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Burns-Hoffman Consulting differentiates itself in the market by providing services developed and offered through unique, multi-faceted professional experience in the world of work. 

Who We Are and What We Do

Burns-Hoffman Consulting specialises in the provision of expert medico-legal assessments and reports in MVA, professional indemnity, public liability and medical negligence claims, as well as functional capacity evaluations in labour related incapacity matters as per the criteria set out in the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995.

Although Elise Burns-Hoffman stepped back from carrying out functional capacity evaluations related to life insurance disability claims in mid-2018, in preference to increasing her availability for the provision of independent, expert opinion in this domain, she remains available for the completion of assessments and reports in complex, disputed and or litigious disability claims.

In early 2019 Elise was joined by the medical rehabilitation specialist, Dr Sarah Whitehead, who teamed up with Burns-Hoffman Consulting in order to provide services in the disability case management arena.  Sarah specifically consults in the areas of determining claimant suitability to the case management process, the appropriate design and management thereof, alongside providing independent communication with those who live with a disability in order to engage with, guide and encourage during the recovery process.

Other areas of consulting provided by Burns-Hoffman Consulting include:

  • Independent determination of the suitability of employment of those with a disability, as per the criteria set out in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998.
  • Assessment of the suitability and capability of spousal return-to-work in divorce rehabilitative maintenance claims.
  • Facilitated mediation in medico-negligence and disability claims matters.
  • Expert witness training for health professionals under the banner of The Provision of Expert Opinion and Evidence as a Health Professional, which is a certified course run in conjunction with the Health Sciences Faculty of the University of Cape Town.
  • Specialised training workshops as per client request and design.
  • Business coaching – see www.bhcoaching.co.za

Elise Burns-Hoffman

Elise obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from UCT in 1987; completed a one year Certificate of Proficiency in Life Assurance in 1990; obtained a Certificate in Law through UNISA in 2001 and became a certified mediator in 2017 through the UCT-MIM training program. She held claims management positions with three international Reinsurance companies in South Africa and was one of the founding directors of a Lireas Holdings backed company before launching Burns-Hoffman and Associates in January 2005.

Burns-Hoffman and Associates enjoyed a national presence in South Africa and was represented in four provinces between 2005 and mid-2016. Elise chose to alter the business structure from the second half of 2016 onwards, so as to enable her to focus on specific areas of professional interest, expand her business coaching practice nationally and globally, while also investing back into the training of health professionals who choose to become litigation / forensic experts in their field. The latter gave rise to the first ever South African university certified expert witness training course for health professionals, run in conjunction with the UCT Health Sciences Faculty.

‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.’      Nelson Mandela

Elise held the position of the first Case Manager for the Red Tab Foundation of Levi Strauss in South Africa, forming part of the global Red Tab team from 2008 until early 2017, at which stage she elected to resign so as to pass the baton on. She considers the work carried out for the Red Tab Foundation to have been one of her most exciting and greatest career privileges experienced to date, with immense learning and understanding gained with regard to the challenges of the production environment.

Given her experience at the Red Tab Foundation, Elise founded Energyworks (Pty) Ltd in 2014 in order to provide a similar shop floor case management service to other production environments, since incorporated into Burns-Hoffman Consulting.

During 2012 Elise held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa and co-authored the handbook titled ‘Know your Rights, Claim your Rights’, a publication that has been used by many law faculties across South Africa and has since extended into a second, updated edition – see www.accountabilitynow.org.za

‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.’      Nelson Mandela

Dr Sarah Whitehead

Dr Sarah Whitehead graduated from UCT with her MBChB in 2010 and is currently engaged in completing her doctoral degree through the same university.

Sarah completed her internship at Tygerberg and Groote Schuur Hospitals in 2011 and 2012 and her community service at the Western Cape Rehabilitation Center in 2013. From 2013 until 2018 she was a permanent locum Medical Officer at Life Rehabilitation Vincent Pallotti Hospital, whilst also carrying out other locum work at Nurture Subacute Hospital, Sports Science Institute and the Robin Trust Subacture Rehabilitation Unit.

Having specialised in rehabilitation and case management, Sarah chose to focus on and complete her doctorate on virtually a full time basis from late 2018 onwards.  Her chosen area is that of the investigation into, and development of recommendations to be included in the South African medical undergraduate curricula in order to facilitate future medical practice that is disability inclusive.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Our Services

The core services offered by Burns-Hoffman Consulting include the following:

Our Philosophy
Our Clients

Client relationships are primary, priceless and lifelong

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