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Cathy Prior - BSc Occupational Therapy

Cathy is a skilled Occupational Therapist (OT) having gained experience and high level clinical reasoning skills from roles in both NHS, social care teams and the private sector. Cathy has worked in both the community as well as hospital in-patient and out-patient settings. She qualified professionally in 2002 and has a passion for working with individual’s to help them overcome the challenges of disability and gain independence.


  • Cognitive assessment and treatment.
  • Vocational rehabilitation.
  • Complex moving and handling assessments including specialised hoists, bespoke slings, slide sheet systems working with neurological conditions and bariatric clients.
  • Postural management including specialist seating and wheelchair assessment.
  • Assessment and facilitation of rehabilitation programmes including upper limb function.
  • Specialist equipment assessment including shower chairs, sleep systems, and environmental control systems.
  • Assessment of minor and major adaptations including level access showers, ramping, stair lifts and kitchen re-design.
  • Clinical and environmental risk assessments including falls prevention.
  • Anxiety Management and Relaxation.
  • Training, advice, and support to carers, families and colleagues.
  • Independent Mobility Assessor.

Key Skills

Cathy is a skilled communicator who is dedicated to seeing complex situations through to resolution and have a strong ability to coordinate and deliver high standards of care to the clients that she works with. Cathy is approachable, resilient and an enthusiastic team member.


  • HCPC registered.
  • Member of BABICM.
  • Member of CMSUK.
  • Member of BAOT.

Areas of Work

Case Management of adults with complex needs, Occupational Therapy.

Geographical Areas Covered

Any areas within a two hour drive of Southampton.


July 2017 to Present Independent Living Solutions, providing case management to adults with complex needs.

2013 to Present Senior Occupational Therapist, Hobbs Neurological Rehabilitation, Andover. Complex neurological conditions in adults including Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury working in inpatients and outpatients units.

2015 to Present Independent Mobility Assessor, Southampton City Council. Specialist mobility assessments working with the city council and Department for Transport.

2017 to Present Community Occupational Therapist, Access Independent/Hampshire County Council.
Major Adaptations assessment with clients with neurological conditions and musculoskeletal conditions.

2005 to 2013 Community Occupational Therapist, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton. Short and long-term interventions with a complex caseload of adults including admission avoidance, rehabilitation programmes and minor and major adaptations.

2003 to 2004 Occupational Therapist, Rheumatology In/Outpatients, Christchurch Hospital, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust. Specialist assessment and interventions of clients with rheumatological conditions.

2002 to 2003 Occupational Therapist Rotational Post, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth City PCT. Experience gained in acute hospital and day hospital settings with elderly clients.

Maintaining Excellence

Cathy is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in a varied training supported by ILS covering the following areas:

Recruitment and Employment.
Moving and Handling.
Litigation Training.
Emergency First Aid at Work.
Managing the complexities of running a care team
Management of Risk.

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