
in-depth reports detailing a client’s needs and has been complimented for her writing style having built up experience in producing clear and easy-to-read reports. She enjoys the challenge and variety of this role and it has enabled her to gain a valuable insight into independent practice.

She has worked as the co-ordinator for a multi-disciplinary motor neurone disease service, in which she relied upon her ability to quickly and accurately predict future care needs through on-going timely assessment, sourcing of equipment and adaptations, and securing of funding. She forms close links with social workers and care agencies, making recommendations on the level of care required to address deteriorating needs. She regularly attends case conferences to discuss complex cases.

In addition to this role, she has carried out in-depth cognitive assessment and cognitive rehabilitation for patients with brain injury. Her role involved implementing individual treatment programmes based on assessed need, supporting clients with brain injuries in returning to employment, and developing strategies to manage within a workplace environment.

She sat on, and later chaired, the Occupational Therapy Education Committee, the purpose of which was to ensure a structured in-service training programme was in place encouraging best practice and quality across the OT service. She has extensive experience in supervision, induction and training of junior colleagues.

 

Emma Havercroft is a highly motivated, dedicated and conscientious occupational therapist, with 13 years clinical experience, with a varied and complex caseload, and specialising in neurological rehabilitation.

She has been responsible for staff teams working across different neurology services, providing supervision as well as being the Student Practice Placement Coordinator for the Trust. Emma has worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team and attended case conferences for multiple agencies, cross sector, as well as charitable and statutory organisations. She regularly attends goal planning and best interest meetings, and is competent at completing cognitive and perceptual assessments, basic mood screens, and mental capacity assessments.

She is skilled in one-to-one treatment as well as group sessions, advanced equipment provision, and in the provision of splints and casting of upper and lower limbs. Emma works ‘on call’ as an assessor for acute stroke patients and is experienced in treating people in a low awareness state. She provides specialist seating assessments, moving and handling assessments, and advanced moving and handling training and always takes a holistic approach to assessment and treatment, considering the needs of the patient, their families and carers.

She recently completed a Master’s degree, which focussed on the role of occupational therapy in vocational rehabilitation and covered modules including: work and health, ergonomics, research methods, occupational approaches to health and well-being, multiple sclerosis service development.

 

Marisol Stoneham has 10 years’ extensive and varied experience working across health and social care services. She has experience of working within neurology, orthopedics, elderly medicine, transitional care, accident and emergency, community rehabilitation, and forensic mental health. 

Marisol is skilled in completing in-depth assessments of clients’ occupational therapy needs in acute and longer-term situations.

She has managed generic and specialist occupational therapy caseloads across neurology and neurosciences wards, as well as in the community. This has included assessing cognitive, perceptual, physical, and functional needs of clients using standardised and non-standardised assessments. She has also completed assessments of clients’ complex support needs for discharge from hospital and coordinated the discharge planning process.

As an independent occupational therapist, Marisol has worked with clients with varying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health and social care needs, within and outside of litigation.

She is highly skilled in occupational therapy interventions relating to packages of care and support, moving and handling, equipment and adaptations, accommodation, and transport. She is also experienced in specialist assessments and interventions relating to enduring mental health issues, learning disability and personality disorders.

She has completed functional assessments within in-patient and community settings and identifies and actions collaborative rehabilitation goals with her clients and those involved in their care and rehabilitation.

Marisol has also worked as a case manager, which has further enhanced her understanding of the independent sector, the litigation process, and the complexities of multi-disciplinary working outside of statutory services.

 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Cait-pic-1.jpg

Cait Phillips has sixteen years’ experience of working predominantly within NHS community-based services, working with people of all ages. This includes nine years based within a range of children’s services including palliative care, respite care, pre-five services, and child and adolescent mental health services.

She has an additional seven years’ experience within an adult mental health and learning disability NHS Trust, where she held the post of a highly specialist occupational therapist working with adults.

Cait has a wealth of experience of working with both children and adults who have a range of conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, dementia and brain injury.
She also has a working knowledge of patients with autism, down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, limb deficiencies, profound and multiple complex learning and physical needs, acute mental health issues, genetic conditions, and the general conditions associated with aging. 

She has experience of working with many other agencies from the health, social, voluntary and independent sectors, and has substantial experience of managing complex caseloads and leading as the care programme approach coordinator.

Cait is accomplished in many areas of occupational therapy including; assessing child development progression including play, concentration, coordination, and postural needs, in advising on specialist equipment for increasing access to activities of daily living, along with aids to increase independence. 

Cait remains up-to-date with legal and professional requirements and participates in a range of continued professional development activities, such as recently completing an MSc in an evidence-based dementia training course.

She is often commended on taking an empathetic and holistic approach to everyone’s unique circumstances and needs; also, for recognizing the positive contribution of familial and social networks for supporting individuals in achieving their goals. 

 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Claire-pic.jpg

Claire Jackson qualified as an occupational therapist in 2006 and has taken every opportunity to maximise her clinical experience by working within a wide variety of clinical areas and settings. As such, she is experienced in the assessment, treatment and care planning of patients with a range of physical and psychological difficulties in both acute and community settings. 

Claire currently manages a diverse caseload as an independent occupational therapist and completes home assessments to identify individual areas of need and then coordinates and facilitates any major adaptations and specialist equipment requirements.

She is responsible for ensuring individuals’ care needs are fully met and frequently develops personalised assessment and care plans which can include; moving and handling plans and carer training, capacity assessments and best interest meetings and reviews of existing care packages already in place.

Claire has worked on a psychiatric intensive care unit and in a community mental health team, assessing and treating clients with chronic and acute psychiatric mental health conditions. She worked with clients to build their social and functional independence, which involved both
one-to-one and group sessions, such as the living skills group.

Her most recent local authority position involved a social care assessment unit for clients with cognitive impairment. The role was to assess and recommend discharge plans following a hospital admission. This involved assessing and implementing care either within the home or in residential care and the subsequent equipment and adaptations that were required. The clients had diagnoses of various types of dementia, in addition to a broad range of physical health problems.

Claire also has extensive experience of palliative care for clients in both the community and inpatient. She has worked closely with the local hospice, attending their multi-disciplinary meetings to facilitate appropriate discharges home, ensuring the needs and wishes of the client were met.