Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy Erbs Palsy Learning Disabilities Orthopaedics
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Member of The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapy
Member of The Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapy
Member of The Health and Social Care Professions Council (HPCP)
I am an experienced Children’s Physiotherapist with over 20 years post-qualification experience in treating children with neurological, neurodevelopmental, neuromuscular, and orthopaedic conditions in the community.
In addition to my current clinical roles I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Physiotherapy reports for the Court covering a wide variety of complex neurological and orthopaedic injuries. I use the standardised outcome measure to assess a child’s functional difficulties to quantify the physiotherapy requirement and the equipment provision to improve their quality of life and care. I provide Physiotherapy quantum and breach of duty reports. I understand my duties under Part 35 of The Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.
I have worked in my current NHS role since 2004. I am involved in planning, developing and evaluating the children and young persons physiotherapy service with responsibility for defining and delegating projects. The service includes children with special needs across a range of conditions including cognitive impairment and physical disabilities. I work closely with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams providing specialist advice on patient care.
I am responsible for the line management and supervision of team members, which includes clinical supervision, professional leadership, and personal development plans.
I am proficient in using standardised assessment tools, wheelchair assessment, postural care management, plaster casting, orthotics, gait analysis, functional electrical stimulation (FES), neuro developmental treatment (NDT) and moving and handling (M&H). I coordinate and run Lycra and Orthopaedic clinics.
I also work in independent private practice treating children up to the age of 18.
I am committed to providing the best care to children with disabilities to enable them to have a better quality of life and I liaise closely with clients, family, carers, case managers, other health care professionals and services to plan, coordinate, and facilitate rehabilitation.
I am experienced in writing EHCP reports on behalf of the NHS and trained to write reports for Tribunals.
I attend regular training and seminars in order to maintain and advance my professional development. Over the last 20 years I have been regularly involved in academic research activities and have presented on a variety of platforms and published articles in peer reviewed journals. I completed a non-medical clinical academic career internship programme in 2013 and a Masters in clinical research in 2015. These programmes have helped me to gain knowledge and skills in research methodology (quantitative & qualitative), statistical analysis, ethics and clinical governance. I am currently developing a protocol to do a systematic review in machine learning for children with neurological disorders.
Rathinam C, Mohan V, Peirson J. Subash-Nethaji K, Skinner J, Kuhn I. Effectiveness of Virtual Reality in the treatment of hand function in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review. J Hand Ther. 2018 Jul 13. pii: S0894-1130(17)30107-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2018.01.006.
Rathinam C, Bateman A, Peirson J. Skinner J. Observational Gait Assessment Tools in Paediatrics – A systematic Literature Review. Gait Posture. 2014 Jun;40(2):279-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.04.187
Rathinam C, Spokes G, Bridges S. Green DA. Effects of Lycra Body Suit Orthosis on a Child with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Case Study. J Prosthet Orthot. 2013 Jan 25(1):58-61. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0b013e31827b5946
Rathinam C, Nair N, Gupta A, Joshi S, Bansal S. Self reported Motorcycle Riding Behaviour Among School children in India. Accid Anal Prev. 2007 Mar;39(2):334-9. DOI:10.1016/j.aap.2006.09.002
Pearson N, Rathinam C, Mares K, Comparison of efficacy of intra-articular injections of hyaluronic acid versus corticosteroids in the treatment of osteoarthritic carpometacarpal joint of the thumb: A systematic review http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015015748#.VZB2JPlViko (completed in 2015 but not published yet)
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
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