Amputations, Brain Injury Cerebral Palsy Orthopaedics
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Occupational Therapist BSc Hons degree – Oxford Brooks University 1996
British Wheel of Yoga teacher, gaining a diploma in 2011.
British Association of Occupational Therapists member since 1996
Health Professions Council Registration No. OT26211
British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers since 2007
Expert Witness training with Bond Solon.
I have over 20 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist, and for over ten years have combined continuing to work in the NHS with independent expert witness and Case Management and Occupational Therapy. I have dealt with a wide variety of injuries including:
* Traumatic Brain injury (Paediatric Young Adults and Adults) to include Walking Wounded / High Level Physical Functional Difficulties /Cognitive difficulties and Behavioural Difficulties
* Cerebral Palsy. (Paediatric and Adult)
* Progressive Neurological Diseases.
* Learning disabilities. (Paediatric and Adult)
* Orthopaedic Injuries. (Paediatric and Adult)
* Amputees. (Paediatric and Adult)
I am a member of The British Society of Brain Injury case managers.
I am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses. I have undertaken training for expert witnesses and continue my professional development through attending regular conferences and workshops targeted to those working in the field of medical litigation.
Fundamental experiences that ignited my passion for working alongside people who experience disability included time I spent as a young person (13yrs onwards) providing support and care to a girl born with cerebral palsy. I also met people in my local ‘deaf community’, learning British sign language and then employment from 16yrs working as a home support worker for Mencap Homes Foundation supporting clients with a wide range of complex and challenging learning disabilities.
I continued to be privileged in having a wide range of opportunities working as an occupational therapist in all major areas of health care provision. These included paediatric & adult patient groups in physical and psychiatric settings, both in acute hospital settings and in the community. I have also been fortunate to live and work as an Occupational Therapist in the United States for several years where I worked with the diverse population of patients within the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Healthcare system.
This professional experience has enabled me to fully appreciate the uniqueness of each patient scenario and to develop a deep understanding of what a truly ‘holistic’ approach (body, mind, spirit) really means in practice.
I have worked in the field of Case Management since 2006, holding a range of cases including those following traumatic brain injury as well as after significant orthopaedic injury. In all cases the emphasis is on formulating a tailored to fit, robust but flexible rehabilitation and care plan following a process of deep listening and reflection on the information gathered.
I have Case Management experience pre and post-settlement and regularly attend conferences and workshops targeted to those working in this field.
I continue to work part time in the NHS, most recently working in the community as part of an integrated therapy service. This allows me to maintain a diverse network of professional contacts and for my clinical skills to be continually updated.
What our clients say...
Dear Kathy … I just wanted to say thank you so much for your patience and assistance over the past few days. Your evidence was excellent
Sinead Swan – Ivor Fitzpatrick
Dear Jodie, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you for the ‘work’ which you put into my case and endeavoured to help the case come to a successful conclusion. it is wonderful that my two daughters and rest of my family now have some Justice for Bryan’s untimely death. Somewhat difficult to believe what has just happened after five years. Very many thanks, kind regards and good wishes for Christmas
PS Client Feedback
Hi Sue, you were first class. Also regards to Maggie Sargent and her premier quality team!
Philip Smith – Beauchamps
Maggie Sargent is a star – not just a leader in her field but a legend – her experience is unmatched, her knowledge impressive and her application sophisticated.
Paul Paxton – Stewarts
Can I take this opportunity in thanking you on behalf of our client and his parents. You did a tremendous job. We could not have achieved such a high settlement without your skill, expertise, and input. The family are very grateful to you
Paul McNeil – Fieldfisher
I have worked with Maggie Sargent for more that 25 years. She is the best expert I have ever instructed. She is exceptional in court and brilliant with clients. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Partner, Field Fisher
‘The Claimant’s evidence as to the value of the nursing care she provided to Mr Grant was given by Ms Jodie Brookes. She is a registered nurse. The majority of her career has been spent managing care facilities in the private sector. She specialises in palliative care and has considerable experience nursing patients with mesothelioma. Ms Brookes gave careful and impressive oral evidence. She made concessions where appropriate, yet demonstrated that her conclusions were based on a careful review both of the medical notes and of what the Claimant had told her when she visited’.
Judgement of Martin Chamberlain QC
On Friday 28th June 2019 I was visited by one of your colleagues, Mrs Sue Tomkinson. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, and how both my wife and I were very pleased with Mrs Tomkinson. We have never been in this situation before, and the thought of a stranger asking questions, some of them very personal questions, and poking around in our private lives was a thought that quite frankly filled us with dread. Our fears were soon quelled, and we were put at ease by the empathic way in which she asked her questions. We feel that all the aspects of our needs were thoroughly assessed in a very professional and friendly manner. She is a credit to your company, and I would like her permanent record to reflect our comments, thanking you
DWG Client Feedback
Dear Kathy – This is just to let you know that my client has accepted a significant seven figure sum to conclude his case. Both he and I wanted to thank you for your invaluable contribution towards his case because he could not have achieved such a good result without your skilful clinical assessment and attention to detail. Kind regards
Dickinson Solicitors Ltd