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The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is delighted that their publication ‘The BIRT Guide to Living – for adults with brain injury’ was shortlisted and ‘Highly Commended’ at the British Medical Association’s (BMA) Patient Information Awards 2016.

The aim of the BMA Patient Information Awards is to support and encourage patient-centred care in meeting the needs of patients through the production and dissemination of accessible, well designed and clinically balanced information which will promote both greater awareness and understanding of health matter and patient choice.

The prestigious awards ceremony was held at the BMA on London on 12th September and showcased many outstanding examples of information for patients, which several members of the BIRT team attended along with Jonathan Betts from Irwin Mitchell who sponsored and wrote the chapter on legal advice and welfare benefits.

The BIRT Guide to Living – for adults with brain injury is a 70-page publication for people with a brain injury, their families, carers and professionals. It has been written by BIRT’s clinicians, therapists and experts in brain injury and is designed to offer support, practical advice and helpful information to those living with, or affected by, brain injury including service users and their families. You can find out how to obtain your copy of the BIRT Guide to Living here. A generous bequest from the late Gary John Winters contributed substantially to the cost of the guide.

Ann Buckler, Director of BIRT, was in attendance at the ceremony and spoke about the commendation: “The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust is extremely pleased to have been highly commended for the Guide to Living for which we have already had so much positive feedback. We wanted to make the guide as accessible as possible to those affected by brain injury including families and carers, offering practical support and advice for the difficulties often found in life after brain injury.”