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Charity welcomes Minister's apology over minimum wage remarks

National charity The Disabilities Trust today welcomed the unreserved apology from government Minister Lord Freud about remarks he was reported to have made concerning people with disabilities not deserving the minimum wage.

Government announce injection of £120 million for mental health care

Confirmed yesterday by the Minister for Social Care, Norman Lamb; the Department of Health and NHS England has introduced new waiting time standards and early intervention services, as part of a plan to create parity of esteem between physical and mental health services.

Party Conference Roundup

As party conference season drew to a close last week, it was evident that the need to stabilise the NHS has been acknowledged by the Parties and will feature heavily in the run-up to the General Election.

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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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