Karen Smith

BSc (hons) Psychology
BABICM Registered Practitioner Case Manager



Areas Covered:



Spinal Injury
Occupational Therapy
Neurological Diseases
Manual Handling
Cerebral Palsy
Brain Injury
Behavioural & Learning Difficulty
Aids & Equipment


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  • BSc (hons) Psychology
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)
  • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
  • Specialist Sections: Independent Practice, Housing, Neurology, Vocational
  • BABICM Registered Practitioner Member
  • Member of Case Management Society UK (CMSUK)
  • Member of Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
  • Member of Posture & Mobility Group


Karen is a dedicated and HCPC registered Occupational Therapist having qualified in 2014 from Brunel University with a master’s degree; her bachelors is in Psychology. Karen has been practising as a highly experienced and senior Occupational Therapist in statutory services and independent practice with both adults and paediatrics.

Karen is able to provide case management for the following clients:

  • Spinal cord injury (Adults)
  • Traumatic Brain injury (Paediatric, Young Adults, Adults)
  • Cerebral Palsy (Paediatric and Adults)
  • Stroke (Adults)
  • Progressive Neurological Diseases (Adults)
  • Rheumatological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal (Adults)
  • Cancer and cardiac diseases (Adults)

Additionally, she regularly undertakes:

  • Specialist seating and posture assessments
  • Moving and handling assessments
  • Management of adaptations and fixed / specialist equipment provision
  • Functional rehabilitation assessments and goal setting

Karen has worked at senior level where she operationally managed and clinically supervised all Occupational Therapists and facilitated continued professional development opportunities to maintain sufficient expertise in the service. Karen collaboratively worked with the Occupational Therapists and management to design and implement new assessment and SMART goals and paperwork to collect service performance data to improve service delivery. Karen assisted the Lead Operations Manager in co-ordinating the service in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Karen started working as an independent practitioner in 2020, gaining contracts with various private Occupational Therapist companies where she continued to work with adults with complex neurological and orthopaedic conditions, but also worked with people who have learning difficulties, lower limb injuries, amputations, spinal cord, and brain injuries and in clinical negligence cases.

As a case manager, Karen is experienced with working with clients in their own homes, carrying out collaborative and comprehensive assessments and setting goals. She can provide functional rehabilitation and designs living spaces to make the home environment accessible through major and minor adaptations. Karen has vast experience of using specialist equipment for people with complex postural and moving and handling needs due to a range of disabilities. Karen can confidently co-ordinate care packages and multi-disciplinary teams for her paediatric and adult clients.

Karen is committed to enhancing her client’s independence and participation in life and is well practised in identifying areas in need of functional improvement and interventions.

As a member of Royal College of Occupational Therapist,Specialist Interest Section for Independent Practitioners, Housing and Neurology, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management and Case Management Society UK, Karen has a broad network of colleagues for peer support.

Karen maintains a high level of professional development and independent monthly supervisions. She keeps up to date with developments in occupational therapy, case management, spinal cord, and brain injury. She completes specialist training courses, attends exhibitions, study days and conferences. This helps Karen to enhance and develop her clinical reasoning and expert advice to clients, carers, and other professionals.


Karen lives with her uncle and a 20-year-old cat called Solomon. Karen likes to eat healthy and loves cooking, making everything from scratch. She swims and uses the gym regularly despite having an injury to her lumbar spine from an underlying condition.

Karen has great friends and family whom which loves spending time with. One of her favourite things to do is natter or go on a bike ride with her best friend, read/watch sci-fi and crime fiction. Karen loves the sunshine and going to music events.

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