Sarah Parks

  • HCPC Registered OT 24384
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of COTSS-IP

Sarah qualified in 1995 from Oxford Brookes School of Occupational Therapy. She began work at Good Hope Hospital and then moved onto University Hospital Birmingham where she spent several years completing rotations in general medicine, elderly care, paediatrics, orthopaedics, stroke, A&E, neurology and neuro-surgery.

University Hospital Birmingham: during her time here, Sarah developed an interest in neurology and participated in a published research project setting up a fatigue management programme for individuals with multiple sclerosis. She was also chosen to be part of a hospital exchange programme and travelled to Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa to experience Occupational Therapy services overseas.

Rehab UK: In 2004 Sarah left the NHS to begin working as a brain injury case manager for Rehab UK, a brain injury charity. This involved effectively and efficiently managing the co-ordination of all aspects of care as detailed within medico-legal reports in respect to children and adults with acquired brain injury.

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors: She went on to develop her interest in medico-legal cases working with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors as their client liaison manager supporting serious injury clients and their families during the initial phases of litigation. This work led to a greater understanding of the litigation process

Queen Elizabeth Hospital: In 2010 Sarah returned to the NHS and was the clinical specialist occupational therapist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham responsible for occupational therapy provision to injured servicemen returning from Afghanistan with major trauma injuries including amputations, brain injuries and complex orthopaedic injuries.
In her role as clinical specialist Sarah worked within a dedicated team managing a challenging case load and developing this unique post. Due to the variety of complex injuries seen her clinical skills involved, detailed assessment for posture, wheelchair provision and pressure relief for short term and longer term needs, cognitive assessment and treatment, behavioural observations and evaluation of patients in low level state of awareness, motor/sensory assessment and evaluation, scar management.
Sarah was amongst a small team of individuals who were awarded “Woman of the year” in 2011 for their work with injured servicemen. She also received a military commendation for her dedication and commitment to her work providing an enhanced occupational therapy service to injured military personnel.
Mercia Case Management: Sarah works as a case manager with children and adults who have sustained complex injuries. Her role involves Identifying the ongoing needs of clients by undertaking holistic assessment of needs and Writing detailed assessment reports going on to formulate care plans and facilitate and co-ordinate care delivered by professional involved with the client.
In 2015 Sarah joined CJ Occupational Therapy Limited as an Associate Occupational Therapist. She assesses clients (with acquired brain injury’s) functional needs and provides a goal led therapy programme with the wider team.