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Barrie’s Blog 21st November 2014

There was great excitement at the Goole Neuro Rehabilitation Centre (GNRC) last week when Robert Plant CBE, renowned English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin, dropped in for a visit. He had come to see Jacob Gammond, the son of his friends Paul and Sandra.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publishes its Head Injury Quality Standard

NICE, the body that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care has released a set of standards for health practitioners to follow when they treat an individual with a suspected head injury. These guidelines are really important for the early diagnosis and rehabilitation of individuals who have a severe head injury.

Praise for West Heath House

West Heath House is delighted to have received more positive feedback from the family of one of the service users.

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Topical Stories

Tool developed to evidence symptoms of brain injury in a social care setting

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), part of The Disabilities Trust, has developed a specialist tool to help social workers evidence brain injury and its effects during the assessment and care planning process. A meeting between the Department of Health and BIRT at the end of 2013 established that some local authorities were concerned about building an accurate picture of the care and support needs of individuals with brain injury, because of the complexities of the condition.

Trust CEO Barrie Oldham to retire

Barrie Oldham, Chief Executive of national charity The Disabilities Trust, has announced that he will retire in the Spring of 2015. Barrie will have been with the Trust for 23 years in a number of roles including Service Manager for BIRT’s Daniel Yorath House, Director of BIRT and the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, before becoming Chief Executive in 2008. He initially trained as a nurse and subsequently gained a Degree from Lancaster University in Developing and Managing Services in the Community. A long and varied career within the learning and physical disability field followed, working for both the UK’s National Health Service and the charitable sector.

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