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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Full Member of Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)
I am an Occupational Therapist specialising in the field of rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities; my special interests are in gerontology, care/case management, multiple pathology, orthopaedics (including orthopaedic trauma and elective surgery (lower and upper limbs), traumatic amputation (upper and lower limbs), hand injuries and elective hand surgery), rheumatology and general medical and surgical conditions including amputees and abdominal surgery.
I worked for the NHS from 1995 to 2010 in various guises, including specialist occupational therapist, rehabilitation case manager and culminating in therapy manager at a rehabilitation facility in Cheshire. From 2005, I undertook comprehensive occupational therapy assessment and intervention with adults and older people outside of the NHS, alongside completing expert witness work.
I joined Somek & Associates as an expert witness in 2005, since then I have written many medico-legal reports being instructed by Claimant, Defendant and as a single joint expert. 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 addition, I am employed by Somek & Associates as an associate trainer, helping to train and develop new experts.