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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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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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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Toby Beck

Toby is an independent consultant social worker with over 27 years’ of experience working with children and adults in the field of disability. He has substantial experience of a wide range of presenting needs.

Toby has gained a thorough understanding of assessing the needs of children who were deemed either in need, or at risk, in his statutory and private roles. As a team manager and chairperson for children in need and child protection meetings, he reviewed support packages for vulnerable children in the local authority.

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Hilary Whitworth

Hilary Whitworth is an experienced Occupational Therapist who qualified in 2002. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).

Hilary has a vast amount of experience and expertise of working with adults and children with a wide range of complex disabilities including: brain injury; spinal injury; cerebral palsy; orthopaedic injuries; chronic pain syndrome; amputations; cancer; respiratory conditions; and cerebrovascular accident. She is particularly skilled in assessing and making recommendations for the provision of specialist equipment and housing adaptations. Hilary has also been instrumental in advising on the care requirements to support people with complex physical, cognitive and social needs ranging from domiciliary type packages up to 24 hour support.

Hilary accepts instructions relating to both adults and children.

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Ana Maria Heseltine

Ana Maria Heseltine, BSc (Hons), is an experienced Occupational Therapist, registered with the Health Professions Council and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists. She qualified in 1983 gaining a degree in Occupational Therapy from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. She has worked in the NHS, Social Services and in the independent sector gaining extensive experience of working with children and adults with complex disabilities. After graduating in Brazil, Ana Maria worked in a forensic psychiatric prison, where she gained experience in the treatment of a range of psychiatric conditions. She set up individual and group therapy plans for all patients.

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Kate Tebbett

Kate Tebbett is a state registered physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Science honours degree from the University of the West of England. She is Bobath trained and is Lead Physiotherapist for a Scope college working with young people (19- 25years) with complex neurodisability.

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Lisa Green

Lisa Green  is an Occupational Therapist with over 23 years of experience having qualified from the University of Derby in 1993. She is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.  Lisa has worked in the NHS and within a Local Authority setting gaining extensive experience of working with adults and children with highly complex disabilities.

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Michelle Whitton

Michelle Whitton has been practising as a Speech and Language Therapist since 1985, graduating from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and holds certification to practice from the Health Professionals Council. Since qualifying, most of her clinical experience has been with children and adolescents with special needs as well as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle has been engaged in the field of Assistive Technology since 1995 in a variety of operational and strategic roles. He currently manages the Access Centre at Hereward College. As part of a multi-disciplinary team he has participated in the assessment for and the provision of assistive technologies as diverse as communication aids (AAC) aids and powered wheelchairs to alternative access to ICT and environmental control systems and latterly a variety of robotic assistive technologies.

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