Meet Amanda Hunter

Please meet our new Paediatric Occupational Therapy Expert Witness, Amanda Hunter.

Amanda started her NHS nursing career in 1987, aged 18, and qualified as a registered general nurse three years later. She worked in medical rehabilitation, trauma and orthopaedics, dermatology, and renal dialysis. Her role as a staff nurse was enjoyable and fulfilling but ultimately frustrating as she could not give patients the level of care needed.

In 1993, Amanda decided to train as an Occupational Therapist as she had an interest in rehabilitation and a strong desire to deliver therapeutic care. After spending three years in different departments (a four-month rotational role) and in adult mental health, she decided to work with children and young people. She has completed additional training and specialises in sensory integration.

In 2013, Amanda left the NHS to become a full-time Independent Occupational Therapist. She works with children and young people who have autism, complex needs, ADHD, trauma, social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH), functional difficulties, and problems with motor skills and handwriting. She completes independent and school/college assessments and prepares reports for special educational needs tribunals.

Amanda still likes to make a difference in her role as an Occupational Therapist. She goes above and beyond for the children she works with and likes to think outside the box. As Amanda says, "Sometimes, it's the small things that can really change a person’s life."

When asked why she joined JJ&A as an Expert Witness, Amanda said, “The work is different, challenging, perfect way for me to use the skills and knowledge that I have built up over the years.” She added, “I chose JJ&A because I wanted to work within a friendly, supportive, and professional team.”

Amanda is married with two children, aged 17 and 20, and has a Springer Spaniel called Isla. Amanda lives in a small village outside of Darlington but was born in Jedburgh in the South of Scotland. In her spare time, she likes walking her dog, long-distance running (including the 2023 London Marathon), going to the gym, reading historical fiction and thrillers, doing anything creative, and having lunch with her friends and family.

Amanda works for Jane James and Associates as an independent Expert Witness providing paediatric quantum care, aids, and equipment reports and is instructed by both Claimant and Defendant Firms. Amanda has undertaken the Bond Solon Expert Witness training.

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