About Maggie Cork and Associates Ltd.
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Director: Dr. Maggie Cork BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, DMS, DipM.
Maggie has an honours degree in Psychology from Goldsmiths College; University of London, a doctorate in Psychology (stress management) awarded by the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey. She has studied systemic theories and therapy in Cardiff which has helped to inform both her clinical and organisational practice. Maggie’s research background includes the use of biofeedback in patients with neurological disorders, together with qualitative studies, critical incident review and service evaluations.
Maggie has also studied strategic change in healthcare services at INSEAD, is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the BPS and a member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology. Maggie is also registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.
Maggie has worked in healthcare since qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 1986, and established her own company in 2009; Maggie Cork & Associates Ltd., providing clinical services including clinical neuropsychology, neuropsychological rehabilitation, and psychological therapy, together with occupational health services, coaching and consultancy.
Prior to this she held senior leadership roles including that of NHS Trust Chief Executive for over seven years; firstly in North Derbyshire (running a Community Trust encompassing a wide range of community, mental health and learning disability services) and then in Leicestershire (running a specialist mental health and learning disability services Trust) followed by MD and CEO roles in the specialist independent healthcare sector. The latter roles encompassed mental health and learning disability services alongside substance misuse, acquired brain injury, tier 4 CAMHS and neuro rehabilitation.
Maggie held several national roles including that of the Chair of National Mental Health Partnership, the forerunner of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network. Maggie also held an international role as UK member of the Advisory Board of the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership.
Maggie also held two visiting professorial roles firstly as Special Professor in Organisational and Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham Institute of Work Health and Organisations 2005-2008 and thereafter as Visiting Professor in Psychology at the University of Loughborough Work and Health Research Centre 2008-2020.
Maggie is a Clinical Associate of KPMG and her work with them has included Board development, governance review, specialist strategic and policy advice, subject matter expertise (mental health and learning disabilities) together with advice post-merger, and support to clients undergoing competitive tendering of specialist services.
Maggie was a Director (subsequently Vice-Chair) of the Board of Trustees of Headway Derby, and a member of the Governance Committee, from the autumn of 2016 until July 2018. Maggie is a practising clinician and runs a neuropsychological rehabilitation and psychological therapy service based in the Midlands as well as a specialist occupational health and psychological assessment service nationwide.
Occupational Health Assessments:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fitness to Work/Practice
Psychological adaptation/adjustment to support individuals returning to work
Mental ill health discrimination cases
Assessment of disability following brain trauma
Deterioration through dementia
Neuropsychological impact of viral encephalitis
Addressing differential diagnoses (i.e. dementia versus functional condition)
Memory Clinic Services
Consultancy and Coaching Assignments:
Director Development Programme
Leadership Development & Talent Management Programme
I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working with Maggie personally and professionally and found her to be insightful, thorough and incredibly empathetic in her approach. Maggie explores all avenues and issues with you and ultimately leaves you feeling stronger and more able to deal with what is in front of you.
Whether it is executive coaching or therapy due to divorce, separation or any kind of relationship or communication breakdown – you need Maggie on your side guiding you through the maze of emotions and thought processes that you face to bring you to a safe and secure place.
Maggie adds so much value and her experience gives her an edge which is rarely matched in her field of expertise.
I cannot recommend Maggie highly enough and would particularly recommend her for difficult to engage with/complex clients. Maggie was supportive and empathetic in her approach, and her professionalism was also noted by my client.
Maggie provided psychological therapy for a client of mine with existing personality disorder, and traumatic brain injury which caused multiple mental health issues. My client also suffered from PTSD and required complex treatment to unravel and address underlying and acute issues which were creating barriers in her rehabilitation and overall recovery.
Maggie worked tirelessly to create a trusting and therapeutic relationship with my client, and over a long period of time, equipped my client with the skills, foresight and knowledge to build a new, different and happy life for herself.
Maggie worked closely with myself and the other members of the multi disciplinary team and was always willing to try different approaches in line with the work being undertaken by the client’s Psychiatrist, OT and case manager. Despite her proven expertise, experience and extensive career as a Psychologist, Maggie is always keen to learn from her colleagues, and look for alternative approaches and strategies, to achieve the very best outcomes for her clients.
I would highly recommend Maggie, she is delightful to work with, compassionate, kind, friendly and warm, as well as highly skilled.
Maggie is a highly organised consummate professional and a sharp analytical thinker. She makes light work of the most complex matters for her clients and colleagues. Her findings are delivered in a matter of fact, relatable style, with crystal clear boundaries. She is a supportive colleague, valued team member and when needed, can call upon her innate leadership skills. She is a joy and a pleasure to work with.
Dr Maggie Cork has worked with several of my clients to date with fantastic outcomes. She is highly experienced and this shows in the tailored approach she has taken with each of them. Dr Cork’s style is warm and patient and my clients have made great progress with her. She has worked with myself as a case manager and other professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary approach and her expertise has been of great value. I would not hesitate to refer a client again to her again in the future.
I have known Maggie in her professional capacity for a number of years and have enjoyed working with her in my capacity as an Occupational Therapist. Maggie is an extremely professional, astute, flexible and warm individual. I would be happy to recommend Maggie to any of my colleagues as well as my clients both in my capacity as an OT and Case Manager.
We supported a young lady with a very complex presentation recently. It was a pleasure to work with Maggie and our joint working positively supported my OT interventions with the client and the long-term outcomes of the team’s interventions with the client.