Amputations, Brain Injury Care of the Elderly Cerebral Palsy Orthopaedics Respiratory Disease Spinal Injury Stoma Care Ventilated Clients
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Registered General Nurse (2009)
Member of The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
I am an experienced registered nurse and qualified in 2009.
As a senior nurse I have dealt with the full range of pressured and challenging clinical scenarios, handling both acute emergency situations and the equally difficult management of long-term conditions.
I currently work as a Senior Case Manager with both adult and paediatric clients. I am responsible for the assessment, recruitment, budgeting and implementation of nursing care packages for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including; Amputees, Spinal Injury, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Respiratory Conditions, Elderly Care, Stoma Care, Complex Care, Brain Injury to include Cerebral Palsy (both Adults and Paediatrics)
In addition to my Case Manager role I provide expert witness reports for the court on adult nursing care and costings. I understand my duties under Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules pertaining to expert witnesses.
My clinical background and expertise following qualification includes working within an acute surgical setting, geriatric and respiratory care. I have experience in both Accident and Emergency and Urgent Care. Prior to my case manager role, I was responsible for setting up a complex care unit within a nursing home where I was the Lead Nurse on assessing and costing the complex needs of patients. I was an in-house trainer to registered nurses and carers on the management of individuals with spinal injuries. This included manual handling, tracheostomy, bowel care management and all other aspects of looking after adults with complex care needs.
I took part in a pilot programme in East Sussex which was responsible for reducing hospital admission by making sure all aspects of an individual’s needs were met and managed within the community, keeping them within the family home. It was my role to co-ordinate a multidisciplinary team to explore and implement care and support provision thus reducing hospital admissions. This was an extremely successful programme which was accepted and rolled out across counties in the South East of England.
With all my working experience I have managed to work closely with multidisciplinary teams to ensure best outcomes for individuals with complex care needs.
When I first qualified as a nurse, I worked on an elderly care ward and learnt what a privilege it was to provide excellent care to those who have lived full and interesting lives. As I travelled through my chosen career, I saw that there were younger adults and children who had not been so fortunate in leading or even starting their lives without injury. I was determined to be able to help those who might not have a voice to live life to the full and to support the families around them.
I have been fortunate to have worked at Chailey Heritage School which is a residential and day school. It provides specialist schooling provision for children and young people aged 3 to 19 with complex physical disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties.
I have always been committed to maintaining and improving my continued professional development and I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current, and evidence based. I have undertaken training on the role of an expert witness. In 2017 I obtained an education teaching qualification and I am able to teach “The Enhanced Care Certificate” to carers and support workers. My qualification also enables me to teach adults – carers and support workers on many aspects of Clinical and Social Care. This allows them to provide the best possible care they are taught to give.
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
‘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