Nicky Plowman, Zoe Todd, Miles Rogish and Thomas Elanjithara from York House.

Health and social care professionals gathered in York on Friday 16 November for York House’s BIRT seminar, “A square peg in a round hole” – Exploring neuropsychiatry in a neurobehavioural setting. Held at The Retreat, York, the seminar was a chance for professionals to learn more about the neuropsychiatry model within an ABI population, as well as hearing news and developments from the team at York House.

Dr Thomas Elanjithara, Consultant Psychiatrist at York House, helped attendees to gain a deeper understanding of how neuropsychiatry is used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to brain injury rehabilitation at York House. Dr Miles Rogish, Clinical Neuropsychologist at York House, explained how the service has analysed service user data over a ten year period to develop services to meet identified need. He also gave attendees an introduction to the new women only ward at York House, explaining how and why this service was developed, and discussed plans for future developments at the service.

Senior Staff Nurse at York House, Zoe Todd delivered a presentation on the prevalence of diabetes in an ABI population, and how York House staff support service users in engaging with their own diabetes management, while Dr Ruth M Kent of Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, explored ‘Functional Symptoms and Medical Comorbidity and its effect on Brain Injury’, looking at mild traumatic brain injury and concussion.

Dr Steven Chapman, Clinical Psychologist at York House, rounded off the day and put the day’s presentations into context by giving a case study of a service user, explaining how a neuropsychiatric focus and risk management had been used to aid this individual’s rehabilitation.

The overall feedback from the event was positive, with delegates commenting that they “enjoyed the seminar, each presentation was great and very informative”.

Nicky Plowman, Service Manager at York House, said: “Thank you to all the team at York House and everyone who attended for making the day a success. We’re really proud of the work we do here at York House and very excited about developing the service in the future to meet individuals’ needs, so it was fantastic to be able to share this with professionals from across the sector”.

(Photograph L-R: Nicky Plowman, Zoe Todd, Dr Miles Rogish, Dr Thomas Elanjithara)