Student Occupational Therapist and founding member, AbleOTUK
Natalie Hicks is currently a third year occupational therapy student at the University of Central Lancashire. Within the university, Natalie is a Social Prescribing Champion, a multidisciplinary role which was created this year, and held by a small number of volunteer students, and designed to improve the awareness and knowledge of Social Prescribing within the university. Outside of university Natalie is actively involved in the occupational therapy community, as she is founding member of AbleOTUK a network and advocacy group for occupational therapy staff and students with lived experiences of disabilities and or long term health conditions. Natalie was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) just days before she was married, aged 24. She has a number of associated issues including dysautonomia, migraines, fatigue, dislocations and prolapsed discs. Natalie spends her spare time with her three children, 2 cats and volunteering as a scout leader, and with her local NCT branch (National Childbirth Trust).