Dr Ivan Pitman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) Redford Court in Liverpool was recently invited to the set of BBC television drama ‘Casualty’ to discuss a forthcoming plot about a character with head injuries.
Dr Pitman, who was the clinician featured in the Louis Theroux documentary ‘A Different Brain’ was very impressed by the realism of the set. “The script writers are very clear that they want to reflect reality but with licence to create drama. I felt as if I was in a real hospital and kept feeling that I ought to sanitise my hands. The props too were very impressive, particularly those from the prosthetics department which created beating hearts and blood-oozing arms.
"It was fascinating to sit in on a screen writers meeting as they created the plot for an episode. We talked about the effects of brain injury on the individual and their families and friends, and introducing more psychology into the programme.”
Increasingly, the team from BIRT are being asked to advise on prevention of brain injury and how it affects not only the person with the injury but their loved ones and the profound changes that result. On this occasion, BIRT was also able to assist with the programme by introducing cast members to The Children’s Trust to widen their appreciation of brain injury amongst children and young people.