Brain Injury, Dementia Care Spinal Injury
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2004)
MSc Advancing Practice- Neuro- Physiotherapist. (2010)
PhD Stroke Rehabilitation (2014)
Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
Member of Health Professional Council (HCPC)
Member of Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (AACP)
Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology (ACPIN)
Member of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapy
I am an experienced specialist Neuro Physiotherapist with clinical practice since qualification covering both hospital and community settings in the NHS and in private practice in the UK and Europe.
I have worked with patients with a wide range of disabilities and neurological conditions.
In addition to my clinical position I provide Civil Procedure compliant expert Neuro Physiotherapy reports on treatment needs and also breach of duty reports.
My areas of experience include:
* Stroke Care
* Brain Injury
* Spinal Cord Injury
* Cerebral Palsy
* Orthopaedic injuries
* Degenerative Neurological Conditions
I currently work as an Associate Professor and Programme Director at the University of St Mary’s and the Physiotherapy Department. I also work as a Consultant Physiotherapist providing advice in complex cases in Neuro rehabilitation at private settings and care homes to patients who have suffered traumatic brain or spinal injury or other neurological conditions.
I also work part-time as a senior Neuro Specialist Physiotherapist at a large private London hospital that specialises in critical care and neurosurgery.
I am also the Director and treating therapist of a private physiotherapy business and a private multidisciplinary team of therapists providing home visits and consultations.
As Head Therapist at the Rehabilitation Unit I was responsible for patients with conditions that include Stroke, Brain and Spinal Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. I am involved in care pathways with specialist clinics that include spasticity and acupuncture clinics and hydrotherapy. I have been actively involved in the creation of care pathways for Stroke and Spinal Cord injured patients.
My further specialist skills include:
* Splinting / Casting
* Functional Electrical Stimulation
* Spasticity Management.
* Botulinum Toxin Injections
* Gait Re-education
* Positioning Management
* Posture and Seating Assessment and Equipment Review * Patient aftercare
I am responsible for training, mentoring and supervision of Physiotherapists in my team and members of the interdisciplinary team.
My previous experience includes working at a Midlands community rehabilitation hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient Neuro Physiotherapy assessment and treatment.
Throughout my practice I have worked closely with multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams.
I understand my duties as an expert witness under the Civil Procedure Rules and have undertaken training in the role of an expert witness.
I regularly undertake training to ensure my skills and knowledge are current and to maintain my professional development. I completed a PhD in 2014 looking at the role of upper limb motor control and function in stroke recovery using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and Mirror Therapy (MT) with pre and post intervention MRIs looking on brain plasticity related changes.
I have been involved in various presentations and teaching projects designed and delivered to university undergraduates and Neuro clinicians colleagues in the UK and Worldwide.
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