Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an occupational therapist from Southampton University in 2003. I am an experienced occupational therapist in the area of neurology, specialising in acquired brain injury, stroke, and long term neurological conditions.
My main area of expertise is in the assessment and treatment of clients with cognitive, physical and behavioural difficulties as a result of their injuries, and I have over 14 years’ experience of working within the field of neurology.
I have worked in the private sector alongside the NHS since 2009 and left the public sector to work independently in 2011.
I currently work as a consultant specialist neuro occupational therapist within my own independent practice.
I provide assessment and treatment to adults and young people with neurological conditions and my skills include cognitive and behavioural management, physical rehabilitation, upper limb rehabilitation, seating and posture management, anxiety and anger management and vocational rehabilitation. I am able to work to identify long-term equipment and environmental needs, including house design and property adaptations.
My work also includes considering psychological and social factors to assess long term needs for the individuals and their families, and liaising with referrers and external services. Referrals are generally received via case managers and solicitors.
I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. 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.