Introducing Chartered Physiotherapist & Expert Witness, Katharine Atkin... I recently...
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BA (Hons) Health Studies, Grad Dip Physiotherapy
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 and completed a range of core rotations in the NHS. I studied for a BA Hons degree in Health studies soon after qualifying and I became interested in working with amputees, specialising in the prosthetic rehabilitation of amputees.
I have extensive experience of working with amputees; from the post-operative stage through to discharge from prosthetic rehabilitation. During my career I have treated all levels of lower limb amputations including high level amputations of the hip and bilateral amputees. I also have some experience of rehabilitating war veteran amputees with multiple limb loss and high specification components, as well as children supplied with running blades.
Currently, I work in an NHS limb centre. I have an important role within the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and regularly attend team meetings where complex patients are discussed. I work closely with my prosthetic colleagues to achieve the best outcome for patients. Furthermore, I have taken a lead in the provision of microprocessor knees. This involves patient assessment using various outcome measures, evaluating changes and presenting my findings to the MDT.
I mentor many students on placement and train junior staff, as well as teaching manual handling to clinical staff in the centre. I am very keen on improving standards of care for patients and I strive to deliver services in line with national BACPAR (British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation) guidelines and local policies. In working towards this goal, I have completed audits to make quality improvements.
For the past year I have had the role of North West Representative for BACPAR. This involves supporting colleagues and organising two study days a year and attending meetings with the BACPAR executive group. To date, I have had two papers published in the BACPAR journal.
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.