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 practiced in the National Health Service (NHS) and private hospital and community settings for 16 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 St George’s University of London. This was secondary to a successful application and interview to be seconded from her clinical position to a year full time, fully funded, university programme.
Before embarking on the world of private practice, Natasha’s last facility based 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.’