Industrial Disease, Vocational Rehabilitation
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Diploma HE: Nursing Studies (University of Portsmouth, 1994)
Diploma: Occupational Health (Warwick Medical School, 2009)
Royal College of Physicians (Glasgow) Certificate in Travel Medicine (2007)
Nursing and Midwifery Council Membership (NMC)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Vocational Rehabilitation Association Member (VRA)
ARTP Level 3 Full Spirometry Certificate. Association of Respiratory Technicians and Physiologists. Oct 2019
I am a Registered General Nurse specialising in the full remit of Occupational Health nursing and have over 25 years’ experience in both public and private sector health care.
I currently work as Lead Occupational Health Advisor for an electrical engineering company and due to an understanding and interest in workplace mental health, have recently started an instructor role in Mental Health First Aid via MHFA (England)
In addition to my clinical roles I prepare medico-legal Occupational Health and Vocational Rehabilitation reports on quantum and breach of duty.
My experience includes all aspects of Occupational Health including:
Fitness to Work /Return to Work Advice
Health Screening and Surveillance
Ergonomic Assessments (Individuals and systems of work)
Audiometry Screening (and subsequent case management advice)
Minor Workplace Injuries Treatment / Pre-Hospital Care
Occupational and Travel Health Immunisations
Occupational Acquired Illness and Disease
Sickness Absence Assessments
Tier 3 HAVS Assessments and Case Management Advice
Vocational Assessment and Transition Services
Workplace Stress Management
Workplace Risk Assessments
Post Offer Medicals and subsequent Reasonable Adjustment Advice
My experience includes working in both the Prison and Police Services providing the full remit of Occupational Health Services from firearms medicals to assessment for specific roles, to return to work advice. I have served in a commissioned rank within the British Armies Medical Services (AMS) in Occupational Health and other nursing roles. Public sector work has included the CPS, DWP, HMRC. Private sector work has included banks, vehicle manufacturers, house builders, and bakeries.
I have developed a very broad understanding of the effects of work on health, and the effects of health on work, and I am skilled at assessing what is occupationally limiting and what is not, and have a lot of experience in report writing.
I have undergone training in medico-legal report writing and understand my role and responsibilities as an expert witness under The Civil Procedure Rules.
In addition to the formal vocational training I attend regular training events to maintain my professional development and re-validation requirements of the NMC and VRA.
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