Dr Paul Dockree, Dr Pamela Brown, Sam Cameron and Dr Brian O'Neill at the BIRT seminar in Glasgow

More than 100 delegates turned out for Glasgow’s BIRT seminar presented by Graham Anderson House, ‘They tried to make me go to rehab…’ – Insight, awareness of need, and engagement in rehabilitation after brain injury, on 7th November at the IET: Teacher Building.

Sponsored by Digby Brown Solicitors, the seminar was aimed at health and social care professionals working in the field of brain injury, including GPs, Commissioners, Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuropsychologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, and Case Managers.

The seminar was a great opportunity to hear from sector experts on subjects to help professionals to support their clients and to learn about working with impaired awareness, increasing readiness for, and engagement in, rehabilitation and much more.

Presentations included BIRT’s Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director, Sue Copstick, speaking on how to identify support needs for people with low awareness of need, and Pamela Brown, Senior Clinical Psychologist at BIRT Glasgow, presenting on overcoming the barriers of impaired insight in practice. Janie Hunter, Clinical Psychologist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, offered a video intervention to try to increase readiness for rehab, and Consultant Psychiatrist at BIRT Glasgow and NHS Lanarkshire, Saduf Riaz, discussed using the Mental Health Act to facilitate neuro-rehabilitation.

Additionally, Sam Cameron, a service user at Graham Anderson House, allowed the attendees to hear a personal story as he presented his poetic response to experiencing a brain injury. Read more about Sam's poetry here.

The overall feedback from delegates at the seminar was positive:

One person said, “The overall theme of self-awareness was very well presented and made me think of my own practice and how to support service users with goal setting.”

Another professional in attendance said, “A very informative and valuable conference with evidence-based practice, and lots of useful information in a short time.”

If you are interested in attending a BIRT seminar, there are still limited places left at our upcoming event at York House, 'A square peg in a round hole' - Exploring neuropsychiatry in a neurobehavioural setting, on 16th November. For more information click here.

(Photo L-R: Dr Paul Dockree, Sam Cameron, Dr Pamela Brown, Dr Brian O'Neill)

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