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Nick Carter - Dip COT OTR

Nick qualified in 1992 from St Loyes School of Occupational Therapy with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy.

He has wide experience of working as a rehabilitation therapist both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America in varied settings and specialisms. He developed an early special interest and subsequent expertise in the realms of Neuro-Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Hand Injury and Vocational Rehabilitation.


  • Case management of young adults and adults with an acquired brain injury since 2002
  • Writing clear concise comprehensive needs assessments using functional and cognitive assessment skills
  • Developing rehabilitation plans to action identified recommendations
  • Liaising with multi-disciplinary team members coordinating the rehabilitation pathway
  • Developing relationship with care agencies to ensure care provided is excellent
  • Case managing clients with acquired brain injury and challenging behavior through long term rehabilitation
  • Experience of working with, leading and training multidisciplinary teams both as an Occupational Therapist since 1992 and Case Manager since he first joined Independent Living Solutions Limited (ILS) in 2002.
  • Director of Portsmouth Headway since 2007.

Key Skills

In addition to his clinical and rehabilitation experience, Nick uses his client - centred approach and communication skills to ensure he develops and maintains good working relationships with his clients and their families. He advocates strongly on behalf of his clients aiming to ensure that best interest and choice is paramount. Nick works with clients and their families to assist in maximising the client’s full potential in all aspects of daily life.


  • Registered with HPCP
  • Advanced Member of BABICM
  • Member of BAOT
  • Member of COT SS group: Neurological practice
  • Member of CMSUK

Areas of Work

Occupational Therapy and Case Management with adults and young adults with neurological conditions; Vocational Therapy

Geographical Areas Covered

Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset. (Nearest Airport: Southampton 17 miles)


2005 - Present Full time Case Manager and Occupational Therapist with ILS, specialising in work with adult brain injured clients. Nick is also a Professional Mentor within ILS supporting a team of case managers.

2001 - 2005 Locum Senior Therapist in Neuro-rehabilitation specialist units across the United Kingdom including Unsted Park Hospital Brain Injury Unit, Jackets Field Rehabilitation Unit, Phoenix Rehabilitation Centre and Aylesbury Community Brain Injury Service (Vocational rehabilitation).

2000 - 2001 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for Neurology, East Hants PCT, responsible for Occupational Therapy Service development, staff supervision and training.

1998 - 2000 Lead Therapist in an elderly rehabilitation unit in Portsmouth, treating clients with neurological, general medical and orthopaedic conditions. He then took over Lead Therapy role within the stroke unit, developing Occupational Therapy services for Portsmouth and East Hants.

1995 - 1998 Traveling Rehabilitation Therapist in several hospitals in the USA involved in treatment as well as student training and Occupational Therapy service development. During this period, Nick specialised in Neurology and Hand Therapy.

1992 - 1995 Occupational Therapist in Neurological rehabilitation, primarily with stroke patients in acute hospital wards in Portsmouth.

Maintaining Excellence

Assessment and OT treatment of Brain Injured clients, Cognitive and work based rehabilitation. Neurological Rehabilitation with adults and young adults.

Nick is committed to maintaining his skills and abilities and engages in a varied training programme supported by Independent Living Solutions covering the following areas:

  • Recruitment and Employment
  • Moving and Handling
  • Litigation Training
  • Managing the complexities of running a care team
  • Safeguarding
  • Management of Risk

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