Amputations, Brain Injury Breach of Duty Care of the Elderly Nursing Home Care Orthopaedics Palliative Care Surgical Nursing Visual impairment
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* Registered General Nurse Level 1 with NMC
* Registered Nurse Lecturer/Educator with NMC
* Science Degree in Health Studies (Nursing)
* Master of Science degree in Health Professional Education
(Including post graduate Diploma in Education)
* Managing children and adolescents with an acquired brain injury
* English National Board 998 Certificate in Teaching and Assessing
* English National Board 176 Certificate in Operating Department Nursing
* Centaur Moving and Handling Primary Trainer
* NVQ – Level 2 in Moving & Handling
* NVQ – Level 2 D32/33 Assessment of Practice and Theory
* NVQ – Level 2 in Remedial Camouflage
* Registered as CIEH Train the Trainer Tutor
* Housing Association National Wardens Certificate
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
I qualified as a state registered general nurse in 1982 and have over 40 years nursing experience having worked within healthcare continuously since qualification. I am a senior nurse expert witness and Lead Case Manager working with adults and children.
I provide expert witness reports for care, OT with aids & equipment and breach of duty nursing reports involving both adults and children.
My particular areas of expertise are acquired brain injury, complex orthopaedic injuries, amputations, spinal injuries, hearing impairment and loss of vision/sight impaired, palliative / end of life care, elderly care and loss of services.
I also prepare breach of duty nursing reports including reporting on issues relating to manual handling, perioperative nursing (theatre / anaesthetic / scrub/ recovery/ day surgery; nursing care for issues before, during and after surgery) and falls and pressure sores. I have worked in and managed a range of residential and nursing homes, including dementia care; my experience includes issues arising from nursing care within a persons own home environment, community settings and within NHS and private sector hospitals.
My nursing career has included senior management positions held within the NHS and independent sectors including operating theatres and surgical in-patient care, endoscopy and care/nursing homes and sheltered accommodation. My last full time clinical post was as the in-patient manager for an NHS independent treatment centre where I was responsible for all in-patient care and had line management responsibilities of all the ward nurses, radiographers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
I have experience of working with clients in the community who have spinal disabilities including those who require mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy and bowel management care.
In addition to my role as an expert witness, I am an experienced lead case manager and immediate needs assessor. I have undertaken a range of case management duties for children, teenagers and adults with acquired brain injury, spinal injury, amputations, cerebral palsy and other complex disabilities. I have worked as a case manager for twelve years and use my experience to improve the lives of my clients and their families by progressing rehabilitation using statutory and privately funded therapists, care providers and appropriate equipment and aids.
I have extensive teaching experience and have undertaken teaching sessions on acquired brain injury for the Children’s Brain Injury Trust and for local schools and care agencies. Whilst working as a training manager for a national training company, I updated all their healthcare courses and devised new courses such as safeguarding children and adults. As a senior lecturer in the Critical Care Division at the University of Central Lancashire, I was course leader for advanced scrub, scrub and day surgery courses and module leader within the Operating Department Practitioner Diploma course.
I am a consultant manual handling trainer and deliver manual handling ‘Train the Trainer’ courses across the country. I offer bespoke manual handling assessments for clients and offer client centred training packages for carers and personal assistants. I have also developed competency training programmes for carers/support workers of clients who have spinal disabilities. I have also worked in higher education as a senior lecturer running day surgery and theatre courses.
In 1996 my son suffered an extensive traumatic brain injury. This left him with a left hemiplegia and a raft of recognised symptoms resulting from his acquired brain injury. My personal experiences have provided me with additional knowledge of dealing with an acquired brain injury and knowledge of education and support for students with disabilities, statutory benefits and entitlements; supported living arrangements, living independently with personal assistants and employment. More recently, my husband has become an amputee and is registered as being visually impaired. This provides me with up to date knowledge around the care requirements of such disabilities and the available statutory provision.
I am committed to continual professional development and have achieved numerous clinical, managerial and educationally based accredited qualifications throughout my extensive career. I achieved the first ever degree level course in ‘Managing Children and Young People with an Acquired Brain Injury’ run by Northampton University. I have also completed British Sign Language level 1 to communicate with my deaf clients.
I have undergone training in the medico legal process, and I am aware of my responsibilities as an expert witness under the Civil Procedure Rules. 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