Amanda graduated in 1993 from St Andrew’s School of Occupational Therapy in Northampton. Since qualifying, she has developed her unique dual skill set as a clinician in both neurological and mental health rehabilitation across a vast range of inpatient (including secure hospitals), outpatient and community settings in both the NHS and private sector, working with physically and cognitively impaired adults and younger people with complex neurological conditions, including major psychiatric disorders, acquired brain injury, stroke and progressive, degenerative neurological disorders.
Amanda set up her independent practice in 2003, providing consultancy services to private providers of mental health and neurorehabilitation services, her role including working within assigned budgets, staff recruitment and training and design and delivery of rehabilitation services, tailored to meet the needs of a diverse client groups.
Amanda has been a case manager since 2008, working primarily with those who have suffered catastrophic injury with acquired brain injury, orthopeadic injuries and complex diagnoses, preparing immediate needs assessments and rehabilitation case management services under both joint and single instruction, pre-and post-settlement. As a case manager, she is experienced in working with challenging behavior and in identifying solutions to meet the needs of those suffering from the subtler effects of brain injury.
She has an interest in working with those whose lives may have been challenging prior to injury; her caseload typically includes those with complex diagnosis, pre or post injury, of neurological, neuropsychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental impairment, where there may be substance abuse, self-harm, and offending behavior. As a case manager, Amanda uses key assessment skills, core to her occupational therapy training, to analyse and understand the true nature of impairment and formulate an individualised rehabilitation plan.
Her proven skills are in supporting clients and families through the rehabilitation process. In managing a team of treating clinicians and support staff, she facilitates collaborative working on clear goals and measurable outcomes by keeping open lines of communication between all parties, from legal, medical and financial professionals to care providers. She is experienced in judging when to call upon additional expertise in complex cases. Before qualifying in later life as an occupational therapist, Amanda trained and worked in the commercial sector. Her key business skills bring added value to her case management skills.
Amanda is an adaptable and equally at home in the boardroom setting as a competent advocate, as she is in a client's home/place of abode. She is recognised for her sensitive and empathic approach with clients and their families and high standards of professionalism, objectivity and a considered, measured approach in her work. Amanda’s strengths are in strategic thinking, thinking outside the box whilst seeing the bigger picture, whilst keeping a meticulous eye on detail, taking charge when needed and actively driving rehabilitation to a satisfactory outcome. She has been commended by colleagues for bringing calm to chaos in some very challenging situations.
Amanda is a member of CMSUK, BABICM, UKABIF and strives to maintain her continuing professional development, which was audited by the RCOT in 2016 and deemed to be of the standard required for Occupational Therapists.
Amanda is experienced in working within the process of personal injury litigation and she is trained in the writing of Medical Expert Reports and in Courtroom skills and presenting evidence.