The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust(BIRT) hosted its sixth biennial conference in Manchester on 30th September and 1st October 2015. The BIRT Conference is the foremost brain injury conference in the UK, with this year’s event featuring 42 highly prestigious expert speakers from across the globe sharing research strategies, discussing developments in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with brain injury and sparking debate around new ideas and approaches.

Highlights included symposium presentations covering topics such as ‘The Psyche in Neuropsychology’, ‘Working with Alcohol and Related Brain Damage’, ‘Overcoming Barriers: Reaching and supporting vulnerable people with brain injury (including offenders and the homeless)” and ‘Assistive Technology for Cognition’. A celebratory Gala Dinner with guest speaker, comedian and activist, Francesca Martinez was held on Wednesday evening. Delegates enjoyed pre dinner networking in the Cloud 23 Bar, with the backdrop of a stunning sunset over the Manchester skyline.

More than 350 delegates attended over the two day event, with delegates and speakers travelling from across the UK and Europe and as far afield as Australia, South Africa and Israel.

BIRT also launched two FREE tools at the conference:

The BIRT Guide to Living - for adults with brain injury:This publication has been produced primarily for people with brain injury, their families, carers and professionals working with them. It is intended to provide practical help, support and strategies, and to maintain the goals which have been achieved in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and other settings.

The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI)The BINI is a tool to assist with identifying the deficits of people who have a suspected or diagnosed acquired brain injury and who may require adult social care and support. It is designed to be used by a social worker and collates input from the individual with a brain injury, a family member or friend, and a health professional to establish levels of recovery, deficit, insight and risk.

Ann Buckler, Director of BIRT said today: “The BIRT Conference truly is THE event for professionals with an interest in brain injury rehabilitation. We feel particularly proud to have been able to work with world-renowned speakers who travelled from across the globe to be with us in Manchester. We are also sincerely grateful to our exhibitors and sponsors, particularly Irwin Mitchell solicitors, who have supported us to stage what is now THE event for those interested in research, best practice and innovation in brain injury rehabilitation.”

If you were a delegate at the conference, you will receive an email within a fortnight with links to all of our speakers' presentations. Missed BIRT Conference 2015? Check out our resources section for training and seminars for professionals across the UK.