Leading expert Dr Edmund Bonikowski and Chair of Clinical Governance, Professor Mike Barnes, established NRC Medical Experts in 2015 to provide solicitors, barristers, and the courts with the best expertise in neurological rehabilitation.
The UK has a chronic deficit of Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurological Rehabilitation in particular. They recognised the challenge facing solicitors looking for the right expert to prepare the high quality expert witness reports needed for serious personal injury cases. Their goal was to provide solicitors with quick and hassle free access to the best expertise.
NRC’s success has attracted a large number of Consultants, so today we offer almost all disciplines in most regions of the UK. Our role is to assist solicitors find the right expert for their clients and provide Consultants with a full back-office support package and assist their continuous professional development. Our internal recruitment and quality processes guarantee solicitors receive reports which are ready for Court and are of the highest professional standard.
Meet the team
Dr Edmund Bonikowski
A consultant in rehabilitation medicine with over 25-years experience, Dr Bonikowski has held acute and community-based NHS posts in neurological and amputee rehabilitation. Consultant at the Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre and leading the expansion of NHS neurological rehabilitation services in Somerset, he’s also been a consultant to several independent inpatient providers.
He founded and led the independent rehabilitation and case management provider, Kynixa, between 2001 and 2010 which delivered comprehensive clinical and vocational rehabilitation programmes to approximately 1200 people severely injured in accidents. In April 2014, Dr Bonikowski began accepting medico-legal referrals and now completes around 30 reports each year for people with brain, spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries arising from accidents and clinical negligence.
Professor Mike Barnes
Chair of Clinical Governance
Professor Mike Barnes is a highly experienced neurological rehabilitation expert – certainly one of the most experienced in the UK having provided over 3000 reports and made over 70 court appearances throughout the UK and overseas. Professor Mike Barnes, a neurologist and rehabilitation physician has been at the highest level of rehabilitation for many years.
He is a past President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Founding President of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation. Past chair of both the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) and the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA), Professor Mike Barnes’ expertise is in the field of traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions such as spinal injury and cerebral palsy.
Director of Operations
With a background working in housing and community-based support services, Frances worked within Local Authority Housing Management before joining NRC Medical Experts in 2016.
Joining NRC at this critical time, Frances was able to oversee the development of the business and has been working as Director of Operations ever since.
As part of her role, Frances has the overall responsibility for business operations, compliance with the administration team and operational performance.
Heather Lawrence, OBE
Heather Lawrence OBE has over 40 years of experience in healthcare, including 12 years as CEO of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Non-Executive Director at Monitor (now NHS Improvement) and more recently as Non-Executive Chair Person of the London Ambulance Service.
Heather was also a Commissioner for the Prime Minister’s Commission for the Future of Nursing and Midwifery. A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management, Heather was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List.
Head Office Administration Manager
Kate McMullen’s expertise and experience in managing neurorehabilitation medico-legal cases is invaluable to NRC Medical Experts. She has extensive knowledge of the medico-legal process which allows her to advise on the selection of experts for such cases. In her role as Professor Mike Barnes’ personal assistant for nearly three decades prior to joining NRC, she gained a deep understanding of how to navigate the complexities of neurorehabilitation cases.
At NRC, Kate oversees the Head Office Operations team, coordinating instructions, appointments, reports, and communication between solicitors and experts in order to provide a timely and high quality service. Her vast experience provides an important resource that allows us to successfully provide assistance with complicated cases that require specialized expertise.
Make an enquiry
To enquire about appointing an expert witness for your case, or to discuss appointing a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, request a call back or contact us directly.