Claire Ward

Claire qualified in 2003 with a 2.1 in Occupational Therapy (OT) (BSc Hons) from Brunel University, London. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist for the NHS and my private practice. The majority of Claire’s clinical experience has been with children and adults with complex needs.

Claire’s caseloads have included, amongst other diagnoses, autistic spectrum disorders, developmental coordination disorder and attention deficit disorder.

Since completing her Sensory Integration training, Claire has been working for her own limited company with children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and developmental coordination disorder, assessments and therapy using the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

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Tracy Fields

Tracy graduated from the University of Teeside in 1994 with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy, and has since then working as a physiotherapist in the NHS firstly in Worksop the in Sheffield, in a large teaching hospital and then in a specialist children’s hospital with a bust major trauma center. Tracy has spent the majority of her career working within the specialist areas of limb reconstruction, orthopaedics, amputees and more latterly plastic surgery and burns injuries.

For the majority of her career, Tracy has specialised in musculoskeletal conditions particularly in the paediatric field. Tracy has a vast experience of treating children with congenital conditions, complex trauma and following the surgical management of neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy.

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Helen Jane Sansome

Helen Sansome is a Registered General Nurse with 25 years post registration experience in Clinical Practice, having qualified from the Nottingham School of Nursing (now Nottingham University) in 1992.

Helen has experience in a number of disciplines including cardiac, intensive care, mechanical ventilation, gynaecology, elective orthopaedics, ENT, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  As an experienced theatre sister she supported the team who set up the first De Vinci Robot to be used in a District General Hospital, in order to perform robotic assisted, minimal invasive pelvic surgery.

Helen is also an approved DWP (PIP) Disability Assessor, undertaking functional assessments of adults with a wide range of complex physical and mental health conditions which impact on their daily living and mobility activities, in order to provide advice to the Department for Work and Pensions on their eligibility for Personal Independence Payments. Evidence gathered at assessment is cross reference with supporting documentary medical evidence, which is critically analysed in order to produce a detailed report for the DWP. The reports are produced to specific quality standards and within finite time scales

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John Carlile

John Carlile studied architecture at Edinburgh University and completed his practice qualification in Edinburgh with Sir Basil Spence Glover and Ferguson. He has been a member of the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) and a registered Architect since 1980. He has devoted 27 years to specialising in the provision of accommodation for adults with special needs, in centres throughout the UK, during his tenure as Director with a national charity.

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Nikki Khan

Nikki qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1988 and as a Registered Midwife (RM) in 1989. She has practised extensively as a Midwife in the NHS and the private sector as well as overseas following her qualification as a Tropical Diseases Nurse in 1992.

Nikki has worked as a Senior Midwife in the clinical setting in various NHS Trusts since qualifying in 1989 and has a wide experience throughout all aspects of obstetric care and a special interest inn FGM.

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Philippa Feltham-White

Philippa Feltham-White is an experienced Occupational Therapist, having qualified at St Loye’s College in Exeter in 1988. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the Specialist Neurological Section of the College of Occupational Therapy. She has worked in a variety of locations including England and Scotland, Germany, South Africa, as well as in a voluntary capacity in Romania. She has worked within the NHS, private independent, and charitable sectors.

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Nikki Sherman

Nikki Sherman is a Case Manager & Expert Witness for adult and paediatric catastrophic injury cases. Nikki has been a clinical case manager since 2013 focusing on brain injury, cerebral palsy, and major trauma in adult and paediatric cases. Having completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University, USA, in 1994, Nikki worked as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurological and Complex Rehabilitation for over 10 years.  Her clinical experience focused on stroke, traumatic brain injury, progressive neurological disorders, and major trauma. Nikki has vast experience evaluating care needs and managing care packages as well as establishing and coordinating multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programmes.

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Cathy Preston

Cathy Preston graduated from Birmingham University in 1997 with a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy, and spent the first 8 years post-graduate as a physiotherapist in the NHS firstly in Sheffield and then Leeds, working across a broad spectrum of acute and out-patient departments. Specialising early in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Cathy spent a significant amount of time working within orthopaedics, hands and plastics, burns, rheumatology and hydrotherapy, specialising further in 2002 in musculoskeletal lower limb disorders. Cathy is fully accredited by Cardiff University as an Expert Witness.

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Michelle Henry

Michelle qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Coventry in 2005, commencing an Occupational Therapy rotation, working in mental health, acute medicine and orthopaedics. During this rotation Michelle developed her assessment and clinical reasoning skills. This enabled Michelle to provide occupation focused assessments and intervention leading to maximising the independence and safety of individuals in their own homes or agreed discharge destination. Michelle worked on establishing and improving the person’s current level of abilities to increase their independence and to ensure that the person receives the appropriate support and or aids required for discharge out of hospital.

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Alison Conway

Alison Conway is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as both a Registered General Nurse and an Independent Nurse Prescriber. She has over 30 years’ clinical experience in both the NHS acute sector and the community, caring for adults and children. She is an experienced expert witness having completed a number of liability and quantum reports for both Claimant and Defendant. Her expertise is wide ranging and covers both medical and nursing negligence alongside assessment and care reports required for all disability, injury or illness as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at home and at work. These disabilities include paraplegia, tetraplegia, catastrophic injury, cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disease. Alison has particular expertise in respiratory and thoracic care and management, including tracheostomy, ventilation and occupational lung disease.


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