Staff from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) attended the annual BISWG (Brain Injury Social Work Group) conference at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester in June. Jo Carruthers (Service Manager, Osman House) and Sarah Rufrancos (Policy and Campaigns Manager for the Trust) staffed BIRT’s exhibition stand and were on hand to answer questions about BIRT’s services across the country and resources for professionals.

There was a great deal of interest in BIRT’s Guide to Living for adults with a brain injury, with visitors to the stand delighted to take away free copies. BIRT’s new publication ‘Changing Lives’, celebrating 25 years in brain injury rehabilitation, was included in the conference pack and its unique design was highly praised. BIRT’s cuddly mascot, Birt, was another highlight of the exhibition stand, with people keen to take ‘selfies’ with him and learn more about our brain injury prevention campaign, Show Your Brain Some Love.

During the afternoon session Sarah provided an update to delegates on the Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI), BIRT’s free resource for use in an adult social care assessment to identify the social care needs associated with brain injury. The BINI is included in BISWG’s new guidance for social workers which was formally launched at the conference.

Speaking after the conference, Sarah said: “Jo and I had a great day meeting delegates and talking about the support BIRT can offer to people with acquired brain injury. BIRT would like to thank BISWG for organising such a fantastic conference and for their on-going support of the BINI. We look forward to attending next year!”

The conference was attended by over 120 delegates, including local authority social workers and others working in social care, case managers, personal injury lawyers, care providers and clinicians.