Dr Cara PelserBSc. PGCert. DClinPsych. CPsychol

  • Areas Covered:
  • Chorley
  • Personal Injury Assessment (Psychological)
  • Medical Negligence

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Typical areas of involvement

  • Personal Injury (Adults and Children)
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Road Accident
  • Effects of Automatism in Traffic Situations
  • Work Accident
  • Housing Stress
  • Psychological Aspects of Medical Negligence
  • Chronic Pain
  • Reliability of Witness
  • Employment Cases
  • Neuropsychological/psychometric assessment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Psychological therapy for acceptance and adjustment following injury/illness
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Working with families and carers following injury/illness
  • Working with functional neurological disorders
  • Active committee member at Headway Blackburn with Darwen, 2010-present

Employment History

2016 – Current

Clinical Psychologist, St Helens and Knowsley Community                                Specialist Rehabilitation Service, Cheshire and Merseyside

Rehabilitation Network, Bridgewater Community Healthcare

NHS Foundation Trust

  •  2014 – 2016

    Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool Community Specialist

    Rehabilitation Team, Seddon Suite Rehabilitation Ward,

    Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Cheshire and Merseyside

    Rehabilitation Network, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

    2011 – 2014

    Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool University, Mersey

    Care NHS Foundation Trust,

    2009 – 2011

    Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, IAPT services, Healthy Minds Team, East Lancashire NHS Trust

    2008 - 2009

    Rehabilitation Coach, Transitional Rehabilitation Unit Ltd,



Koch HCH, Medley A and Pelser C (2020)

Legal Mind Case & Commentary No.29 Risks of Unbalanced and Misleading Expert Evidence. PIBULJ. May 2020.

Koch HCH, Laraway A, Pelser C and Lamswood S (2018).

Assessing distress post-cyber breaches. Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 20. Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal, 2018.

  • Pelser, C. & Whitelock, A. (2017)

    Adjusting to life after illness or injury. Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network Information Leaflet, available online; https://www.cmrehabnetwork.nhs.uk/Patient-information-leaflets-i10.html

    Brunsden, C.L, Kiemle, G. & Mullin, S. (2015)

    Male Partner Experiences of Females with an Acquired Brain Injury; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

    Brunsden, C.L (2011).

    Can IAPT be expanded to meet the needs of people with an acquired brain injury? Clinical Psychology Forum.

Recent Training Courses

Honorary Lecturer; teaching on the Level 7 Masters course “Complex Rehabilitation in a Multi-disciplinary Context”, Liverpool John Moores University, ongoing. Leading at the Speed of Trust, FranklinCovey, two day course, 2018. Supervisor training, Lancaster University, 2017. Sex and sexuality following acquired brain injury, Headway training, 2015. Completed Expert Witness Training Seminars (The Role and Duty of the Expert Witness; Skills in Report Writing; Skills in preparing Joint Statements; Cross-examination and Courtroom Skills)

Professional Qualifications


Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology University of Glasgow


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Liverpool

  • 2009-2010

    Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health Practice UCLAN


    Psychology BSc Durham University


  • British Psychological Society, Membership Number: 241985
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council, Registration Number
  • Full member of the Division of Neuropsychology, British Psychological Society

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