Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy Learning Disabilities Orthopaedics Visual impairment
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
BSc Occupational Therapy (1998)
Post Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (2006)
Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration (2013)
Member of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
Member of RCOT Specialist Section – Independent Practice
Member of RCOT Specialist Section – Housing
Heath Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered
Member of The British Association Of Brain Injury Case Managers
I am a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 20 years’ experience working in acute and community hospital settings, specialist units, and schools. I specialise in working with infants, children, and adolescents affected by accident, trauma, disability, sensory and physical impairments and life limiting conditions.
I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Occupational Therapy reports for the Court covering a wide variety of injuries in personal injury and clinical negligence cases involving infants, children, and adolescents. I also prepare paediatric-related Breach of Duty Occupational Therapy reports. I understand the litigation process and my duties under the Civil procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
I have experience in the following clinical conditions for infants, children, and adolescents:
* Acquired and congenital brain injury
* Cerebral Palsy
* Physical and sensory impairments
* Orthopaedic injuries
* Sensory processing / modulation differences
* Autistic spectrum disorders
* Chromosome aberrations
* Learning disabilities including dyslexia and dyspraxia
* Impaired mobility
* Visual and hearing impairments
* Progressive neurological diseases
* Life limiting conditions
In addition to my expert witness role I work as a case manager and an Independent Occupational Therapist Practitioner.
I have extensive Occupational Therapy experience working in diverse settings including child development teams in health and social care, in education, the charity sector, and privately. As a persons need decrees I work closely with Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Specialist Medical Practitioners, Rehabilitation Engineers, Social Workers, and other health professionals.
I have gained specialist skills assessing and prescribing special equipment to support the needs of individuals with impairments. This includes simple or complex equipment for daily living and may include specialist seating for optimum function and for relaxation, items to support development of bathing, toileting, personal care, moving and handling, sleep arrangements, managing stairs, vehicle access or mobility concerns. I contribute to design solutions for custom adaptation of equipment and evaluate products new to the market.
I have worked for the Charity Whizz-Kidz and represented the organisation as mobility therapist for Wales. In this role I was involved in assessment, prescription and delivery of mobility equipment which included trikes, specialist manual and hi-tech powered wheelchairs, specialist seating and environmental controls.
To improve inclusion and accessibility for those with difficulties negotiating their environment I have extensive experience assessing individuals in their homes, education environments or work places and making detailed recommendations for specific minor and major building adaptations to meet their needs. In addition, I have regularly contributed to the design of new-build projects for housing associations creating unique spaces to enhance the management of care for individuals with disability. I have worked closely with architects, surveyors and builders to create realistic solutions and optimum living environment for individuals with lifelong impairments and disabilities. I assess and review the equipment/products suitable to support an individual’s functional needs to fit in with the design of the home or environmental adaptation.
I have managed multidisciplinary teams of clinicians and have provided clinical support and supervision to team members on a daily and formal basis, participating in professional development reviews, developing new processes and documentation to support changing service delivery, reviewing and revising policies and protocols and participating in the recruitment and selection process of new therapists and support staff.
I have worked at Cardiff University as an Occupational Therapist Lecture Practitioner
I am committed to ongoing Continual Professional Development activities and maintain my Occupational Therapy clinical skills and knowledge through participating in variety of learning events and by continuing to engage in clinical work as an independent practitioner.
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