Rachel O'Brien


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  • Complex orthopaedic injuries including multiple trauma.
  • Upper and lower limb amputations.
  • Upper limb and hand injuries.
  • Spinal injuries.
  • Cauda Equina.
  • Internal injuries.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Loss of services in fatal accident claims.
  • Associated respiratory.
  • Associated brain injury.
  • Associated mental health.
  • Associated visual and/or hearing impairment.

Clinical Currency Statement

As at March 2022, I am engaged in the role of Case Manager for Tania Brown Limited for an average of 60 hours per month.  I also work as an Independent Occupational Therapist for an average of 5 hours per month.


Specific Injuries Experience

Employment Profile

Qualifications and Membership

  • PhD, University of Derby (2004).
  • MSc, University of Derby (1996).
  • Post-graduate certificate in professional practice (adult learning qualification), University of Derby (1996).
  • Post-graduate certificate in health care research, Sheffield Hallam University (1992).
  • Diploma College of Occupational Therapists, Derby School of Occupational Therapy (1988).
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).
  • College of Occupational Therapists – Specialist Section – Work (COT-SS-Work).
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Career History


Rachel has spoken at seven conferenceS, presented on four occasions and has five publications.


  • BHPR regional conference Leeds June 29. Work Rehabilitation in Inflammatory Arthritis: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (2016).
  • Health & Well Being conference, Birmingham, March 3 & 4. The Development & Evaluation of a Work Retention programme for Employed People with Inflammatory (2015).
  • Health & Well Being conference, Birmingham, March 4 & 5. Vocational Rehabilitation & Hip Surgery (2014).
  • Health and Wellbeing Conference, Birmingham. Evaluating the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation provided by the NHS in assisting those with inflammatory arthritis to stay in work (2013).
  • The College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Glasgow. WORK-IA: developing a trial of work rehabilitation in inflammatory arthritis (IA)(2013).
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association Conference, Manchester. Development of a vocational rehabilitation training programme for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)(2013).
  • British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Conference, Liverpool. Work Rehabilitation in Work-related Neck and Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs)(2008).


  • EULAR Work rehabilitation in Inflammatory arthritis: A pilot randomised controlled trial. (2014).
  • The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Glasgow. Development of a vocational training programme for occupational therapists (2013).
  • Contributing author: The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Glasgow. Low secure patient’s motivations to attend occupational groups (2013).
  • The European League against Rheumatism (Eular) Conference, London. Modifying the work environment survey – Rheumatic conditions for use in the UK (2013).


  • I want to work: A vocational rehabilitation case study following a brachial plexus injury. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitiation (2017) – Link here.
  • 2015- Regional Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes. Module 4 Oesch P, Vlaeyen J, O’Brien R, McCabe C. Link here.
  • The Development and Evaluation of a Vocational Rehabilitation Training Programme for Rheumatology Occupational Therapists. Musculoskeletal Care (2013). O’Brien R, Woodbridge S, Hammond A, Culley J, Adkin J.
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy intervention for Fibromyalgia in Rheumatology: Evidence-based Practice for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists (2010). McVeigh J, O’Brien R.
  • The De Quervain’s Screening Tool: validity and reliability of a measure to support clinical diagnosis and management. Musculoskeletal Care.6.155-167 (2008). Batteson (O’Brien) R, Hammond A, Burke F, Sinha S.

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