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York House Seminar News

York House’s annual free educational seminar again attracted more than 60 health and social care professionals from across the North of England.

Barrie's Blog 24th October 2014

You will be aware of the understandable outcry which followed government Minister Lord Freud’s reported remarks concerning people with disabilities not deserving the minimum wage. We commented at the time that people with disabilities are equal members of society and should be treated as such.

Government publishes its Regulations and Guidance for the Care Act 2014

The Department of Health today (23 October) published regualtions and guidance on the implementation of the Care Act, which will affect people with disabilities in England.

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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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