Amputations, Brain Injury Elderly Patients Orthopaedics Palliative Care Spinal Injury
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (2003, University of York St John)
* Certified LSVT Big Clinician
* Registered Occupational Therapist with Health and Social Care Professions Council
* Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
* Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section for Independent Practice
* Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section for Neurological Practice
I have over 16 years of experience in practice as an Occupational Therapist.
I prepare Civil Procedure Compliant Expert Witness Occupational Therapy Reports for the Court covering a wide variety of complex injuries. My areas of specialty are neurological rehabilitation, progressive neurological conditions, amputation, and orthopaedic injury.
The type of injuries/conditions I can report on include
* Acquired Brain Injury
* Traumatic Brain Injury
* Orthopaedic Injury
* Spinal Injury
* Progressive Neurological Disease
* Palliative Care
* Elderly care
* Functional Impacts of Medical Conditions
I currently work as an independent practioner, primarily adults with neurological, orthopaedic and complex medical conditions in the community setting. I also run group exercise therapy programmes and classes for people with neurological conditions, and I am passionate about using functional exercise to help improve my clients’ physical and mental well-being.
I started my career working with adults with physical disabilities/health needs and with older adults with mental health needs, within the NHS and Social Services.
I worked in Brisbane, Australia for 6 years (2007 – 2013), initially in a large private hospital. This role involved acute assessment and rehabilitation of people post stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputation, surgery or illness. I also worked with people with progressive neurological conditions, helping them to maintain a quality of life. This may have been at any stage of their journey, from initial diagnosis right through to management of end of life needs. I was involved in the service development of the hospital’s various inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programmes.
I then successfully ran my own private practice working with clients with a wide range of illness and disability in the community. This involved assessment and treatment of younger and older adults, including but not limited to falls prevention, environmental adaptation, activities of daily living, community access, cognitive impairment (including dementia), palliative care, manual handling and neurological rehabilitation.
Since my return to the UK, I have worked with an NHS Trust Stroke Service, on the acute and rehabilitation wards. I have also been an Approved Disability Assessor for the Department of Work and Pensions.
I have extensive experience in completing home assessments, and providing advice on and/or prescribing a wide range of aids, equipment, and environmental adaptations. My various roles have involved thorough assessment of ADLs, cognition, upper limb function, and functional mobility, all of which are essential in establishing future care needs.
I am skilled in being able to assess for and provide comprehensive rehabilitation programmes to meet the needs of clients and their carers.
The ethos of my practice is always to provide a high-quality occupational therapy service to enable clients to optimise their function and improve their quality of life, whatever their condition or situation.
I understand the litigation process and 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.
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