Jessica Thurston

Jessica Thurston

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

MSc Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • Upper & Lower Limb Amputees
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Falls
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • General Surgery

Introduction

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 and specialised in the field of adult physical disability including trauma and orthopaedics, care of the elderly, falls and neurology and general surgery, and I have a particular interest in amputee management (upper and lower limb). 

I joined Somek and Associates in 2002 as an Occupational therapy / Care Expert and I have written many reports for medico-legal purposes, being instructed by Claimant, Defendant and as a Single Joint Expert. 

I undertake a considerable number of assignments relating to personal injury and clinical negligence cases in respect of Care, Occupational therapy reports and Loss of Service / Dependency. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware if my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses. I have given oral evidence in court and have been highly recommended by both Claimant and Defendant lawyers and counsel.

Since 2008 I have been employed as a Medico-legal Casework Supervisor and Senior Consultant for Somek & Associates and continue in this role to the present day. As Casework Supervisor I mentor a range of other experts, review case reports and I am involved in running training courses for Somek and Associates experts.

In addition, I have been working as an independent practitioner undertaking clinical work for PACE Rehabilitation (upper and lower limb amputee prosthetic rehabilitation) since February 2010.

Professional Affiliations
British Association of Occupational Therapists
British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR)
The College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section -Trauma and Orthopaedics
Member of Upper Limb Prosthetic Occupational Therapy Network (UCPOT)

Professional Education
Current Study    Postgraduate Certificate in Amputee Rehabilitation, University of Bradford
2002        MSc Occupational Therapy with distinction, Exeter
1994        BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, St Andrew's, Northampton