Louise O’Connor

Specialist Areas

A dedicated and proactive neurological and trauma conditions occupational therapist. Utilises excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deliver person focused treatment and achieve exceptional outcomes.

Occupational Therapy BSc Honors

University of Liverpool

2013

Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2013 from the University of Liverpool, Louise has worked in a variety of settings. Beginning her career in a large university teaching hospital assessing, implementing treatment and over-coming the impact caused by illness, accident or ageing upon function and coordinating safe and time effective discharges. Louise is a dedicated, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with experience across services including neurology, trauma, accident and emergency department, elderly acute and rehabilitation, general surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, critical care and respiratory.

Louise is skilled in assessing functional independence within inpatient and community settings, implementing treatment plans and evaluating interventions in self-maintenance, productivity and leisure. In addition, she has implemented treatment plans and care requirements into community settings to promote independence and encourage a renewed sense of purpose. Louise is confident in-home modifications and adaptations to ensure independence in a home environment is achievable.

Louise specialised in stroke services assessing complex neurological physical, cognitive, psychological, social and environmental requirements and implementing a rehabilitation pathway and coordinating discharge into the community. She has experience of transition from inpatient units into the community setting liaising with other professionals and agencies for specialist care and rehabilitation to ensure integration in the community is efficient and effective.

With a developed passion for neurological and trauma conditions, Louise began working at a The Walton Centre, a specialist hospital in neurology and neurosurgery. The role enabled Louise to develop skills associated with neurological conditions including traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, poly-trauma, spinal injury and amputations across a wide range of hyper-acute, acute and rehabilitation units with a vast age range. Louise was managing a wide and diverse caseload of acquired brain injury and trauma with varying levels of consciousness, requiring 24 hour support, through to higher level executive deficits with consideration to reintegrating into the community and employment settings.