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EMMA BRACHER

BHSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

EXPERT WITNESS

Clients: All over UK

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

* University of York St John BHSc Occupational Therapy (2003).
* Registered Occupational Therapist with Health and Social Care Professions Council.
* Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
* Member of College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section for Independent Practice
* Member of College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section for Neurological Practice

EXPERIENCE

I qualified in 2003 and have 13 years of experience in practice as an Occupational Therapist.

I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness occupational therapy reports for the Court covering a wide variety of complex injuries. My areas of specialty are neurological rehabilitation, progressive neurological conditions, amputation, palliative care, cognitive impairment and orthopaedic injury.

The type of injuries/conditions I can report on include

* Acquired Brain Injury
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Orthopaedic Injury
* Amputation
* Spinal Injury
* Progressive Neurological Disease
* Palliative Care
* Elderly care
* Vision impairment

I am currently working as an independent practioner, working primarily with adults with neurological or orthopaedic conditions.

I started my career working with adults with physical disabilities/ health needs, and with older adults with mental health needs, within the NHS and Social Services.

I worked in Brisbane, Australia for 6 years (2007 - 2013), initially in a large private hospital. This role involved acute assessment and rehabilitation of people post brain injury (acquired or traumatic), amputation, injury or illness. I also worked with people with progressive neurological conditions, helping them to maintain a high quality of life. This may have been at any stage of their journey, from initial diagnosis right through helping them manage end of life needs.

I was the Occupational Therapy lead for the development and implementation of the hospital Falls Prevention and Parkinson's Disease outpatient programs. I was also involved in the re-structuring of the multi-disciplinary rehabilitation teams, and in the development of the services offered.

I then successfully ran my own private practice working with clients with a wide range of illness and disability in the community. This involved assessment and treatment of younger and older adults, including but not limited to falls prevention, environmental adaptation, activities of daily living, community access, cognitive impairment (including dementia), palliative care, manual handling and neurological rehabilitation.






Since returning to the UK I have worked with an NHS Trust Stroke Service, on the acute and rehabilitation wards. I have also been an approved disability assessor for the Department of Work and Pensions, completing assessments and preparing reports for persons applying for Personal Independence Payments.

I have extensive experience in completing home assessments, and providing advice on and/or prescribing a wide range of aids, equipment and environmental adaptations. My various roles have involved assessment of ADLs, cognition, upper limb function and functional mobility, all of which are essential in establishing future care needs.

I am skilled in being able to assess for, and provide. comprehensive rehabilitation programmes to meet the needs of client’s and their carers.

I have experience in the supervision and training of OTs, OT assistants and rehab assistants, and I have delivered numerous in-service training sessions.

The ethos of my practice is always to provide a high quality occupational therapy service to enable clients to optimise their function and improve their quality of life, whatever their condition or situation.

I understand the litigation process and my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.

I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current, and to maintain my professional development.