Introducing Chartered Physiotherapist & Expert Witness, Katharine Atkin... I recently...
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I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 from Exeter University. I am currently employed as a Senior Bank Occupational Therapist in a busy district general hospital working clinical bank shifts. I work in many clinical areas involving acute care with patients in general medicine, surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, and complex needs. This involves planning for discharge based on predicting the immediate and future needs of patients, liaison with individuals, their families, multiple agencies, companies, accessing rehabilitation, equipment and service provision to meet their needs.
My areas of specialism include complex needs (long term conditions and elderly care), particularly working with renal patients and vascular amputees, many of whom have ongoing needs and frequent the hospital at different times in their life journey. I have worked in acute renal care since 2013, and with vascular patients for a similar amount of time.
In addition to my clinical bank work, I also work in higher education in a lecturing post in Health and Social Care. My role is currently building a new foundation degree, apprenticeship course for aspiring Allied Health Professionals. I am seeking to develop and inspire the next generations of health professions, sharing my own skills and knowledge along the way.
I have considerable experience in leadership positions and I am able to prioritise tasks based on level of risk and service need. In leadership roles I have maintained service requirements and met individual staff needs in a supportive manner. I have excellent time management skills enabling me to deliver to schedules, successfully run rosters, prepare and run meetings, set targets and plans for delivery. I enjoy meeting and working with people and building a good rapport. I am an ILM 5 Coach and a British Empire Medal Awardee (June 2015) for voluntary services to youth and the community.
I have an interest in improvement work, engaging with individuals and teams to understand processes, I use data to support analysis, set realistic goals, test change and change processes, and I am able to evidence their achievement and success. I have worked on Trust wide service improvement programmes since 2018.
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 Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.