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Grad Dip Physiotherapy, SRP, MSCP, Full Member of Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)
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:
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.