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PhD, MA, MSc, BSc
After qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1988, I worked in a wide range of acute and rehabilitation settings in the UK, Australia and South Africa. Brain injury has always been my main interest, and so I have worked predominately in the field of traumatic brain injury and stroke. I completed an MSc in Neuro-rehabilitation in 1996 with a dissertation that examined executive dysfunction following traumatic brain injury. This stimulated an interest in the psychological impact of acquired brain injury and its impact on behaviour, mood and interpersonal relationships, which culminated in a MA in Psychotherapy and a Psychology PhD. After working as a head occupational therapist and neurology lecturer, I now work as a care and occupational therapy expert and specialist neurological occupational therapist.
I have worked as a medico-legal consultant expert for Somek & Associates since 2001, undertaking hundreds of care and OT assessments for both Claimants and Defendants. My case work involves the detailed assessment of clients with neurological, physical or psychological problems, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke and post-traumatic stress disorder. Much of my work revolves around complicated personal injury and clinical negligence cases that have aggravating factors.
I have completed a wide range of medico-legal training programmes; have experience giving oral evidence in court; and operate strictly under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.
Health and Care Professions Council