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Tabitha Folly BSc(Hons)PT

Expert Witness

Tabitha Folly is an Advanced Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapist whose main experience is with the assessment and treatment of children with complex needs. Tabitha qualified from Brunel University in 1999, and upon qualifying she completed a rotational post at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals. These rotations included working with people with orthopaedic and neurological conditions, on the intensive care unit and in paediatrics.

Tabitha 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).

From 2003, Tabitha worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children where she worked in respiratory care, orthopaedics, neurology, haematology and oncology. The orthopaedic role required her to undertake rehabilitation for children with multi-trauma, including children needing Ilizarov frames, and multi-level surgery for children with cerebral palsy. Tabitha worked as part of a multidisciplinary team for children from birth to nineteen years, covering the acute inpatient stay through to discharge into the community. Tabitha was promoted to a clinical lead role in haematology and oncology working with the acutely ill children receiving chemotherapy for solid tumours and leukaemia.

From 2006, Tabitha gained further specialist paediatric physiotherapy experience working in the community in the North East London Foundation Trust. Here she managed a large caseload of children with complex disabilities including cerebral palsy, amputations, myotonic dystrophy and acquired brain injury. Tabitha worked alongside a paediatric consultant and occupational therapist to provide monthly multidisciplinary clinics, and has extensive experience of liaising with NHS and community based colleagues. She has also worked in a Neonatal Unit providing early intervention on positioning for premature babies and follow-up developmental clinics in the community.

In that post and then also from 2010 when she moved to South West Essex PCT as Community Paediatric Physiotherapist, Tabitha provided input to a wide range of complex cases in clinics, homes, special schools and nurseries. Tabitha delivered Early Intervention Programmes within the home, mainstream schools and Early Years settings. Tabitha has written physiotherapy reports to provide supporting information for children requesting an Education Health and Care Plan. She is also an experienced practice educator for physiotherapy students and provides training to junior members of the paediatric physiotherapy team. Tabitha provides education to nursing staff at their training days, and also provides individualised positioning programmes for children to both staff and parents. She has extensive experience of supporting children with special needs within education, working with classroom staff on physiotherapy programmes to promote development of gross motor skills, with advice on therapeutic manual handling, and recommendations for specialist equipment.

Tabitha is committed to maintaining her Continuing Professional Development. Tabitha undertook the eight week Bobath course in 2008 and the Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention Bobath course in 2014 at the Bobath Centre in London. Tabitha completed the NSPCC supervisors course in 2013 and continues to provide child protection supervision to an integrated therapy team. She has also completed an Effective Court Report Writing course.

Tabitha became an independent practitioner in 2012 and has worked alongside case managers with clients. She now works as an expert witness for Harrisons Associates. She has received training in the Civil Procedure Rules requirements for Experts.