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Goole Occupational Therapists at NEC

A number of Occupational Therapists (OT) from BIRT attended the OT Show held at the NEC in Birmingham on 26th and 27th November.

Coming soon! The Brain Injury Linkworker Service report

The Disabilities Trust Foundation Division is delighted to announce that the Brain Injury Linkworker Service report will be available very soon, providing a comprehensive overview of the team's work. Amongst the features the report includes achievements by our linkworker service in HMP Leeds, young offender institutions and the Leeds community as well as significant research findings.

Ty Aberdafen celebrates its first festive season with a Christmas concert

A great evening was had by all and everyone enjoyed singing Carols and Christmas favourites. Staff and Service Users had been working really hard over the past few weeks make the building look festive.

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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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