Pernille Constantine
      • Pernille Constantine
      • Chartered Physiotherapist
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    Pernille Constantine

    Chartered Physiotherapist

    Qualifications

    Grad Dip Physiotherapy, SRP, MSCP

    Specialisms

    • Spinal Cord Injuries

    Introduction

    I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990 and I have specialised in the field of spinal cord injury since 1995 having worked at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre (Previously known as Salisbury District Hospital, Spinal Unit) throughout this period, as a Senior Physiotherapist. I therefore have extensive experience in the management of patients with Spinal Cord injuries at all levels. For many years I have been involved in the education and training of physiotherapy students and staff working in this specialist field.
      
    Since 2000 I have been responsible for the development and provision of the physiotherapy service provided for those with spinal cord injury who are living in the community. This involves:

    • Assessment of changing function and care needs for all spinal cord injury groups, from children to the elderly, recently injured to long-term injured
    • Providing physiotherapy support to Consultant clinics
    • Visiting clients in the community
    • Advising therapists and care staff about on-going physiotherapy needs
    • Providing physiotherapy treatment including rehabilitation, pain management, gait training, stretching regimes and posture assessment on either an in or out-patient basis

    I joined Somek and Associates in 2001 and have since completed many medico-legal reports on cases involving Claimants with paraplegia and tetraplegia, including those with ultra-high, complete and incomplete lesions. I have given evidence in Court. I accept instruction 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.

    Professional Affiliations
    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
    Health Professions Council
    Southampton School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Accredited Clinical Supervisor
    Representative to the Annual Physiotherapy Congress, 1994/7
    MASCIP – Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals 
    MLACP – Medico-legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

    Professional Education
    1990    Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy, Wolverhampton School of Physiotherapy