The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) Clinical Executive is responsible for setting models and standards of service delivery, auditing services, promoting clinical governance, training and research. (BIRT is a division of The Disabilities Trust.) It brings together an international team of clinicians who, as well as leading our interdisciplinary teams in BIRT's specialist centres, are also involved in research and new projects, and share their knowledge through educational events and national and international conferences. We work together to make sure BIRT's services remain both excellent and innovative.
We are introducing a variety of procedures to ensure continued high standards across all our services and we are continually looking at all aspects of our work to ensure a high quality environment for users and for staff too.
Sue's career in Neuroscience has involved clinical, teaching and research work at the South West Neuroscience Centre, Plymouth and the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow. Her interests lie in improving neuropsychological assessment of brain function to the integration of positive psychology approaches within the Neurobehavioural model of brain injury rehabilitation. Her committee work representing Clinical Neuropsychology has included Health Improvement Scotland, NICE and The Scottish Neuroscience Council.
An experienced practitioner, Charles has worked in the clinical field for over 30 years with adults and children with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, including mental health conditions and behaviours that challenge. He has worked in both community and inpatient services for the NHS. Charles has taught extensively on his areas of expertise and has published a number of research papers. Charles is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Clinician for the Autism and Disabilities Service.
Miles is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist at York House, York. He has worked for BIRT since 2003 at our two hospitals in Yorkshire (York House and Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre). He trained and worked at the University of Florida and has also worked for the University of Hull as a Clinical Tutor in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies. His research interests include traumatic brain injury, neurobehavioural rehabilitation, and the impact of neurological disability on family systems functioning.
Brian is Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Graham Anderson House,Glasgow. He joined BIRT in 2009 and draws on experience from the Central Scotland Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre; Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit and West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, examining assistive technologies for cognition. In a Chief Scientist Office funded project, Dr O'Neill has developed Guide, an automated prompting technology to enable independent activity, for which he has won awards from both The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum in 2011 and in 2014 from Laing-Buisson.
Linda is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Fen House in Ely. She joined the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) in 2005.
She also supervises and lectures on the University of East Anglia doctoral training course in clinical psychology where she is an Associate Tutor.
Ivan is the Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Redford Court in Liverpool and to the BIRT Community Services within the North West. Ivan previously worked extensively within forensic services providing identification, assessment and rehabilitation for offenders with acquired brain injuries. Dr Pitman was also the Head of Service within the North West and the Senior Clinical Tutor within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool and is now involved with The Disabilities Trust Foundation in an investigation of the prevalence and impact of Traumatic Brain Injury among prisoners.
Sara is a Chartered Psychologist who started her career in Portugal, working at the Language Research Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Medicine before moving to England where she completed a Masters in Cognitive Neuropsychology and a PhD investigating the relationship between language and cognition. Currently Sara focuses on the outcomes of acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and evaluating the usefulness of technology to support independent living.
Helen qualified as a registered general nurse in 1991. She worked initially within Trauma and Orthopaedics.
In 2007 she joined the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust working as a senior Nurse at the Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre. She worked there until 2013 latterly as the service manager.
Janet is the Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist based at Daniel Yorath House and Osman House. Originally from Australia, she trained at Macquarie University and the University of NSW, before completing further training in Neuropsychology at Glasgow University. She is the former Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology and has taught on an Honorary basis at Leeds University. She has also worked for the NHS Leeds Community Neurology Service, Huntercombe and the Encephalitis Society.
Sam is Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Kerwin Court. He joined BIRT in early 2018 bringing strong leadership and a Positive Behaviour Support approach. Sam completed his training at the Universities of Leicester, London and, Bristol, and has held two previous consultant posts, one in acute and hyper-acute stroke services in the NHS, and the second as clinical lead for a neurobehavioural rehabilitation unit. Sam has been involved in CCG steering groups for community neurorehabilitation and has worked across organisations to improve compliance with the Mental Capacity Act.