Sara Dickinson

Sara Dickinson

Chartered Physiotherapist & Expert Supervisor

Qualifications

Grad Dip Phys, MCSP

Specialisms

  • ​Trauma
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cauda Equina
  • Chronic Pain
  • Elderly Care & General Surgery

Introduction

I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1986, having completed my studies at the Manchester School of Physiotherapy.  I specialise in the fields of trauma,orthopaedics and elderly care.

Since 1999 I have worked at Ashtead Hospital, a private hospital in Surrey treating a predominantly in-patient caseload. I also supervise physiotherapy staff and students on a regular basis. 

For three years between 2003 and 2006 I was fully responsible for the provision of Manual Handling Training to all disciplines for two hospitals in the group and for seven years was responsible for the delivery of fire safety training to over three hundred staff.  I represented the physiotherapy department on  the Hospital Health and Safety Committee.

Current clinical responsibilities include day to day management of a predominantly orthopaedic caseload and particular responsibility for complex pelvic surgery and trauma, which often requires assisting in theatre to brace or immobilise the patient appropriately.  The pelvic patients often require detailed discharge plans and reports, as many come from other parts of the country or overseas and require intensive rehabilitation and provision of equipment or adaptations in order to return home.

In addition to my role in an independent hospital, I also have a private practice concentrating on the provision of domiciliary physiotherapy to the elderly and to patients recovering from surgery or illness.

In my clinical roles both in the hospital and in the community I enjoy a wide clinical caseload including;

•  Post –operative conditions including elective orthopaedic surgery, both upper and lower limb.
•  Revision surgery particularly those relating to the DePuy ASR metal on metal implant failures.
•  Chronic pain.
•  Vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis.
•  Cauda equina syndrome.
•  Falls

I joined Somek and Associates in 2009 as a Physiotherapy expert and have reported on both liability and quantum matters. I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers and have acted as a Single Joint Expert. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.  I have given oral evidence in court and have been recommended by both Claimant and Defendant lawyers and counsel.