Catherine Sweby
      • Catherine Sweby
      • Chartered Physiotherapist
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    Catherine Sweby

    Chartered Physiotherapist

    Qualifications

    MSc, BSc Physiotherapy

    Specialisms

    • Neurosciences
    • Oncology & neuro-oncology
    • Palliative care

    Introduction

    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. 
     
    Working within the Major Trauma Service as the clinical specialist physiotherapist, I lead 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 provide advice and work alongside physiotherapy staff in other areas including critical care, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, general medicine, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and elderly care. I supervise both qualified physiotherapists and students and I work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. 
     
    My role also includes participation in National Major Trauma Service peer reviews and other national meetings related to the development of services, particularly rehabilitation. I have participated in an introductory meeting with NICE to review the initial draft proposal for the Rehabilitation Guidelines following major trauma, that is currently in development. 
     
    Prior to working within major trauma I had gained 17 years experience specialising in acute neurosciences. My previous roles as a clinical specialist physiotherapist in Neurosciences and as a Band 7 involved working within the areas of Neurosurgery (including critical care), Neurology, Stroke, Rehabilitation, Acute Neurological Rehabilitation and Neurological Out-patients.
     
    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.
     

    Professional Education
    2007     MSc Neurological Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
    1992     BSc Hons. Physiotherapy, Manchester University