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Claire Sproston BSc(Hons)PT

Expert Witness

Claire is an Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner in Paediatric Orthopaedics whose clinical expertise is within orthopaedics and neuromuscular paediatric conditions. Claire studied at Keele University qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1999. Claire is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is also a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).

Her first job was at Leicester Glenfield Hospital. As a rotational therapist she worked on medical, cardiac and paediatric wards. She spent time on both adult and paediatric Intensive Care Units,  including the specialist service of extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for both paediatric and adult patients. From 2000, Claire worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she worked in respiratory care, neonates, orthopaedics, renal, neurology, haematology, and oncology. This provided both in and out patient care for children living in the UK and Europe who use these specialist services. Emergency on-call respiratory treatment was part of the role.

Claire moved to the East Surrey Hospital in 2001 where she gained community experience providing care for children with prematurity, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular conditions, cystic fibrosis and orthopaedic issues such as Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (club foot). She worked closely with the orthotist providing splints and insoles for children. Treatment was provided in hospitals, hospices, schools and home settings. Claire had to produce comprehensive written reports for education, safeguarding and disability living allowance/personal independence payments.

In 2002 Claire began working as a Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton where she provided respiratory, orthopaedic and neuromuscular input to the children’s ward, neonatal unit, paediatric assessment unit, A&E, fracture clinic, child developmental centre and physiotherapy outpatients. She directed paediatric training for all physiotherapists on site and provided 24 hour support by telephone for on call patients.

Since 2013 Claire has been an Extended Scope Practitioner in Paediatric Orthopaedics at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She works in a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic mainly seeing children presenting with normal variance of the lower limb and gait, obstetric brachial plexus palsies, torticollis, talipes and developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Claire has experience with rare conditions such as skeletal dysplasia’s and complex syndromes. She is able to access assessment and treatment from physiotherapists, targeted training centres, stretching cast clinics, diagnostic imaging, hydrotherapy, orthotics, gait analysis, and genetics. She has attended training on good clinical practice, 100,000 genome project, Graf infant hip ultrasound course and refresher. She is involved in data collection and consent for international and national research projects for hip dysplasia (GWAS), slipped upper femoral epiphysis and Perthes (BOSS study), Duchene’s muscular dystrophy (Sideros DMD drug trial) and cerebral palsy (CPIP and CHOP). She is a certified trainer for the cerebral palsy integrated pathway for hip migration (CPIP). Claire is dedicated to her continuing professional development. She is level 3 trained in child protection.

Claire works as an expert witness for Harrisons Associates and is trained in the Civil Procedure Rules.