Congratulations to Jessica Thurston, Somek & Associates' Chief Operating Officer and...
- To speak to one of the team, an expert, or for more information please contact us
Contact our office
Make an enquiry
MSc, BSc Physiotherapy
I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1992, and have specialised in the field of neurosciences since 1996. In April 2012 I transferred my position to work within the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Major Trauma Service.
Since May 2020 I have been employed as an AHP Consultant Neurorehabilitation as part of a transformation process for neurorehabilitation services across Greater Manchester.
Prior to working within the Major Trauma Service at Brighton, I had gained 17 years’ experience specialising in acute neurosciences. My previous roles as a Band 7, and clinical specialist physiotherapist in Neurosciences involved working within the areas of Neurosurgery (including critical care), Neurology, Stroke, Acute Neurological Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neurological Out-patients.
In April 2012 I transferred my position to work within the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Major Trauma Service.
Working within the Major Trauma Service as the clinical specialist physiotherapist, I led the physiotherapy management of any patient admitted following major trauma leading to multiple, and / or severe and often complex injury including: head injury / acquired brain injury secondary to hypoxia, spinal cord injury, vascular / orthopaedic injury including amputation, chest injury, orthopaedic injury including salvage surgery and complex pelvic surgery, and injury requiring plastic surgery.
I provided advice and worked alongside physiotherapy staff in other areas including critical care, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, general medicine, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and elderly care. My role also included supervision of both qualified physiotherapists and students.
My current role involves the leadership, supervision and management of the AHP teams working within the hyper acute and acute neurorehabilitation units at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
I am also working with the three post-acute neurological rehabilitation units in Greater Manchester in preparation for transfer to Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust as the single provider for neurorehabilitation services. This also involves the reconfiguration of beds and the establishment of additional beds to provide specialist neurorehabilitation for patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDoC) and who require slow stream cognitive rehabilitation.
This involves clinical work, and the development of standardised pathways of care for neurorehabilitation patients including those with: Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDoC); complex tracheostomy weaning and significant physical and cognitive disability. I am also responsible for ensuring there is appropriate training and supervision for all AHP’s working across neurological rehabilitation.
Since starting the Consultant role I have also taken on the lead role for Clinical Governance for neurorehabilitation services.
Additionally, between 1998 - 2009 I worked for a neurological physiotherapy private practice in South Manchester and maintained a caseload of patients with complex neurological disability.
I joined Somek and Associates in 2008 since when I have written many medico-legal reports following 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.
Since 2016 I have been registered on the UK International Emergency Trauma Register. I have received training with Humanity and Inclusion (formally Handicap International) and UK Med to prepare me for deployment to Humanitarian disasters working as a physiotherapist both within a UK field hospital and as part of a specialist rehabilitation cell and I currently participate in "on-call" periods for UK Med.
2007 MSc Neurological Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
1992 BSc Hons. Physiotherapy, Manchester University