"Brain Injury - A disability worth talking" about was the theme of the free educational seminar, presented by The Woodmill, Devon. More than 40 health and social care professionals from the South West attended, as well as personal injury lawyers. The event was sponsored by Novum Law.
Dr Sue Copstick, Clinical Director, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, and Erin Rodgers, Policy and Campaigns Manager for The Disabilities Trust, introduced the Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI). BINI is a social care needs assessment tool developed by BIRT and currently being piloted by local authorities in England.
Huw Ponting, Partner, and Claire Sagala, Associate Solicitor, from Novum Law, addressed the impact of The Care Act 2014 from a medicolegal perspective. This presentation had attracted many delegates to attend the seminar and was very well received. The final session was from Eddie Cattanach, Support Worker at The Woodmill, who told his own story of how a brain injury affected his speech and employment opportunities and how he came to be working at The Woodmill . ‘Regaining my voice after brain injury’ was jointly presented by Eddie and Gill Hardy, Speech and Language Therapist.
Emma Clark, Service Manager at The Woodmill, said ‘We were delighted to have so many people there and received excellent feedback from all the delegates who attended. It was clear that the audience found the presentations interesting and relevant to their work.’ Emma added, ‘We are already planning several additional events during 2015 for external stakeholders – starting with the opening of our new Family Centre in May.’