Kate Makin

Kate qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and since then has worked in a variety of clinical settings. Most of Kate’s work in the statutory sector involved working with clients with complex physical illnesses and disabilities. This included assessing for specialist aids and adaptations, developing moving and handling care plans, establishing care plans, and undertaking a high level of complex seating and postural needs assessments.

Kate has also previously worked as an Occupational Therapist for NHS Wheelchair Services undertaking wheelchair assessments and also for a housing association. This housing role involved assessing individual’s housing needs, advising on home adaptations, and contributing towards the planning of accessible housing.

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Helen Barber

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.

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Susan Bennett

Susan’s career as an Occupational Therapist spans over 30 years. She began in General Medicine before moving on to spend ten years working in Acute Psychiatry. She was responsible for the setting up and running of  a ‘direct referral from GP to therapist’ project while at The Whittington Hospital, which focused on teaching social skills for people experiencing low level depression as a result of social isolation. She developed a particular interest in group therapy work and co-ran a Yalom based psychotherapy group for outpatients.  Susan went on to train in cognitive behavioural therapy and bereavement counselling.

She has extensive experience and knowledge working with a broad spectrum of disability and disease; ranging from neurological conditions, trauma, amputees, cerebral palsy, to head injuries and spinal injuries. She was the lead for assessment of paediatric equipment when working at Haringey Social Services.

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Tracy Fields

Tracy graduated from the University of Teeside in 1994 with a BSc (hons) degree 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.

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Cathy Preston

Cathy graduated from Birmingham University in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) 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).

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Sue Paddison

Sue commenced her current NHS post as Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust in 1993. She is the Physiotherapy Lead Clinical Specialist in Neurological Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury Patients.

Sue has extensive experience in the management of adult and paediatric individuals with spinal cord injury from the acute stage, immediately post injury, through early rehabilitation and onto reintegration back into the community. This includes complex trauma and respiratory management of acute spinal cord injury patients.

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Jane Mills

Jane is an Occupational Therapist with nearly thirty years of experience working in the NHS, Social Services, education, residential care and the private sector both across the UK and in South Africa. She has diverse knowledge and experience of working with adults and children with profound disabilities and complex health and social care needs.

Jane’s experience includes the assessment and provision of specialist equipment, home adaptations,
re-housing, manual handling assessments, risk assessments and care plans.  The assessment of care needs in the community, short break and residential provision are an integral part of this work. Jane has also delivered training to Care and Education Staff and was involved in assessing care needs, reviewing care packages, and processes in respect of safeguarding children and the protection of vulnerable adults.

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