Amputations, Brain Injury Cauda Equina Cerebral Palsy Community Nursing Elderly Patients Orthopaedics Pain Management Palliative Care Spinal Injury Tissue Viability Visual impairment
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* Royal College of Nursing Membership
* Registered General Nurse – Nursing and Midwifery Council
* Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health
* Post Graduate Certificate in Disability Management in work and rehabilitation.
* Accredited Mediator
* Advanced Registered Practitioner Membership of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
* Expert witness training in report writing and giving evidence.
*Member of CMSUK
I have over 30 years of clinical nursing experience working in a variety of acute clinical settings.
I am an advanced member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers, and have mentored trainee case managers.
I have been preparing expert witness reports since 2008 reporting on care, rehabilitation needs and aids and equipment for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. My past and present cases include traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, caudia equina, cerebral palsy and a range of serious orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries, amputations, visual impairment, chronic pain, palliative care, loss of service and major psychological injury.
In addition I prepare breach of duty of reports on nursing care including pressure area care and pressure sore management, falls, elderly care, care home incidents and general nursing.
I have attended numerous case conferences with Counsel, expert meetings, prepared joint statements and given evidence in Court, including the Royal Courts of Justice. I have undergone training in medic legal process and I am aware of my responsibilities as an expert witness under the Civil Procedure Rules. I also attend regular training courses and conferences in order to continue my professional development. In addition I have given evidence at Employment Tribunal.
I maintain my clinical skills by working as an independent case manager, a role I have been in since 1999, this has included rehabilitation case management in person injury and clinical negligence cases under single or joint instruction.
I have extensive experience of planning, coordinating and evaluating a complex rang of care and rehabilitation interventions. This has also included preparing and managing care budgets. Cases have included:
* Spinal injuries all levels (paediatric and adult).
* Traumatic brain injury (paediatric and adult) to include walking wounded / high level physical functional difficulties / cognitive difficulties and minimal awareness.
* Cerebral Palsy (Paediatric and Adult)
* Respiratory diseases / Mesothelioma / COAD/ Pulmonary Embolism / Carcinoma
* Tracheostomy / Ventilated clients
* Learning disabilities (paediatric and adult).
* Elderly care including dementia.
* Palliative care
* Orthopaedic Injuries (paediatric and adult).
* Complex compartmental syndrome.
* Amputees (paediatric and adult).
I have set up care regimes, including recruitment, training and management of carers, and discharging the responsibilities of the client in their role as employer. This has included care for just a few hours per week to 24-hour care teams in complex cases.
I have also been involved in the development and delivery of training programmes for disability clients and their carers.
In my role as a case manager, I have devised structured, goal focused activity programmes for clients. These programmes have enabled therapeutic tasks to be included in everyday activities with an appropriate level of support.
I have extensive experience of working with colleagues from various professional backgrounds in order to meet the needs of their clients.
I have undertaken risk assessments, aimed at promoting the client’s independence whilst creating the safest possible environment and implementing risk controls.
I have extensive experience liaising with legal teams and understanding the medico-legal process, in order to provide effective support to the client during what can be a highly stressful time.
I have liaised with schools and participated in review meetings for disabled children and ensuring their medical needs are met.
I have worked alongside architects to offer advice on aspects of disability adaptions relevant to the client and their carers.
I have considerable experience in Vocational Rehabilitation, including work reintegration consultancy, disability assessments for employers, advising on workplace and job adjustments to accommodate people with a disability, return to work programmes and stress management.
Earlier in my career I established a job coaching service for disabled job seekers involved in Job Centre programmes. This service won a national award.
I have undertaken disability and rehabilitation assessments and rehabilitation case management for insurers, as part of the claims management process within the income protection sector.
I have also reviewed medical records and provided reports for creditor insurance companies.
In addition, I have recruited and trained a nationwide network of nurses to carry out disability assessments.
I attend regular professional and personal development forums and seminars pertinent to work and of specialist interest.
I have a flexible approach in order to meet the needs of the individual and developed a speciality for handling those cases, which require a more intensive approach.
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