Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy Paediatrics Spinal Injury
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Qualified physiotherapist having trained in Birmingham and graduated in 1991
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Registration PH50668
Health Professions Council
Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
Certificate in Management Studies CIM
I am a state registered Physiotherapist and have over 25 years experience working as a paediatric Neuro-Physiotherapist.
I am a member of the Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists.
I prepare expert reports in respect of the physiotherapy needs of children with severe and complex neurological disabilities to help the Court assess damages.
I assess and report on a variety of severe and complex disabilities including the physical needs of children who have an acquired impairment or disability including Cerebral Palsy as a result of birth trauma, Erbs palsy, developmental delay, chromosomal abnormalities and degenerative conditions, brain and spinal injuries, brain and spinal tumours. I have extensive experience in therapeutic and postural management, equipment, static and wheelchair seating, and orthotic provision for children with neurological conditions. I also have experience in the treatment of children with social communication disorders and associated neurological conditions that are challenging to work with due to their behaviour.
I prepare reports that describe and quantify the level of physiotherapy treatment required and identify and recommend provisions to meet equipment needs.
I started my general practice as a Physiotherapist within the NHS. I then went to The Royal London Hospital to gain experience in acute paediatrics and then community based within children’s own homes and school.
I later moved into the charitable sector working as Head of Physiotherapy for The Children’s Trust, Tadworth (TCT) for ten years with children with acquired brain and spinal injuries and alongside children with complex developmental delays who attended for respite or to attend The School for Profound Disability onsite.
Following on from my work at TCT, I moved to St George’s Healthcare Trust as Head of Special Schools and Professional Lead for paediatric physiotherapy and then as Head of Children’s therapies before leaving in 2013 to work solely outside of the NHS.
My specialist interest is children with complex disabilities. I maintain my clinical experience working as a case manager, actively managing clients requiring highly complex care and therapy provision and also as an independent treating therapist. I am also a clinical supervisor for a group of educational sites that provide education and therapy to young adults with profound disability throughout the South-East (Orchard Hill College).
I have worked within private paediatric physiotherapy for the last 16 years, working with clients with a variety of neurological disabilities, many of whom I have worked with for the whole of that period. I provide both hands-on therapy and reports for health or education, particularly in complex cases where there may be a tribunal or educational statement. I have a high level of hands-on clinical expertise through working intensively with clients to achieve physical and functional goals.
Within my hands-on interventions I also utilise serial casting, hydrotherapy, and hippotherapy to support clients to achieve their physical best.
Prior to and since working as an expert witness and case manager, I have worked with a variety of health and social care professionals and have accumulated a good knowledge of the holistic care required to support clients. I have also managed therapists working in social services and have thereby gained a good level of knowledge of statutory provisions and equipment.
I am committed to providing comprehensive reports to my clients and ensure that they are enabled to lead a high quality of life .
Since qualifying, I have strived to continually learn as much as possible about a wide variety of conditions, services and equipment to ensure that my clients receive the best possible care. I take pride in my extensive knowledge and ensuring that it is up to date. I have undertaken expert witness training in the medico-legal process, which most recently has included updated training in excellence in report writing and giving evidence in 2016. I have an ongoing commitment to regular attendance at relevant seminars and conferences to maintain and update my expertise.
I understand my duties as an expert witness under Part 35 of The Civil Procedure
I am happy to travel to any parts of the country to provide reports.
I am efficient in the production of reports and can work happily to deadlines.
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
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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
Your report was superb thank you. I’m so very grateful to you for covering so very clearly and thoroughly all the possible outcomes of this complex case – and also the consistency with the medical evidence.
Ms L Jackson – Hockfield & Co
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you again and we thank you for your expert assistance. Your assistance has enabled us to provide what is a fabulous settlement for our client which will provide him with lifelong financial security.
Kate Nicklin – Slater & Gordon
‘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