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GAIL RUSSELL

Occupational Therapist

Gail is an experienced HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with extensive clinical and management experience working in surgery, medicine, paediatrics and rehabilitation both in acute and community settings. Gail has worked in the NHS and private settings both in the UK and overseas; she has also delivered training and seminars to therapists and solicitors in the UK and abroad. Gail has particular knowledge and expertise in working with adults and children with severe and complex disabilities and more specifically, those who require long-term management of their needs including mobility, pressure care and postural care. Gail also accepts cases in orthopaedics, amputation and disability associated to trauma and pain.


Gail is an experienced expert witness having commenced her practice in 2010.  She accepts instructions from Solicitors acting for both Claimants and Defendants in both the UK and overseas.  Gail has undertaken comprehensive legal training and has a solid understanding of her duties to the Court pursuant to CPR Part 35 and understands the competencies required of her. She is very experienced in presenting a clear rationale for her opinion and is robust when presenting verbal evidence in conferences, Joint Discussions and at Court. 

ABOUT GAIL

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSc Occupational Therapy;

  • BTEC National Diploma in Social Care;

  • MSc Skin Integrity Skills and Treatment (due autumn 2015);

  • Postural Care Skills CIC Leadership in Postural Care;

  • North West Alliance and Academy 21st Century Community Leaders Programme;

  • Post Graduate Certificate “Postural Management for People With Complex Disabilities”;

  • An in-depth knowledge and experience of health care, including management of personnel and delivery of services with in acute care, rehabilitation and wheelchair services;

  • Working closely with other professionals and services in ensuring the best outcome for clients;

  • Expert Witness Training Programme.

RELEVANT SKILLS

  • Experienced Expert Witness;

  • Compliant with CPR Part 35 legal training;

  • Risk Assessments;

  • Case Management;

  • Needs Assessment;

  • Clinical Assessment of adults/children with illness and disability;

  • Skilled in carrying out detailed postural assessments and in interpreting results in order to apply appropriate intervention;

  • Conference speaker UK and overseas;

  • Training Clinicians UK and overseas;

  • Report Writing;

  • Effective Communicator;

  • Critical Evaluation/Research;

  • Strategic Thinker;

  • Organisational Skills.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Occupational Therapy;

  • Assessment of adults/children with illness and physical disability including head, spine, orthopaedic and pain problems, Amputees, Palliative care, medical, age related conditions and neurological conditions;

  • Gail is experienced in assessing the needs of individuals whose condition is likely to deteriorate as a result of their injury and subsequent disability and identifying the appropriate equipment and care requirements in the future;

  • Care;

  • Loss of Services;

  • Rehabilitation;

  • Aids and Equipment.