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I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the Grampian School of Occupational Therapy, Aberdeen in 1982. Since then I have had experience of working within a wide variety of treatment settings for statutory and charitable providers of services. I have specialised in the field of paediatrics since 1995 working in community and educational settings with children and young people who have a wide range of physical disabilities, sensory impairment and learning difficulties.
In relation to clinical intervention I currently provide a consultative service to Quest school in Kent, which is a specialised school for children with autistic spectrum disorders and whose teaching methods are based on applied behavioural analysis (ABA) theories of practice as well as working independently with children and their families within Surrey and Kent.
My medico-legal work involves the assessment of children who have a variety of congenital and acquired conditions. Each case requires the compilation of comprehensive reports and I liaise with other expert witnesses and legal teams in the preparation of these. I may be called upon to present evidence in court.
I have undertaken significant moving and handling training and was responsible for the delivery of training, related to people handling skills and inanimate object moving and handling, to a staff group of approximately 200 at the Royal London Society for the Blind, whilst working at Dorton House school. I continue to carry out risk assessments, both individual and environmental, and I have completed training in accessibility audit.
I joined Somek and Associates in 1999 and have written many reports on Care and Occupational Therapy needs, as well as Loss of Service and Dependency reports, being instructed by Claimants and Defendants and as a single joint expert. I have carried out assessments in the UK and abroad, including the US, Europe and Trinidad.
I have undergone training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses. In 2008, I became a medico-legal casework supervisor with Somek & Associates and I regularly mentor expert witnesses both in terms of report writing skills and preparation for case conferences, expert meetings and giving evidence in court.
I completed an Expert Witness Certificate through Cardiff University Law School in September 2009.
British Association of Occupational Therapists
College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice
College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Children, Young People and Families
2009 Expert Witness Certificate, Cardiff Law School
1999 BSc (Hons) Psychology, Open University
1995 Foundation in Social Sciences, Open University
1982 Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Grampian School of Occupational Therapy