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I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1979 and have had many years experience at a very senior level working in the field of paediatrics in a variety of environments, including a residential special school, a Community Learning Disabilities Team and as the Head Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the Child Development Centre of a large General Hospital. For 15 years I was employed as a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist by Harrow Social Services where my specific remit was to assess children with complex needs and widely varying backgrounds with regard to meeting their needs in the home environment. I have had wide experience of the assessment and provision of specialist equipment both in a home and educational setting, the design and specification of housing adaptations, moving and handling, the writing of reports for medical, educational, social care and legal forums and in child protection. I have completed the full Paediatric Bobath course and I am particularly interested and experienced in neurodevelopmental disabilities, especially Cerebral Palsy.
I joined Somek and Associates in 1998 as a Paediatric Occupational Therapy expert, since then I have written many medico-legal reports following instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers.
I am currently working as an Independent Practitioner and I have been engaged as a freelance expert for Somek and Associates working also as a casework supervisor, mentoring a range of other experts and reviewing case reports. I have participated in the training of other Occupational Therapists throughout my career and am now developing a paediatric training course on behalf of Somek and Associates.
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. I am on the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. I have also given evidence in Court.