Brain injury specialists from a range of health and social care fields attended Redford Court’s Spring Seminar on Wednesday 13 March. Entitled “Neuro Triad: a conceptual shift in Neurorehabilitation”, the seminar was a chance for professionals to learn more about neurorehabilitation, and how the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is using its research into service user ‘profiles’ to inform its approach to neurorehabilitation.
Speakers included Mary Lomas from sponsors Thorneycroft Solicitors, who spoke with empathy about the role of the solicitor following an acquired brain injury, and Dr Ivan Pitman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Redford Court, who introduced ‘The Neuro Triad Profile’. He explained that by recognising that no two brain injuries are the same, BIRT services are able to provide a tailored rehabilitation approach for each individual, based on their needs and clinical presentation, or profile.
Members of the multidisciplinary team at Redford Court, including Occupational Therapist Stuart Wilkin, Speech and Language Therapist Claire Woodhouse, and Physiotherapist Sue Tobin, then provided an overview of each profile, explaining how rehabilitation is tailored to individuals using case studies from previous service users.
Service User Involvement Lead at Redford Court, Michael Boardman, rounded off the seminar with a reminder of the importance of putting the service user at the heart of their rehabilitation. Michael explained how engagement with rehabilitation can be maximised by involving the service user with every step of their rehabilitation planning.
Lisa Jones, Service Manager at Redford Court, said “This year’s seminar was brilliantly received. The team showcased the rehabilitation profiles used to identify pathways for service users during and following their rehabilitation. Thank you to our sponsor Thorneycroft, all of our speakers, and to all the attendees – we look forward to welcoming you back for our 2020 seminar.”
Speaker Mary Lomas, from Thorneycroft, said “It was a pleasure to attend the conference and to speak in such esteemed company. Thorneycroft Solicitors are proud to support BIRT and the ground breaking work that they do. As lawyers we see the impact that well managed rehabilitation can have and understand the importance it has on a brain injured client so that they can try to live as normal and enjoyable a life as possible. The conference really demonstrated the compassion and dedication of the BIRT team, and their research shows that those with a brain injury can, and should be, treated as individuals with a life to lead, rather than just another patient.”