Amputations, Brain Injury Breach of Duty Cerebral Palsy Learning Disabilities Orthopaedics Respiratory Disease
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children)
PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor)
MSc Primary Health Care
Facilitated Learning and Assessment in Practice
I am a registered Paediatric Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse with experience of hospital and community care. I am currently a Specialist Nurse for Children with Complex Needs coordinating the care of children with the most complex care needs in the country. I am responsible for ensuring that all health and social care needs are linked and addressed to improve the health, educational, and social outcomes and improve quality of life for these children. I am experienced in the development of transition and complex care pathways and regularly contribute to individual Education, Health, and Care Plans (EHCPs).
I have extensive experience of working with children with complex needs, which has included:
Spinal injuries all levels
Traumatic brain injury
Respiratory diseases – Various to include acute and chronic conditions
Cognitive difficulties/Vegetative state/Minimal awareness
Learning disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder
Severe, Chronic, and Life-Limiting Health Needs
Life Threatening Conditions with Multiple and Complex Needs
Children’s Continuing Health Care
Paediatric Palliative Care
In addition to my current clinical role I provide expert witness reports on Children’s Nursing Care and Breach of Duty. I understand my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.
After qualifying as a registered children’s nurse I worked as a Staff Nurse in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at a large NHS Trust Children’s hospital in the West Midlands. The unit was responsible for the care of critically unwell children, with a range of complex health specialties including trauma, cardiac, neurology, hepatology, medical, oncology, and renal, from both within the hospital and as referrals from major district general hospitals.
Immediately prior to my current role I worked as a Health Visitor and Community Prescriber where I was responsible for monitoring child health and development and assessing the needs of babies, young children and their families to promote good health and prevent illness. I also worked with at risk or deprived groups and liaised closely with multi-disciplinary teams.
In 2017 – 2018 I was seconded to the post of Commissioning Manager for Children with Complex Needs. Here I was responsible for commissioning elements of services to support health and social care including residential placements and individual packages of support as well as supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I was jointly responsible with Social Care for commissioning Children’s Continuing Health Care packages. As part of the role I was also the Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
I attend regular training updates and seminars in order to maintain my professional development and specialist interests.
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
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