Care of the Elderly, Musculoskeletal Non-medical prescriber Orthopaedics Pain Management Physiotherapy
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (1999) MSc Physiotherapy 2008
Additional Post Graduate qualifications in Injection therapy, Non Medical Prescribing and Ergonomics
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Member of the Medico Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapist
Member of British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
I am a Registered Physiotherapist with 23 years post qualification experience within both hospital and community settings. I have specialized in Musculoskeletal conditions for the last 21 years and have worked as a Clinical specialist and Advanced practice (Extended scope) physiotherapist for the last 16 years.
I prepare Civil Procedure compliant expert witness Physiotherapy reports for the Court covering a wide variety of complex injuries.
My knowledge, skills and expertise enable me to practice as a Physiotherapy expert witness in personal injury and clinical negligence cases reporting on quantum, and liability. I am a member of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP) and have received training in report writing, giving evidence, and other aspects of expert reporting.
I assess and report on the physical needs of adults who have an acquired impairment or disability and have particular experience in musculoskeletal conditions. This includes all forms of common musculoskeletal conditions such as spinal and peripheral joint pain and soft tissue injuries. The clients I assess and manage have a wide variety of conditions within this group and could include multi trauma injuries such as fractures and dislocations. I also manage clients with overuse-type injuries, which may have been sustained in the workplace or through sports or exercise such as tendinopathy e.g. tennis elbow, entrapment neuropathies e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome. I treat clients who have developed musculoskeletal conditions or disease and those who have developed to a chronic pain state. I have worked in specialist services as part of an MDT to provide pain management programs (PMP) and Functional restoration programs (FRP).
I am a qualified non-medical Independent Prescriber and I am able to prescribe medication to patients in the remit of my specialist area to facilitate pain relief and enhance physical therapy and rehabilitation. Examples include injectable steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), common painkillers like paracetamol and anti-neuropathic medication such as gabapentin for nerve pain. I also use steroid and local anaesthetic injections as an adjunct to my usual physiotherapy practice and this combined with the ability to prescribe medication enhances rehabilitation potential. I have worked as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist (ESP) or Advanced practice physiotherapist (APP) for 16 years within the NHS and private sector and this also involves investigating with radiological and laboratory investigations. I request x-rays, MRI and ultrasound scans and blood tests to assist with the diagnosis of clients with Musculoskeletal conditions in order to determine the best management plan for the client which may include physiotherapy, pain management, targeted injections or surgery.
I started my practice as a Physiotherapist in a hospital setting and completed core rotations in all aspects of Adult Physiotherapy care including Respiratory, Neurological and Orthopaedic conditions and Care of the Elderly before I specialised in Musculoskeletal care.
I have worked with a variety of health and social care professionals and accumulated a good knowledge of the holistic care required to support clients. I have held several posts managing clinical services and teams including both the set up and redesign of Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal interface services. I have also over many years supervised and mentored more junior Physiotherapy staff, junior doctors, students and clinical support workers.
I have post graduate qualifications in health ergonomics. I have a lot of experience of performing ergonomic work station assessments.
I currently also work as a clinical case manager for clients who have catastrophic life changing injuries.
The ethos of my practice is always to provide a high quality Physiotherapy service to enable clients to optimise their function and improve their quality of life, whatever their condition or situation.
I understand my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
I attend regular training updates and seminars in order to maintain my professional development.
I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Health Care Professions Council.
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