- Loss of services in fatal accident claims.
- Cancer including mesothelioma and end of life care.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease including emphysema and other respiratory conditions.
- Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, stroke and other neurological conditions.
- Complex orthopaedics.
- Lower limb amputations.
- Hip and knee replacements.
- Associated pain.
Clinical Currency Statement
As at January 2021, I am engaged as an Independent Occupational Therapist and Sleep Consultant for an average of 12 hours per month.
Specific Injuries Experience
Jo has a broad experience of assessment for equipment, adaptations and care needs for people with acquired disability. She is an independent Occupational Therapist and her recent clinical work includes working with individuals following stroke, with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, and those with pain and chronic fatigue including Fibromyalgia.
Jo has personal experience of caring for a close relative at the end of life, and has personal experience of living with and supporting others with life limiting conditions. She has raised three children who are now young adults and has in depth knowledge of childcare needs and provision. Her clinical experience and knowledge together with personal life experiences has given her a compassionate and empathetic approach to end of life care and loss of services.
Since 1996 Jo has worked as an independent Expert Witness and has prepared over 400 medico-legal reports. She has extensive experience of attending experts’ meetings, pre-trial conferences and Court, and has given oral evidence under cross-examination in both English and Scottish Courts. Jo has prepared Loss of Services reports to assist the Court in determining the amount of damages payable. She has written detailed reports quantifying the past services provided by the deceased to their dependants, as well as those that they would have provided in future. She is experienced in assessing for provision of end of life care and she has personal experience of caring for a relative with a terminal illness.
Jo has been a quality assurer for Jacqueline Webb and Co for many years, mentoring new consultants and ensuring company report writing standards are met.
As an independent Occupational Therapist, Jo carries out assessments and provides recommendations for care, equipment and adaptation needs within an individual’s home. Jo receives referrals from individuals, housing associations, charitable organisations and social services.
Jo has worked as a Case Manager for Westcountry Case Management, undertaking assessments of case management needs and co-ordinating packages of care to include care provision, equipment, housing adaptations and leisure pursuits.
Jo is an accredited practitioner for CBTI, providing assessment and treatment for people with insomnia and other sleep disorders. She specialises in advising individuals where their disability impacts on their sleep.
Following qualification as an Occupational Therapist in 1984, Jo worked on orthopaedic and general medical wards in a large teaching hospital. Initially, Jo worked at the John Radcliffe and Radcliffe Infirmary Hospitals (Oxford) in acute medical, orthopaedic and neurological settings. She has 10 years’ experience of working for social services, visiting clients of all ages and with a wide range of physical and psychological impairments. Jo has also gained considerable experience of assessment and implementation of care packages and has provided assessments and advice for equipment, adaptations and other disability issues in an Independent Living Centre. She also has experience of workplace assessments.
Jo has a particular interest in housing adaptations and the preparation of Loss of Services reports.
Qualifications and Membership
- DipCOT, Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy (1984).
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).
- Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Care Expert Witness
Jacqueline Webb & Company Ltd
West Country Case Management
Community Occupational Therapist
Devon, Suffolk and Gwynedd County Councils
John Radcliffe/Radcliffe Infirmary Hospitals, Oxford