Chris started his professional career as an architectural technician in a number of prestigious practices, where he gained significant experience of undertaking projects, including constructing new inclusive residences, or adapting existing buildings to suit the future needs of the occupants. This included both minor and major refurbishment works, making properties fit for occupants with specific needs and requirements. This work gave him experience of both how to principally adapt buildings but also how to produce detailed specifications and drawings to procure the construction work as well as extensive knowledge of architecture and how to adapt buildings of all differing types and ages.
This was followed by roles in building surveying and project management.
Chris is considered an advocate of inclusive and adaptive design throughout all areas of his work and specialises in difficult property adaptations to meet specific medical needs. He considers his strongest quality to be the manner and diplomacy of how he conducts himself professionally in all given circumstances.
Helen is a Registered General Nurse, District Nurse and Nurse Prescriber with 19 years working at a senior level within the NHS. Helen’s diverse experience working in varied clinical settings including the community setting makes her the ideal Expert Witness, and is able to comment on and offer her professional opinion on a variety of cases.
Helen regularly undertakes reports in relation to the occurrence of pressure damage and if the appropriate risk assessments and checks were undertaken, falls that have occurred in the clinical settings and if they could have been avoided, as well as reports in relation to nursing procedures and if they were undertaken correctly. Helen uses the most up to date research such as NICE and RCN policies and procedure guidelines to back up her professional opinion.
Donna’s clinical nursing experience was gained in general surgical, medical, accident & emergency and orthopaedic care; the latter enhanced by post-graduate training and certification in the care of orthopaedic injury and related disease (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence).
Donna is a highly experienced specialist practitioner in occupational health, providing contractual services directly to employers. Her area of expertise includes assessment of employee functional capability for return to work following acquired significant injury/illness. Donna has provided in-house and contractual occupational health services to public and private sector organisations.
Donna is regularly instructed to assess fitness for work and redeployment needs, adaptations/adjustments to the work environment and on-going support needs for employees with physical and/or cognitive impairment. Donna also advises organisations on issues of disability discrimination, statutory requirements for surveillance and monitoring of employee health and safety at work.
In her early career, Jayne joined a busy district nursing team. The skills obtained in this acute environment were not wasted and it soon became apparent that Jayne was set on a trajectory to lead the burgeoning teams in primary care that were synonymous with GP fundholding. This involved leading and developing an integrated team of both district nurses and practice nurses. Jayne was responsible for both qualified nurses and healthcare support workers, within a busy urban practice setting.
Jayne undertook the national leadership programme to support her development and was also given the practice educational coordinators role for the PCT; organising and advising nurses in relation to professional development and education and health care support workers (via NVQ). This role subsequently led to a secondment to a local university to teach undergraduate pre-registration students, where she was fortunate enough to undertake research into “how students learn in a simulated environment”. This descriptive study was timely and preceded the advent of the NMC developing clinical skill clusters.
Jayne has a special interest in patient safety; risk management and wound management and can complete liability reports in these areas.
Liz qualified in 2000 with a BSc in Occupational Therapy from York University. She initially worked as an occupational therapist at Durham Hospital in stroke, orthopaedics and elderly rehabilitation before specialising in paediatrics. She then worked as a senior occupational therapist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for over 14 years. Here she was involved in assessing and treating children with a huge variety of complex care needs including acquired brain injuries, birth injuries, oncology, burns, orthopaedics and hand injuries.
She has worked privately with adults and children in the community and combines this with expert witness work which she has done since 2009. Liz has been a case manager since 2013 working with both children and adults. She provides detailed reports on the clients’ immediate needs and puts complex care and rehabilitation packages into place.
Tracy graduated from the University of Teeside in 1994 with a BSc in Physiotherapy, and has since then been working as a physiotherapist in the NHS; firstly in Worksop in a large teaching hospital and then in a specialist children’s hospital with a major trauma centre. 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.
Tracy has led a large team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and therapy support staff within the areas of limb reconstruction, orthopaedics, amputees, burns and plastic surgery, supervising and mentoring all the staff within the team and developing the services offered within these specialities. In 2014 Tracy qualified as a non-medical prescriber allowing the development of services provided within her clinical practice.
Philippa Feltham-White is an experienced Occupational Therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and an Advanced Brain Injury Case Manager. She has worked in a variety of locations including England, Scotland, Germany and South Africa, as well as in a voluntary capacity in Romania. She has worked within the NHS, private independent and charitable sectors.
Philippa has experience of working with individuals who are on the autistic spectrum, and struggle with change, transitions and adjustment to their environments. She has experience of the new Education Health and Care Plans and SEND Tribunals, and has gained additional qualifications in this. She has an interest in transitions, working with adolescents moving between educational establishments and/or into independent living and engaging with employment opportunities. She has worked with the Military community both in the UK and in Germany.
Cathy graduated from Birmingham University in 1997 with a BSc in Physiotherapy, and spent the first eight years post-graduate as a Physiotherapist in the NHS working across a broad spectrum of in 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 adult musculoskeletal and orthopaedic lower limb disorders.
Having worked within the NHS, community and private sector, specialising for the majority of the time in musculoskeletal conditions, Cathy’s knowledge and skills in this field and her expertise in managing and mentoring other Physiotherapists both within the NHS and the private sector, enable her to practise as an expert witness in cases involving orthopaedic quantum, physiotherapy clinical negligence and liability. Cathy underwent specialist training through Bond Solon to acquire her Civil Expert Witness Certificate in conjunction with Cardiff University (CUBS).
Alison 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 liability and quantum reports for both claimant and defendant.
Alison’s 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, including tracheostomy, ventilation and occupational lung disease. Over the last few years Alison has been involved in the private care and management of both adults and children requiring complex care in the community. This included children with birth related injuries or hereditary disease. Alison has particular skills in the assessment of needs to determine the level of care required.
Dawn began her career at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust where she completed a rotational post developing her occupational therapy skills in assessment, rehabilitation and hospital discharge planning in acute medical, surgical, orthopaedic, burns and plastics and rheumatology. Dawn ran a cardiology rehabilitation programme for patients returning to fitness after heart attack and attended the burns clinic to measure and fit pressure garments to adults and children with substantial burns and scarring.
Dawn currently works as a regional assessor for the charity Canine Partners. She completes assessments for adults in their own home with a wide range of complex physical health disabilities including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy as a part of their application for an assistance dog. The assessment is occupational therapy based and identifies the level of function and care requirements of the applicant and the suitability of the home environment to ensure that the dog’s needs will also be met.