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Natasha Taper is an Independent Occupational Therapist who specialises in neurological rehabilitation and neurological conditions. Natasha obtained a degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2000. She started her career in the United Kingdom as a locum occupational therapist working in a wide spectrum of clinical areas: stroke (acute and rehabilitation), medical, rapid assessment and discharge service, neurology, neuro-rehabilitation, community, surgical, orthopaedics (trauma and elective) and elderly care.
Taking on a permanent position at King’s College hospital in 2004 to complete a neurology rotation, Natasha started to specialise in Occupational Therapy for clients with neurological diagnoses. She has been practicing in the National Health Service (NHS) and private hospital and community settings for 14 years, predominantly with the neurologically impaired clientele.
During her years of extensive clinical experience, Natasha has attended many courses, training events and conferences to maintain her level of expertise and adhere to the standards and code of conduct from her professional bodies. During her career Natasha has fulfilled several Lead Occupational Therapy positions obtaining skills in staff management, project and service development.
In 2011 Natasha successfully completed a Masters degree on Research in Clinical Practice at the St George’s University of London.
Natasha’s most recent clinical position was at the Wellington Hospital, a private neuro-rehabilitation unit in London, where she worked as the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. The Wellington Hospital is the largest independent hospital in the UK and treats both international and local patients with complex disabilities.
Natasha holds full professional membership with the British Association of Occupational Therapists and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is also a member of the College of OT Specialists sections: Neurological Practice and Independent Practice.
Natasha enjoys working as an Occupational Therapist and is passionate about treating the challenging client group with neurological difficulties. Due to an extensive career in neurology, Natasha is clinically, managerially and socially equipped to provide any client with an occupational therapy intervention plan best suited to their needs.
‘My aim is to support my clients to achieve independence and quality of life, but more importantly, to do that on their terms and based on their definition of independence. My treatment plans consider the clients’ previous lifestyle, abilities, medical history, cultural background, religion, values and all other individual factors incorporating client centered (self-generated where possible) functional goals. The key to Occupational Therapy is providing opportunities to enable and/or equip clients to achieve the highest possible level of engagement in activities of daily life.’
Full CV available on request.
– Comprehensive initial assessment (2 hours)
– Generate client centred goals with client and/or family or carer/s
– Produce a treatment plan detailing recommended treatment strategies
– Treatment focused on areas of difficulty:
Physical rehabilitation for functional activities
Sensory re-education for the arm and hand
Motor recovery of the arm and hand (FES, Saebo, constraint induced therapy, mirror box, normal movement, functional rehabilitation)
Splinting for the arm and hand
Functional rehabilitation: selfcare, mobility, cooking and other household related activities, budgeting/financial management
Posture and seating assessments (wheelchair prescription)
Advice and recommendations on assistive technology and environmental controls
Advice and recommendations on return to driving
Community re-integration: accessing local community, use of public transport, shopping
Recreational rehabilitation: support with engagement in leisure activities
Vocational rehabilitation: work simulation activities, support with returning to previous job role with or without adaptation or investigating options for different job roles, support with liaising with employers
Assessment and recommendations for equipment provision and minor adaptations
Family and carer education and training
Overseas assessment if travel and accommodation covered (hourly rate applies)
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