Somek & Associates' Jessica Thurston, Head of Medico-legal Operations and...
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MSc Educational Studies, BA (Hons) English, Dip. Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
I am currently employed as Head of Department, Assistive Communication Service, Charing Cross Hospital, London where I provide an assessment and advisory service to children and adults with disability who may benefit from assistive technology including that for communication, environmental control and potential integration with powered mobility. I carry a full clinical caseload and manage the overall service delivery including the multidisciplinary team. A wide range of diagnostic groups are clinically assessed, characterised by congenital and acquired communication disorders. I design and deliver postgraduate training courses concerning disability and assistive technology.
I have extensive experience in medico-legal work where I have been involved in the assessment and preparation of reports in accordance with legal instructions (personal injury and criminal cases). I have attended training in the preparation and delivery of evidence for Court, Woolf reforms and CPR. I am a Member of the Academy of Experts and a registered expert with the Law Society. I currently provide approximately 50 medico-legal reports each year for both Claimant and Defence (split approximately 50:50), and also on the basis of joint instruction.