Accident and Emergency Care, Amputations Brain Injury Cerebral Palsy Orthopaedics Paediatrics Spinal Injury
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Registered Nurse – 1998 Children. Nursing and Midwifery Council Pin Number 95D0378E.
BSc Hons Specialist Community Practitioner (Health Visiting)
Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice.
Royal College of Nursing Membership: 1082197.
British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).
I qualified in 1998 as a Registered Children’s Nurse having trained at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals. After qualifying, I worked at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital on a specialist paediatric cardiology ward and later at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital delivering skilled and sensitive nursing care to children and young people with a wide range of medical, surgical, acute, chronic and, life-limiting and complex needs spanning across the 0-18 years age group.
I provide expert witness care reports for the Court in personal injury and Clinical negligence cases.
I am aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.
I have extensive experience of working with children with complex needs which has included:
Spinal Injuries all levels (Paediatric).
Traumatic Brain injury (Paediatric to include / High Level Physical Functional Difficulties Cognitive difficulties /Vegetative state / Minimal Awareness).
Cerebral Palsy (Paediatric).
Respiratory diseases – Various to include acute and chronic conditions.
Tracheostomy / Ventilated children.
Learning disabilities (Paediatric).
Orthopaedic Injuries (Paediatric).
Severe, Chronic and Life Limiting Health Needs.
Life Threatening Conditions with Multiple and Complex Needs.
I undertook a Specialist Community Nursing Practitioner Degree at Canterbury Christchurch University and practiced as a qualified Health Visitor for two years. I worked as a Children’s Community Nurse providing specialist holistic nursing services to children and young people with severe, chronic and life limiting health needs in their own homes and other community settings such as schools and nurseries.
As a health visitor I was responsible for monitoring child development and health, offering advice and guidance in regard to parenting and management of child health, particularly the disabled child and those with multiple and complex needs.
For six years I managed, developed and coordinated the continuing care team for Children and Young People in East Kent, including undertaking specialist continuing care assessments for children and young people with severe, multiple and complex health needs that had arisen from accident, illness or disability. Key to this role was the recruitment and selection of support workers to implement bespoke packages of care for children and young people with a variety of life threatening conditions and multiple and complex needs. Overseeing the training and development of a specialist workforce to deliver safe and effective care has been fundamental to achieving positive and solution focused outcomes.
In addition to my expert work I continue my clinical practice working as a case manager.
I am experienced in the development of transitional goals, knowledgeable in respect of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) and have contributed towards the development of individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s) for children with complex needs. In addition, I am proficient in the recruitment of specialist support workers and the discharge of employer’s responsibilities on behalf of the client.
I am dedicated to lifelong learning and ensuring that my practice continuously develops. I regularly attend relevant conferences and training to support me in this commitment.
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