Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Christine Nicholson: 19.06.1954 to 11.12.2007

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Christine Nicholson: 19.06.1954 to 11.12.2007

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Christine Nicholson trained at Liverpool College of Occupational Therapy and worked as an occupational therapist for 30 years.

After qualifying, her first job was at Sharoe Green Hospital, Preston, where she worked in general medicine and older people's rehabilitation. Two years later, in 1977, she moved to the community occupational therapy service based at Great Harwood Health Centre near Blackburn, where she gained a wide range of experience.

In 1983, following the birth of her second daughter, she resumed work at Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire, where she welcomed the opportunity to work with patients from the acute phase of illness to their return to the community.

Another career change brought Chris to Park Lee Hospital, Blackburn, in 1984, where she remained until 1998, when the wards were closed, and transferred to Royal Blackburn Hospital. During her time at Park Lee Hospital, she was involved with the development of a specialist stroke rehabilitation unit, which at that time was pioneering work for the occupational therapy service. She was very passionate about and committed to stroke care and laid the foundations of the stroke service, which continues today.

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Owing to ill health, she had to change her career direction, but once again her expertise and dedication were used in the development of occupational therapy, this time in cardiac rehabilitation. …

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