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MSc, MSCP, Dip Physiotherapy
I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1981 and have specialised in the field of paediatrics and physical disability for many years, working with babies, children and young adults with disabilities. Much of my post graduate education has been in the field of paediatrics and has included developmental physiotherapy in paediatrics, comprehensive Bobath training to an advanced level, orthotic management and clinical gait analysis in Cerebral Palsy children.
I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Cumbria (formally St Martins College). I also have full responsibility as placement tutor for MSc and BSc (Hons) placement provision and quality mechanisms for work based learning within physiotherapy. This involves, among other aspects, regular contact with practice settings and clinicians. I teach paediatric neurology at BSc and postgraduate levels and I am also the link tutor for inter professional education.
I joined Somek & Associates in 1998 as a physiotherapy expert and have written many medico-legal reports relating to clinical negligence, with particular reference to children with Cerebral Palsy and young adults with global learning disabilities. I have been instructed by Claimant, Defendant and as a Single Joint Expert. I have undergone training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
2007 PGCE in HE: University of Cumbria
2005 MSc in Rehabilitation Studies: Lancaster University
Dissertation: Therapy approaches for the primary school child who has Cerebral Palsy 1981 Diploma in Physiotherapy (Leeds School of Physiotherapy / CSP)