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Louise Hooper

Occupational Therapist


  Devon | within 2 hours travel time.


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Amputations
  • Mental Health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Parkinson’s
  • Extensive experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Over 35 years experience as a qualified OT
  • Experience of developing new services and establishing their effectiveness
  • Leadership and delivery of community rehabilitation services
  • Community assessment and rehabilitation
  • Line management of staff including recruitment, practice supervision and service development
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Dementia
  • Orthopaedic Trauma

Key Skills

  • Managing effective therapy and support packages
  • Assessment and goal planning
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Team player
  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Highly experienced and dynamic Occupational Therapist with strong communication skills
  • Management and supervision of staff
  • Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly


I have extensive experience in Community rehabilitation. The broad range of skills that I have gained during this time, allow me to complete fully holistic assessments with recommendations that are tailored to the individual client’s needs. I am experienced at managing staff and can provide support to client’s families and carers to achieve the best outcome for the client. My interpersonal skills enable me to develop a strong rapport with clients and their families.

Previous Clinical Experience

Occupational Therapist (Band 6) – July 2021 to present
NHS Professionals
Tavistock Community Rehabilitation Team, Devon

  • Providing assessment, goal planning and treatment to patients with a wide range of acute, chronic and life limiting conditions
  • Ensuring clinical skills are current and up to date, to meet the needs of a wide range of clinical conditions
  • Maintaining excellent communication and team working across health, social care, and voluntary services

Community Rehabilitation Team Lead (Band 7) – October 2014 to March 2021
Livewell Southwest CIC
Plymouth, Devon

  • Leadership and delivery of therapy and rehabilitation services including operational management of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Therapy Support Workers and Administrators.

Occupational Therapist (Band 6) – June 2011 to October 2014
Torbay & Southern Devon Health & Care NHS Trust
Ivybridge Community Rehabilitation Team

  • Providing Occupational Therapy clinical expertise in a multidisciplinary team commissioned to deliver rehabilitation assessment and treatment for people with physical, mental health and learning disabilities
  • Delivery of intermediate care and rehabilitation services with people living at home, in care homes and in short term placements.
  • Formal supervision of support workers and occupational therapy students
  • Sharing clinical expertise with colleagues e.g. manual handling, risk assessments, specialist assessment of posture, seating and wheelchair needs.

Occupational Therapist (Band 6) – August 2006 to June 2011
NHS Devon, Exeter
Harewood Intermediate Care Unit, Tavistock

Occupational Therapist (Senior 2) – February 2002 to August 2006
South Hams & West Devon PCT
Tavistock Hospital (Ward based)

 Accreditation Therapist (Senior 1 OT) – April 1993 to March 1999
Plymouth Community Services NHS Trust
Disablement Services Centre, Plymouth

Occupational Therapist (Senior 1) – October 1988 to April 1993
Plymouth Health Authority
Plympton Community Reablement Team

Occupational Therapist (Senior 2) – August 1985 to October 1998
Plymouth Health Authority
Mount Gould Hospital – acute orthopaedics rehab ward

Occupational Therapist (Basic Grade rotation) – September 1984 to August 1985
Plymouth Health Authority
Mount Gould Hospital – elderly rehabilitation & orthopaedics

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Diploma of Occupational Therapy (Dip COT) – September 1984
    St Loyes School of Occupational Therapy, Exeter, Devon
  • Registered Practitioner, British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM)
  • Member of Case Management Society United Kingdom (CMSUK)
    Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – OT13098
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) - BT0018043

Areas of Special Knowledge and Interest

  • Wheelchairs, pressure care and postural support
  • Upper Limb amputations and prosthetics

Maintaining Excellence

  • Louise is committed to maintaining her skills and abilities and engages readily in varied training supported by Independent Living Solutions Ltd covering the following areas:
  • Recruitment, and Employment of support workers
  • Moving and Handling
  • Litigation Training
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Managing the Complexities of Running a Care Team
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Mental capacity act
  • Management of Risk