Breach of Duty, Lymphoedema
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
State Enrolled Nurse (SEN) (1984)
Registered General Nurse (1993)
BSc (Hons) Community Health (1998)
Nurse Prescriber (1999)
European College of Bowen Therapists (2007)
Queens Nurse (2010 )
LEDUC Medical Lymphatic Practitioner (2013)
Member of The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Member of the British Lymphology Society (BLS)
Member of Lipoedema UK
I am a qualified registered nurse with over 35 years of clinical experience. I have gained wide and varied nursing experience in both hospital and community settings.
I am currently Nurse Consultant in a voluntary capacity to the national charity Lipoedema UK.
I am also undertaking Independent Nurse Consulting work including carrying out Quality Reviews for Clinical Nursing Services. I undertake voluntary work on behalf of the Queens Nursing Institute on the ‘Keep In Touch’ Project.
In addition to my current nurse consultant role I provide expert witness reports on Nursing Care and Breach of Duty. I understand my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.
My specialist nursing experience is within :
* Chronic Oedema
* Leg Ulcers/Tissue Viability
* District/Community Nursing Care
* Nursing Management
In 2011 I jointly founded and set up LymphCare UK, a Community Interest Company which has grown to become a nationally and internationally renowned award winning Lymphoedema service. The service is NHS commissioned and provides a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and Treatments services as well as offering advice, support, and training to community teams and works in collaboration with District Nurses.
My leadership role within the organisation until September 2018 was operational, clinical, and strategic in a service that provides treatment to all stages of Lymphoedema including primary, secondary, and palliative. The service also treated all chronic oedemas including lower-limb wound management and also individuals with Lipoedema. During this time I set up a number of award-winning, new and innovative initiatives such as Lymphyoga and a Specialist Bra Service.
Immediately prior to my role at LymphCare UK I was the clinical nurse specialist in Lymphoedema for five years at a NHS Primary Care Trust involving assessment of the need to provide new NHS Lymphology Services and the development and provision of a borough-wide. comprehensive Lymphoedema service.
Between 1993-2006 I worked in community nursing as part of the District nursing team at Primary Care Trusts in the West Midlands. My roles included Community Staff Nurse, District Nurse Team Leader and Matron encompassing clinical, leadership. and operational nursing duties treating patients with a wide range of conditions including palliative care and tissue viability in the community setting.
I have worked in various hospital departments earlier in my career including ENT, Orthopaedics, Respiratory, Surgical and Elderly Rehabilitation.
I attend regular training updates and seminars in order to maintain my professional development and specialist interests. I have always been interested in research, service development and improving patient care. In 2010 I gained the Queens Nurse title from the Queens Nursing Institute.
I have given oral and poster presentations at the Queens Nursing Institute, British Lymphology Society conference and Lipoedema UK annual conference and have published articles in various nursing publications.
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