Why work as both a Case Manager and an Expert Witness?

We believe there are a great number of transferable skills in Case Management that are valuable to Expert work. These two roles overlap and intertwine throughout the life cycle of a medico-legal case. Essentially, the role of a Case Manager is the coordinator, facilitator and troubleshooter for an individual’s long-term care requirements. Case Managers, perhaps without realising it, already possess a wealth of knowledge and skills to be a great Expert, including:

  • Researching care rates and working with care agencies.
  • Understanding the costs involved in the recruitment process of advertising, interviewing and employing carers.
  • Keeping abreast of changes in employment law.
  • Analysing how many carers will be needed in a team to cover the care hours and working this into a shift pattern.
  • Understanding the requirements to provide carers’ training, supervision and induction.
  • Sourcing other professionals to provide rehabilitation.
  • Planning a client’s holiday or leisure pursuits.
  • Regularly reading and implementing recommendations from other Expert reports.

As an Expert Witness you can utilise the skills of being a Case Manager in a more predictable, ‘hands-off’ environment; the nature of the work is predominantly report-based and so complements the ‘hands-on’ Case Management role. In fact, many of our Experts say that Case Management is the perfect complement to Expert work!

We want to make it clear that Case Management is not a prerequisite for becoming an Expert with Jacqueline Webb, but it certainly cannot hurt your expertise.