Introducing Chartered Physiotherapist & Expert Witness, Katharine Atkin... I recently...
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BSc Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy
Physical Disabilities, Housing Adaptations, Orthopaedics, Trauma & Neurological Conditions
I am a highly passionate and clinically skilled Occupational Therapist and qualified in 2011 with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy from the University of Delhi. I began working in the UK as an occupational therapist in 2014 and in 2015 gained a Masters in Advanced Occupational Therapy from the University of Northampton. I have significant experience in health and social care including mainstream hospitals and community rehab settings. In my career I have worked closely with people who have undergone elective and orthopaedic surgery due to trauma, have sustained spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, and developed neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. I completed my master's degree in occupational therapy with a special interest in long term management of cerebral palsy and neurological conditions. Over the years I have developed my expertise assessing people with physical and neurological impairments. I have considerable experience in identifying how these conditions impact a person's life and daily activities in the short and long term.
In my current social care role, I specialise in providing specific interventions and recommendations for Disability Facility Grant [DFG] adaptation and specialist equipment for young people and adults with highly complex lifelong conditions. These Disability Facility Grant cases are complex and I have to do an occupational analysis of a person’s physical and cognitive abilities to establish the most suitable adaptations to their homes that meet their lifelong needs. Typically, these people have physical and cognitive impairments originating from acquired brain injuries, spinal or orthopaedic injuries, or disease. I have a special interest in assessing patients for specialist equipment which can improve their function and ability to regain their independence. This equipment could be anything from a modular shower chair, wheelchair, to advanced bathing/toilet equipment and postural management systems. Most of the equipment is bespoke, which I design in close collaboration with manufacturers after completing specialist assessments.
I am a strong advocate for the patients I work with and this is reflected in my clinical practice. I take pride in helping people who rely on care from their formal or informal carers. I have a sharp clinical eye for identifying the level of care my patient would need by analysing their stage of impairment, which allows me to frame and recommend care packages that can meet their immediate and long term needs.
Along with excellent communication and writing skills in English, I am fluent in speaking languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujrati and many other Indian dialects. I am registered with HCPC and a member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
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 Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.