Brain Injury, Care of the Elderly Dementia Care Palliative Care Stroke
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Salford University, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (2001)
Registered Occupational Therapist with The Health and Social Care Professional Council
Member of The British Association of Occupational Therapists.
I am a qualified Occupational Therapist with over 18 years of experience in assessing the needs of individuals with a wide range of disabilities. I prepare Civil Procedure complaint expert witness Occupational Therapy, quantum and liability reports for the court on a wide range of injuries in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
The types of injuries/conditions I report on include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
General medical conditions and their functional implications
I currently work as an Advanced Occupational Therapist on a Stroke Rehabilitation Unit. I complete specialist, standardised and non-standardised assessments, working both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to ensure a quality service is provided in line with National Service Guidelines and quality markers.
Whilst I currently specialise in stroke care, I also complete regular assessments and treatment plans for a range of alternative specialities, including Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Palliative Care, Orthopaedic and general medical conditions.
I am experienced in completing neurological, cognitive, upper limb, functional mobility / transfers and activities of daily living assessments and treatment plans; completing risk assessments and setting achievable and realistic, patient centred, goals.
I complete assessments of home environments and make recommendations for future care, equipment and adaptations, in order to maximise an individual’s quality of life and independence within the home.
I complete complex discharge planning to maximise a patient’s independence in daily activities; ensuring all care and equipment needs are in place on discharge from hospital. This involves working closely with clients, carers and outside agencies to ensure appropriate support is available.
I attend regular service development meetings within Occupational Therapy and on behalf of the Stroke Service. I aim to provide a high-quality Occupational Therapy service that will optimise a person’s independence, safety and quality of life.
Prior to my current role, I worked in large NHS hospitals as a rotational Occupational Therapist, covering acute Neurology, acute stroke and rehabilitation. This enabled me to gain experience of working with clients of all ages, within the acute hospital environment, in the community, in patient’s homes and within an out-patient setting. I worked with clients to provide a variety of equipment and management strategies in order to facilitate symptom management and to maintain their independence in the longer term.
I have prepared and delivered numerous internal training sessions and I attend regular training courses and conferences to ensure that my skills and knowledge remain in line with current evidence-based practice and to maintain my continuous professional development.
I regularly complete clinical and managerial supervision and training for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. I am trained in Non-Managerial Clinical Supervision and have delivered two-day training courses aimed at developing supervision skills and enhancing learning in qualified Occupational Therapists.
I have undertaken expert witness training and I understand my responsibilities as an expert witness under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
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