Abby Fisher

BA (Hons), Dip COT, HCPC Reg

Care and Occupational Therapy Consultant

Abby is a state registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years post-graduate clinical and leadership experience in the rehabilitation of people with disability. She also works for Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer for the North West Occupational Therapy degree apprenticeship.

Abby has worked in a number of NHS trusts across the Greater Manchester region, including five years as Professional Lead at an acute NHS hospital trust managing the department of Occupational Therapy staff working within Neurological Rehabilitation, Stroke, Orthopaedics and Medicine. She was also Operational Lead for Integrated Stroke Therapies and Carer’s Lead for the Trust. Abby’s clinical team has consistently met the highest national standards in Stroke rehabilitation and she has worked closely with the Greater Manchester Operational Delivery Network for Stroke – with a particular interest in Specialist Seating. Abby has also been involved with the centralisation of Stroke services within Greater Manchester and was lead Occupational Therapist for setting up one of the Primary Stroke Centres. She has been involved in research as Principal Investigator, set up training programmes and presented at conference on several occasions. She also worked with Salford University as student coordinator and was AHP Lead for multiple quality improvement programs for the care of persons with disability. Abby has been involved in many service re-designs and TUPE reorganisations.

Abby has expert level skills in assessment of functional abilities and limitations, particularly for persons who have suffered neurological injuries but across various medical and surgical conditions. She has led teams of clinicians and support workers to assess and deliver the rehabilitation and care of persons with disability, working closely with family, carers, local authority, NHS Continuing Healthcare and private care agencies. She has advanced knowledge and skills in risk assessment, moving and handling – also aids and equipment. Along with having experience of advising other clinicians, carers and family on complex risk assessment and moving and handling – she has also created guidelines in such areas. She has over two decades of experience in formulating care and rehabilitation plans for individuals with disability arising from various illness and injuries. Abby also has a special interest in mental capacity.

Abby is particularly proud of leading a project to set up a garden project for Stroke patients. She organised the three peak challenge to raise funds and the garden was opened by the local Mayor on the NHS’s 70th birthday. When she isn’t working – Abby enjoys travelling, music, gardening, reading, yoga and spending time outdoors with her family.

Abby is instructed by both Claimant and Defendant Lawyers for personal injury and clinical negligence cases. She is fully compliant with the CPR rules for the experts in medico-legal reporting.

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