Cara Lawrence

Occupational Therapy Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Cara qualified in 2011 from the University of East Anglia. Since qualifying she has worked in various roles in Cambridgeshire, most recently within Community Neurological Rehabilitation.

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Cara started her career as an Occupational Therapist working alongside a Paramedic preventing admissions to hospital, following a fall. This is where she developed her passion for community rehabilitation. In 2015 Cara started within the community neurological rehab team where she saw patients with a range of neurological conditions both acute and chronic.

Cara’s most recent job was being the Occupational Therapy Lead for an Early Supported Discharge team for stroke. Cara is on a local specialist interest group for Vocational Rehab. Cara has also been involved in research supporting a study on Behavioural Activation with people who have had an acquired brain injury.

Research interests

  • Vocational Rehabilitation of those with Neurological Conditions
  • Groups work within Occupational Therapy
  • The role of the support worker
  • Engaging patients who do not attend appointments


  • MSc (Pre-Reg) Occupational Therapy


  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1 – University of East Anglia 2011
  • MSc Module Level 7 Project Management and Research Ethics University of Birmingham 2018

Memberships, editorial boards

  • HCPC registered Occupational Therapist – OT63601
  • Registered member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological conditions

Selected recent publications

Kusec, A., Murphy, F.C., Peers, P.V., Lawrence, C., Cameron, E., Morton, C., Bateman, A., Watson, P. and Manly, T., 2020. Mood, Activity Participation, and Leisure Engagement Satisfaction (MAPLES): a randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial for low mood in acquired brain injury. Pilot and feasibility studies, [e-journal] 6 (1), pp.135. 10.1186/s40814-020-00660-8. <>.