Nicola Heaps, one of our nursing experts, appeared in court in July this year. The case related to...
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BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
I qualified in 2003 as a Speech & Language therapist and my professional career has extended over 12 years. Having qualified from UCL in 2003, I became a specialist in the field of neurological disorders ( brain injury, Stroke, Dementia) and critical medical conditions (tracheostomy) and held specialist posts at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital, Alderbourne Rehabilitation Unit and in a specialist Stroke team serving Northwest Surrey. As well as working for the NHS, since 2009 I have been working in the private sector for specialist rehabilitation institutions as the lead clinician. During this period I have completed medico legal training and act as a regular expert witness for cases involving clients with acquired communication and swallowing disorders.
I have pursued my special interest in Neurological disorders and currently work as an independent Speech and Language Therapist in clinical lead posts for neuro-rehabilitation institutions in and around Buckinghamshire, including The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital (An International hospital for spinal and brain injury), Lynden Hill Clinic and a number of private clinics. In addition to my clinical skills, I am a fluent speaker of Urdu and Punjabi, with interpreting and therapy experience.
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 the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
2003 BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences, University College London