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 plans, undertaking one to one sessions, group therapy sessions, attending reviews and liaising with various outside agencies and professionals. Gemma uses her knowledge gained as a Case Manager to support members going through the litigation process. Gemma has a specialist interest in Cognitive Rehabilitation and will be undergoing further training to expand and update her current practice.



1993 BTEC Nat DIP in Social Care

1997 NVQ Level 3 in Rehabilitative Care

2003 BSc Hons Occupational Therapy


Relevant Training

2014 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Training

2014 Advanced Communication Skills Training

2015 Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for people with brain injuries

2015 Litigation Unravelled


Career Path

1994-2002            Rehabilitation Worker: Oakwood Cheshire Services Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit

2003-2005          Rotational Occupational Therapist, Harrogate and District Hospital, Harrogate

2005-2010            Specialist Occupational Therapist, Lascelles Neurorehabilitation Unit, Harrogate

2010-2014            Specialist Occupational Therapist, The Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract

2014-2016            Brain Injury Case Manager, J S Parker Ltd, Sheffield

2016-present     Specialist Occupational Therapist, Second Chance Headway Centre, Wakefield