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Catherine Wignall - MSc OT

Brain injury case manager.

Catherine has worked with ILS as a case manager since 2010. She qualified as an occupational therapist in Exeter and later in 1995 gained a Master of Sciences degree at Kings College, London University, which culminated in research into brain injury rehabilitation and outcomes. Catherine has 25 years' experience in neuro-rehabilitation, and is highly specialised in the field of acquired brain injury rehabilitation. Catherine has worked in various settings from acute inpatient rehabilitation through to outreach and community. She has worked in Australia and in the UK for the NHS, private and charitable sectors.



  • Case management of adults and young people with an acquired brain injury
  • Writing clear concise comprehensive needs assessments using functional and cognitive assessment skills
  • Developing rehabilitation plans to action identified recommendations
  • Assessing for and sourcing assistive equipment
  • Supporting clients to maximize vocational opportunity
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members coordinating the rehabilitation pathway
  • Developing relationship with care agencies to ensure care provided is excellent
  • Catherine has worked in various settings from acute inpatient rehabilitation, through to outreach and community
  • Experience of recruiting support staff and buddies
  • Supporting support staff to understand their roles and engage effectively with clients

Key Skills

Catherine is a dedicated professional who utilises her occupational therapy skills to promote the very best outcomes for her clients working to set and achieved measureable goals. Catherine has excellent communication skills tailoring her style to the needs of her clients and their families.


  • Registered with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)
  • Member of BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapists)
  • Member of SSNP (Specialist Section for Neurological Practice for Occupational Therapists)
  • Member of Headway
  • Catherine continues to develop her practice by attending conferences and courses, particularly in cognitive, memory, visual perceptual difficulties.
  • Member of BABICM
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Case management and occupational therapy rehabilitation in adults with brain injury.

Geographical Areas Covered

All areas considered, preferably within two hours commute from Bruton, Somerset.


2010 - Present Case Manager & Occupational Therapist with Independent Living Solutions. Catherine manages a complex case load, supporting the rehabilitation of adults who have sustained a brain injury. Catherine’s experience includes recruiting and managing directly recruited care teams in addition to her clinical work.

2008 to 2012 Senior Occupational Therapist at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (BIRU). Assessing and planning goal based inpatient and community rehabilitation programmes for adults with complex physical, cognitive, behavioural and adjustment difficulties.

Locum senior occupational therapist at Glenside Manor, Salisbury. Brain injury rehabilitation and senior occupational therapist Dorset Healthcare, Poole Hospital, acute and community brain injury rehabilitation.

Headway volunteer. Catherine carried our group and individual work and devised community rehabilitation programmes for patients recently discharged from hospital.

Career break for family, other work and voluntary activities.

Lead occupational therapist for St Mary's NHS Trust, London. Catherine managed the neuro rehabilitation and eldery care occupational therapy teams, and had clinical caseload, supervision, support, training, recruiting and budgeting responsibilities.

Lead neuro occupational therapist at the Transitional Living Unit, Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability, Putney. Catherine was involved in the initial planning and developement of the new inpatient unit set up for community rehabilitation for patients with brain injury and other neurological conditions.

Senior occupational therapy locum positions at Devonshire Hospital, London W1 (brain injury / neuro) Charing Cross Hospital, London (general medical), Bristol Royal Infirmary (hand unit).

Occupational therapy in Australia, Derby Regional Hospital and aboriginal communities in North Western Australia (stroke, head injury, alcohol and substance abuse) and Repatriation General Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria (anxiety management for people with respiratory conditions).

Locum positions in St James Hospital and Kings College London.

Catherine completed a full junior grade rotation through all specialties at St Georges Hospital London.


Maintaining Excellence

Catherine 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
  • Safeguarding
  • Management of Risk

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