Barbara Franks

Barbara Franks

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert


BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Full Member of Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)


  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Conditions
  • COPD, Fibromyalgia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Mental Health


I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and have spent the majority of my career in the field of adult community rehabilitation. I have significant experience in the assessment and treatment of clients who have conditions including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebrovascular Accident, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Falls, joint replacements, Fibromyalgia and Arthritic conditions. Treatment and management of these conditions required an understanding of the impact physical conditions have on an individual’s mental health. As the lead therapist, I was allocated the more complex cases to assess and treat.

My previous roles, prior to this, have been within inpatient settings, involving the assessment of a wide range of physical health conditions and requiring expertise in time management to facilitate timely discharge planning.

I have developed specialist skills in assessing the client in relation to their physical, cognitive and psycho-social functioning. I have a particular interest in postural management and secured funding for specialist seating where I previously worked. My skill set includes, but is not limited to: fatigue management; relaxation; anxiety management; environmental assessments and falls prevention. I have an in-depth knowledge of adaptive equipment to maximise the client’s functional abilities.

I utilise my skills within the area of postural management to integrate with tissue viability, ensuring a holistic approach to pressure care. I have delivered training in this area, both within and outside the NHS.

In January 2021, I commenced a role as an Associate Trainer for Somek and Associates which involves training and recruiting of new experts and service development to ensure high standards are maintained.

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 Procedures Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.