Industrial Disease, Palliative Care
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Royal College of Nursing – Full Membership
Registered General Nurse – Nottingham School of Nursing
NVQ level 4- Care Management
NVQ level 4- Advice and Guidance
Nursing and Midwifery Council registered. Reg No: OOBO 363E
Member of The City of London Guild of Nurses
I am a Registered Nurse with nineteen years’ experience of nursing patients in hospitals, nursing homes and in the community. The majority of my early career was been spent managing residential care facilities in the private sector, overseeing the nursing care of up to 45 residents with a variety of medical conditions, specialising in palliative care and managing a team of around 80 staff including RGNs/RMNs and Physiotherapists.
I have co authored an academic paper published by the Nursing Times and spoken at the Annual Dementia Summit for GPs in Gloucestershire on the subject of Dementia care. Assessing the care and nursing needs of others has been an integral and essential part of my daily work for many years. I have provided case management for clients with brain injury and Mesothelioma.
For the last 7 years, as well as providing expert nursing reports, I have worked as a Palliative Care Nurse in the community and Head of Nursing services for a hospice at home charity. I currently undertake quality assurance auditing for a hospice at home charity, overseeing and improving standards of care. This role enables me to remain actively involved in provision of palliative care for those with a terminal illness who wish to die at home.
In addition I have the following relevant skills and experience:
- Expert Witness with courtroom experience
- Joint discussions and joint statements for the court
- Auditing, quality assurance and pioneering best practice in palliative community nursing
- Vast experience in implementation and evaluation of care
I maintain my training and competencies on a regular basis using a variety of methods including mandatory nursing training, personal research and development, attending relevant conferences and supplementary study days.
- Royal College of Nursing
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Registered with the Information Commissioners Office
I can provide expert reports in relation to Asbestos injury, terminal illness and care of the older person.
I understand my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses. I have attended conferences with counsel and I have given evidence at trial.
In May 2017 I gave evidence in the High Court in the case of Grant v Secretary of State for Transport EWHC 1663(QB). My evidence was quoted in the Judgement of Martin Chamberlain QC (Sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge): ‘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’.
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
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