Helen Cunningham

  • HCPC Registered: OT 40955
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy

Helen qualified in 2004 from Coventry University with BSc in Occupational Therapy. Helen then began work at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital where she gained experience of working with elective orthopaedics, oncology, amputees and paediatrics.

In 2005 Helen joined a junior rotation at Heart of England NHS Trust, initially working in general medicine and cardiac rehabilitation. Following this Helen undertook a rotation in Acute Stroke where she gained skills in assessment and treatment of Acute Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack. Following a promotion in 2006 she covered a specialist role in Neurology which also included several rotations in a variety of settings including Outpatients, Stroke Outreach and an in reach service. During this post Helen worked with a range of clients with Neurological conditions including Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, HIV and Oncology.

In 2008 Helen took a career break to go traveling around the world.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust: From 2009, Helen worked with clients who presented with challenging behaviour following a traumatic and acquired brain injuries. This was a psychology led service which focused on community integration and increasing client’s abilities to return to living in the community. During this post Helen extended her skills in rehabilitation of complex cognitive impairment by helping clients to structure their day with activities and maximizing their independence in everyday tasks. This work also included supporting clients in returning to voluntary or paid employment and facilitating therapeutic groups.

Since 2011 Helen has worked as an Independent Occupational Therapist. She worked both for herself and as an associate taking on a range of cases including medico legal work and adaptations. Helen continued to work with clients with cognitive and behavioural difficulties establishing routines, increasing independence in activities of daily living and supporting clients into voluntary work. During this time Helen worked closely with other health professionals to support clients, their families and care teams to ensure the best outcome was achieved for the client.

Speedwell Health: Helen also worked as a Rehabilitation Manager. The role involved carrying out immediate needs assessments, establishing rehabilitation plans using the SMART goal setting format and ensuring clients were able to access the correct rehabilitation and support services following their injury.

In 2014 Helen returned to the NHS part time and currently works at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit which is a major trauma unit working with clients with traumatic brain injury, trauma and orthopaedic conditions.

Helen joined CJ Occupational Therapy in 2015 as an Associate Occupational Therapist.