Gemma Burton – Specialist Occupational Therapist

Gemma started working at Second Chance Headway in April 2016. Her career pathway has led her through a variety of settings providing her with valuable knowledge and experience as an Occupational Therapist with a specialist interest in Neurology and Brain Injury. At Second Chance Gemma carries out assessments for rehabilitation and support, providing individualised treatment […]

Sharlene Featherston – Clinical Lead

Sharlene  qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1996 after completing her nursing degree at Newcastle.  She had an initial varied career consolidating her nurse training in medical acute settings and respiratory high dependency and rehabilitation. These roles provided a sound foundation in general nursing needed to allow her to focus on specialising in neurology […]

Peter Taylor – Business Manager

Peter is the Business Manager of the Second Chance Headway Centre.  On leaving School he completed a full engineering apprenticeship and worked in drawing offices before becoming an Engineering Contract Manager.  He was involved in the early days of computer implementations and choose to amalgamate that into his career, additionally training and progressing from IT […]

Shelly Sanderson – Centre Support Worker

Shelly has worked at the centre for over 6 years and began as a volunteer, bringing with it a wealth of experience and understanding to her work at Second Chance as a Centre Support Worker. She completed her NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care in 2013, which helped to develop her brain injury […]

Meral Altilar – Advanced Neuro Specialist Occupational Therapist

Meral joined the Second Chance Headway Centre team in January 2013 after working in the NHS, developing and setting up acute and post-acute rehabilitation brain injury services within the Yorkshire region. Meral has a specialist interest in vocational rehabilitation following brain injury, upper limb dysfunction, persistent disorders of consciousness and complex cognitive impairment. Meral has […]