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.
Nikki’s clinical experience as a physiotherapist in neurological and complex rehabilitation has spanned over 10 years and has included inpatient, outpatient, and community rehabilitation in both the USA and UK. This clinical experience has focused on neurological rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, and progressive neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis. Nikki also has clinical experience working with patients recovering from multiple and complex orthopaedic injuries and cardiac and respiratory diseases.
Nikki has experience writing witness statements and is able to provide expert quantum reports for case management and care needs. Nikki provides clear, concise and timely report writing. Nikki is competent and experienced providing reports and communicating with claimant and defendant solicitors and the court.
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.
Anna Cawdry is an experienced Occupational Therapist qualified in 1996 and previous to that having studied psychology. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists. Anna is also a member of the College of Occupational Therapists special interests groups for Housing and Practitioners in Independent Practice.
Anna has worked in the NHS, Local Authority and the Independent Sector gaining extensive experience of working with adults and children with complex disabilities. In 1997, Anna worked as an Occupational Therapist in the USA and still maintains her American OTR registration.
Hannah is a vocational rehabilitation professional with over 10 years of experience of working with clients who have wide ranging needs. She has gained comprehensive experience in complex case management including physical disability, mental health, learning disabilities and brain injury, and she has also worked as UK Operations Manager for two of the UK’s largest Vocational Rehabilitation providers, including management of several teams of consultants delivering vocational assessment and case management services across a number of specialist retention, transition and return to work contracts.
Hannah has spent significant time working with wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans (WIS). She worked integrally with the Defence Recovery Capability Programme to develop a bespoke vocational assessment package and delivered and developed this provision as a key part of the recovery pathway for WIS personnel requiring transition into civilian occupations.
Lis has over 6 years experience of providing vocational rehabilitation services to clients with a variety of support needs and disabilities including physical disabilities, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, sensory impairments and mental health conditions. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Liverpool and completed study on neuroscience and neuropsychology.
Victoria began her career in vocational rehabilitation in 1999 with a specialist vocational rehabilitation centre for adults with acquired brain injury.
Her work in vocational rehabilitation is complimented by four years commercial human resources experience; developing strengths-based career development and career management programmes in the private sector. As a Chartered Psychologist, Victoria is able to assess a client’s cognitive function to inform the vocational rehabilitation process and is a qualified test user for both occupational ability and personality tests; enabling her to formally assess her client’s abilities, personality, and interests to explore suitable alternative vocational options, and advise on strategies for the workplace where this is required.