Breach of Duty, Community Nursing Continuing Health Care Assessments Tissue Viability
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Registered General Nurse (1994)
District Nurse (1991)
Supplementary Prescribing (1999)
Professional Practice in Community Nursing BSc (Hons) (1999) Higher Award
Case Management (Discreet Module M Level 2007)
Advance Physical Assessment with Differential Diagnosis (Discreet Module M Level
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding 2017 – Best Interest Assessor
Full Member of the Royal College of Nursing
Member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).
I am a Registered General Nurse with over 30 years’ experience working with both adults and children. I am also a qualified District Nurse and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Community Matron.
I have extensive experience working with individuals who have a range of complex health conditions and disabilities, including brain and spinal injuries.
In December 2019, I was working as a Case Manager part-time for Continuing Health Care for East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) NHS Trust. Since June 2018, I’ve worked as an Independent litigation Case Manager to date. I also practice as an Independent Best Interest Assessor.
In addition to my clinical role, I prepare Civil Procedure Compliant nursing expert witness reports on Nursing Care and I understand my duties as an expert witness and part 35 of The Civil Procedure Rules.
The type of injuries I can report on include:
District and Community Nursing
Continuing Health Care Complex Care Needs
Breach of Duty and Causation.
In my previous role as a Continuing Health Care (CHC) Case Manager, I was involved in case management of complex cases, assessment, reviews, personal health budgets, and appeals, in addition to setting bespoke care packages.
I have and still do organise, facilitate, and chair Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for discharge planning and to address multiple issues in complex care
packages. My previous role involved the development of safe, equitable, robust, and sustainable care packages for patients meeting NHS Funded, Continuing Health Care (CHC) eligibility, and Case Management eligibility. This also includes other responsibilities such as providing expert advice, information, and support to social care staff, patients, and their families; provide support in developing inter-agency, inter CCG, and local partnership working to ensure high standards of client care and to set up education bespoke training, and advice to multi-professional practitioners regarding NHS Continuing Care as required.
Prior to this I have worked as a District Nurse Sister, clinical lead for a district nurse service, Community Matron, and Advance Nurse Practitioner role, case managing varied complex cases including aspects of clinical interventions and care of patients/bespoke equipment. This included equipment such as wheelchairs/electric beds, care plans, risk assessments, and managing a team of community nurses. I have worked alongside specialist health and medical professionals/provision of evidence-based services and have led audits.
During my career I have gained considerable experience and expertise in sourcing, coordinating, and implementing effective delivery of care to individuals with complex health conditions ensuring all their activities of daily living/physical/psychological (mental)/social/ health, medical needs, safety, and welfare are met.
I am an approved Deprivation of Liberty (DOL) Best Interests Assessor (BIA). I carried out assessments for East Sussex Adult Social Care DOL’s team up till December 2019. I now work as an Independent BIA and I attend the yearly DOL’s Legal update. The last one I attended, was in August 2019.
I regularly undertake appropriate training to ensure that my skills and knowledge are current and to maintain my professional development.
My current role as an Independent Case Manager, is similar to my CHC role, except that the role has extended to include litigation cases under Rehab Code and with the element of the claim process for court settlement. My extended role includes some of the following:
- An understanding of the complexities of the legal system and compensation claims for both personal injury and medical negligence.
- An understanding of the litigation process- underpinning knowledge and understanding of how the litigation process works.
- Continue to learn the role of the litigation solicitor / Barrister / Silk / QC / Counsel.
- As an experienced Case Manager, be an advocate and have a duty of care to client and maintain the standards of NMC and RCN.
- Able to identify and need for input from the following disciplines: Neuro-Physiotherapy Speech Language / OT / Neuropsychology / Dietician and Nutritionist.
- Effective communicator with the quality of people skills.
- Organising and facilitating Multidisciplinary Team Meeting.
- Write CM report / Immediate Needs Assessment (INA) / Action plans progress and outcomes.
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
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Philip Smith – Beauchamps
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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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