PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Registered Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the Royal Association of Occupational Therapists
Member of Specialist Housing Section, RCOT SS Housing
BAHT Level 1 Hand Therapy October 2019
Masters module in postural management, University of West England 2010
NVQ Assessor D32/33 in Promoting Independence 2004
BSc Social Science and Social Welfare, Open University 1996
Diploma of Occupational Therapy, Dorset House, Oxford 1981
I am a registered Occupational Therapist. In addition to my clinical practice I provide expert witness reports on Occupational Therapy and Liability Occupational Therapy reports. I understand the litigation process and my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert Witness and Part 35
- Long term, chronic and life limiting conditions
- Moving and Handling (M&H)
- Provision of disability equipment and techniques to reduce risk and maximise independence
- Major and minor housing adaptations including Disabled Facility Grants.
- Care needs assessments
- Advising care agencies and care homes regarding moving and handling and equipment
Community Occupational Therapist (OT)
Since 1999 I have worked in front line Adult Social Care. I worked with a wide range of conditions resulting in loss of mobility and function, sometimes within the context of complex housing and social needs. In my early career, I worked for eight years as a Mental Health OT. During an assessment, I consider the relationship between physical and mental health and how this may affect functional ability.
Clinical Project Officer
March 2017 -Sep 2018, I worked as a Clinical Project Officer to review the disability equipment provision for an NHS Trust. My remit was to ensure that the Commissioners’ drive to reduce the equipment budget took place without compromising client safety, well being and quality of intervention.
Moving and Handling – I am experienced in assessment and provision of equipment including hoists, overhead tracking, stand aids, profiling beds and in-bed systems.
Adaptations – This includes major adaptations such as through floor lifts, stair lifts, ramps, level access showers and other structural requirements. Minor adaptations include grab rails and steps. I have worked closely with local authorities, housing associations, Grant Officers, Surveyors and other agencies involved in adaptations. Although my work was mainly with physical problems, I also worked with clients who had learning disabilities and head injuries in the context of housing adaptations.
Multidisciplinary Working – As a community OT I have worked closely with Social Workers, Nurses, Physiotherapists and charities. I have also joint worked with other specialisms such as environmental controls and Telecare.
I attend regular training courses and conferences in order to continue 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
Thanks for your support on this. You may like to note that the case settled for a value that reflected the evidence Mr Webb gave being accepted in full by the court
Simon Harrington, Irwin Mitchell
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