Amputations, Brain Injury Cerebral Palsy Elderly Patients Mental Health Orthopaedics Spinal Injury
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1986).
* Registered Occupational Therapist with Health and Social Care Professions Council.
* M.Sc (Hons) Counselling and Education ( 1999).
* Member of Spinal Injuries Association, UK.
* Member of British Association of Occupational Therapy with additional membership of Special Interest groups in Private Practice and Trauma and Orthopaedics.
I have 30 years of experience in practice as an Occupational Therapist having worked with adults and children with physical disabilities/physical health needs across both the acute, rehabilitation and community sectors within the NHS. I have also worked with adults and children with mental health issues.
I have worked with a varied caseload from 1986 to the present day enabling clients to optimise their function and improve their quality of life.
I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Occupational therapy reports for the Court
covering a wide variety of complex injuries. The type of conditions I can report on include:
* Traumatic Brain injury
* Major Trauma
* Cerebral Palsy
* Care of the elderly to include Dementia and Alzheimer’s care
* Community Care and Packages of Care Provision
* Orthopaedic Injuries
* Spinal injuries at all levels
* Upper limb and Hand Injuries to include Brachial Plexus Injuries
* Mental Health
* Falls and Manual Handling
* Safe Manual Handling to include safe transfer techniques eg use of hoists and slings
* Home Adaptations and Equipment Provision
* Paediatrics to include Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries
* Head Injuries
I can advise on specialist equipment provision as well as major and minor adaptations including access/ramping/bathroom adaptations.
I can assess for seating and positioning equipment from simple attendant-operated wheelchairs to more complex seating systems for those with increased seating and mobility needs.
I prepare reports in both personal injury and clinical negligence cases. I understand the litigation process and have undergone medico-legal training and understand my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current, and to maintain my professional development.
In addition to my expert role I currently work within the Major Trauma team at a major hospital assessing Occupational Therapy needs as well as follow-up community care and therapy for those patients suffering from major trauma. I also work as an independent occupational therapist providing trauma and paediatric services
I moved to Bermuda in 1990 and worked there for 17 years as an Occupational Therapist. Initially I worked as a hospital-based OT on surgical wards and organised hospital discharges involving access and home visits and after discharge care. My role progressed setting up a paediatric-based occupational therapy service within the Bermuda Department of Health. I also worked with clients with mental health issues and assisted their return to the community including the setting up of a home group.
I returned to work in a Paediatric team within an expanding occupational therapy service specialising in the needs of children being transferred from special schools into mainstream schooling and assisting children in a development centre with the introduction and development of therapy programmes as part of the multidisciplinary team.
For five years I worked in a hospital developing and expanding the therapy and rehabilitation service. This included working closely with other professionals to set up a day hospital to include a falls group and memory clinic. I worked as rehabilitation coordinator supervising over 20 staff in the programme including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and clinical aides. I moved to The British Virgin Islands in 2010 where for three years my practice was hospital based. I was the sole occupational therapist for the Islands treating patients in hospital and carrying out community visits.
Since returning to the UK I initially worked within a small community cottage hospital with elderly patients assessing activities of daily living. I was responsible for organising packages of care as well as providing access and home visits, and supervising junior staff
I have worked as an occupational therapist in major Trauma units including The John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where I currently work, and Stoke Mandeville hospital, working with adults with orthopaedic trauma and polytrauma, hospital discharges, packages of care and provision of equipment to include wheelchairs and seating systems. I have also worked in A & E departments and Emergency Assessment units to assist in preventing hospital admittance.
I have experience of teaching and supporting others to learn and implement therapeutic programmes to include training in manual handling techniques.
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
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Philip Smith – Beauchamps
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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
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‘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
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