Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Tribunal Assessments
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
* Bsc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
* Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
* Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
* Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)
I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist with over 18 years’ experience working within both community and private settings. I am skilled in carrying out in-depth assessments, writing detailed reports, and providing therapy.
I provide Speech and Language Therapy expert witness reports in respect of children and young people aged 11-25 years.
I can also contribute to Education and Health Care Plans and the Specialist Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) in cases where a child or young person’s education is affected by a communication problem and extra specialist assistance is being sought.
I am very experienced in assessing all areas of young people’s communication skills, specifically their receptive language, expressive skills, and social interaction.
In addition to my role as an expert witness, I work in private practice, providing Speech and Language Therapy to children and young adults aged 11-25 years with a range of communication, learning, and behaviour difficulties.
I have worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams in a number of Child Development Centres, providing assessment and therapy for pre-school children with developmental difficulties. I have also worked with children in nurseries, primary schools, and community clinics. In addition to working with the children and their families/carers, this involved providing advice and training to staff.
I currently work as a Speech and Language Therapist in a residential special school and for 10 years I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in two specialist colleges for young people aged 16-24. The pupils had a range of learning difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD and many of whom had complex communication difficulties. As the lead therapist, I was responsible for supporting and developing other therapists on the team. In addition to carrying out detailed assessments and providing individual and group therapy, my role included supporting the clients by giving formal training, advising staff, and adapting the environment to promote effective communication.
I have considerable experience of advising staff in a range of educational establishments and devising and delivering training to different clinical groups. I am able to adapt the information to the skills of the listener.
I have supported many young people to communicate more effectively, which has improved their ability to access education and enabled them to be as independent as possible.
My areas of expertise include:
* Attention related difficulties (ADD, ADHD)
* Autism spectrum
* Behavioural difficulties
* Learning disability
* Mental health
* Social and emotional difficulties
* Tribunal assessments or reports-Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)
I understand the litigation process and my duties under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses and Part 35.
I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current, and to maintain my professional development. I have completed the Bond Solon Excellence in Report Writing training.
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
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