Viv Cooper

Vivienne Cooper Dip COT O.T.c

Profile

An Occupational Therapist of over 30 years’ experience with a high level of clinical skill in managing, assessing, treatment planning and developing rehabilitation services for individuals and groups with a wide range of physical and psychological disabilities. These include ABI, acute and progressive neurological disabilities, orthopaedic injuries, spinal injuries and respiratory conditions. I have worked in a wide variety of N.H.S. and private rehabilitation settings both in the U.K. and Canada.

Qualifications

Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists – 1987

Canadian Occupational Therapy Certification – 1997

Skills and Experience

An experienced team leader whose responsibilities have included the setup, development and ongoing management of an award-winning multidisciplinary NHS specialist community neurological rehabilitation service which continues to provide assessment, treatment and advice for people living with complex neurological conditions in Mid and West Sussex.

A significant part of my current and previous work has involved managing clients with complex needs through a multidisciplinary approach and goal orientated framework. My work has focused on empowering the client to manage their situation by maximising abilities, preventing further deterioration of their condition, and reducing dependence on support services where appropriate.

Whilst working as a Consultant Occupational Therapist in Canada I was jointly responsible for the initiation and development of the occupational therapy role with the Canadian Back Institute (CBI). During this time, I was responsible for assessing and recommending rehabilitation programmes for clients with predominantly musculoskeletal injuries who were unable to return to work or engage in activities of daily living as a result of involvement in road traffic accidents. Working closely with employers I compiled return to work and functional treatment programmes aimed at maximising client independence.

I provide workshops and seminars to groups of clients and health and social care colleagues on various clinical and service development issues. I have contributed to university occupational therapy training programmes both in the UK and Canada. I routinely undertake mentoring and supervision of senior rehabilitation staff in both the public and private sectors. From 2012 to 2015 I was a member of the NHS England Strategic Clinical Advisory Group for Stroke and Rehabilitation. A am a current member of the Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum and an advisory trustee for Headway West Sussex. I have a particular interest in fatigue management and assisting clients to remain in employment.

Employment

2014 – present: Case manager working with adults and their families in cases involving brain injury and other complex conditions. Co-ordinating rehabilitative support and advice to fulfil individual recovery potential and maximize quality of life.

2013 – present: Independent Mentor/supervisor.
Responsible for providing occupational therapy supervision and mentoring to independent OT’s and case managers.

2012 – 2015: Team Manager, Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team. Sussex Community NHS trust.
Responsible for the recruitment, set up and development of an award winning 28 staff specialist multidisciplinary team supporting people with neurological conditions across the north of Sussex.

2008 – 2012: Case manager working with brain injured adults and their families.

2005 -  2012: Team Leader, Community Rehabilitation and Support Service. East Surrey Primary Care Trust/ Sussex Community NHS Trust.
Responsible for the development and management of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation service for people with complex physical disabilities.

2001 – 2005: Senior Occupational Therapist, Intermediate Care Team. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare.
Responsible for Occupational therapy input to people with complex conditions making the transition home from hospital and those in medical crisis in the community.

1999 – 2001: Consultant Occupational Therapist. Canadian Back Institute (CBI).
Responsible for initiation and development of the occupational therapy role within the organisation, working with insurers, employers and occupational health departments to facilitate return to work for people with acute and long-term neck and back injuries.

1996 – 1999: Consultant Occupational Therapist. Rehability OT Inc Toronto Canada.
Responsible for the assessment and rehabilitation of people with acute and longer term orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries.

1993 – 1996: Head Occupational Therapist. Eastbourne and County Healthcare.
Responsible for leading a team of occupational therapists providing elderly care rehabilitation.

1991 – 1993: Senior Occupational Therapist. West Cumbria Health Authority.
Responsible for providing Occupational Therapy Services to people with a wide variety of medical diagnoses across the rural Cumbria area.

1987 – 1991: Basic Grade and later Senior Occupational Therapist. Dudley Health Authority.
Responsible for providing in patient occupational therapy services to older people with stroke and complex long-term conditions.

Registration and Memberships:

Health and Care Professions Council - HCPC reg OT15514

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Case Management Society UK

British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers - BABICM

Headway West Sussex – Advisory trustee

Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum (SABIF)