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BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics, MSc Evidence-Based Health Care, MPhil
I qualified with a BSc Honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1995.
I have worked in general orthotic clinics gaining a breadth of experience. Over the 25 years I have developed special interests in several areas of orthotic practice: paediatric neurological assessment and provision; diabetic foot care, adult neurological assessment, and provision. I have conducted training in these areas of special interest for some of the professionals that would refer patients: paediatric physiotherapists; podiatrists, including student podiatrists and physiotherapists treating adults with neurological conditions. The messages of these training sessions were rooted in evidence-based practice and often presented with an ‘experiential training’ approach, which helped convey the pertinent points of the session and the importance of robust clinical reasoning.
Since qualifying as an orthotist and in addition to my current senior clinical role, I have undertaken two further post graduate degrees. I continue to attend relevant courses, to maintain my clinical expertise and currency.
I accept instructions 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.