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I have been involved in health law since 1993, covering all aspects of clinical negligence and areas of medicine. My experience in this area of law ranges from lower value cases involving limited injuries right through to complex and maximum value neurological claims, such as birth injury. I have a particular interest in cases of spinal neurological injury.
Contributor to APIL's guide to Clinical Negligence (2008)
Following a degree in Business Studies I secured a position with a local law firm specialising in Health Law. The fascinating and complex combination of medicine and the law persuaded me to follow this career.
Being able to obtain an appropriate compensation package for those who have suffered from medical accidents, so that their future is secure
Recognised as the leading personal injury and clinical negligence practice in the country, Irwin Mitchell is at the forefront of this area of the law, and continues to go from strength to strength.
My young family of 3 boys keeps me busy and active (and I can still beat them all at football - just!). We enjoy living close to the Peak District and regularly make the most of what it has to offer. I am also heavily involved in our local church, supporting it in many and various ways.
It is very concerning to see these Government figures which indicate that so many cancer patients are not receiving appropriate care. There is an urgent need for further review into resourcing for cancer diagnosis and treatment services, patient safety and care.
The idea that whether you live or die might come down to where you live is deeply troubling, but from our work with cancer patients and their loved ones, we sadly see the impact of failures in diagnosis and treatment all too frequently, which is why are calling for improved and consistent care across the UK.
“We have been instructed to investigate the spinal surgery performed on two patients who have suffered very similar injuries this year when screws appear to have been incorrectly placed, causing extremely serious nerve damage.
“Operations on the spine are obviously very serious and complex but we will be looking into whether more could have been done to avoid the problems these two patients have faced. They have been left with permanent injuries and face a lifetime of extra care and assistance, and one of our clients can no longer get upstairs which has completely changed his life forever.
“Our primary concern is ensuring they get the necessary treatments and support they need to help ease their symptoms and enable them to live as independent a life as possible. We will also be investigating whether anything could have been done to avoid the problems in the first place and whether any lessons can be learned to prevent the same thing happening again.”
Patient safety should always be the top priority for any organisation providing care and treatment and it is extremely concerning that two care providers in Sheffield have been rated as inadequate by the CQC. A worrying series of issues have been highlighted by the Care Quality Commission and it is now vital that management and staff at Roseberry Care Centres and Comfort Call Sheffield examine the failings identified with the aim of improving standards across the board.
"Our work on behalf of victims of care home failings and neglect means we understand the consequences these issues can have for residents, as well as their friends and family, so it is crucial steps are taken to ensure that the failings which have been identified are resolved urgently.”
Waiting times in accident and emergency departments at hospitals around the UK have regularly been criticised, so it is extremely positive to see changes being made in Doncaster to try and cut down the time patients are waiting for the treatment they need. In our work we have seen the impact delays can have for patients and it is vital these are reduced as much as possible.
“However, it is important any measures implemented to reduce A&E waiting times do not have a negative impact on other areas of care. An increase in the number of people arriving at A&E departments in Doncaster will only serve to stretch the service even further, so it is crucial these measures are considered very carefully and are only implemented after detailed consideration.