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Regional Groups

We know how important it is to have support of colleagues in your area so have established a number of regional groups around the UK. The groups are self-governing and organise networking and educational events. Click on the links to find out how to join your local group and to see events which are taking place in your area.

London/South East

The London Group is open to all practitioners working in the field of ABI. They are open to suggestions about topics and it’s an opportunity for practitioners to share ideas.


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Professional Curiosity and Traumatic Brain Injury

September 6, 2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stewarts Law, 5 New St Square, London EC4A 3BF

This presentation considers the  concept of professional curiosity, which has been raised in several serious case reviews and looks at how the concept can be applied to practice with people with TBI
Speaker: Dr Andy Mantell
Lecturer London Southbank University & BISWG Committee Member
 

Contact:

This is a free educational and networking event . You do need to make a booking to attend - please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk

BYO Lunch

 


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Tough Transitions: Children to Adult Services 

May 2017 1pm to 3pm (networking/refreshments 3pm to 4pm)

Stewarts Law, 5 New St Square, London EC4A 3BF


This is a free educational and networking event . You do need to make a booking to attend - please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk.

The event will offer plenty of time for discussion of your own cases and the chance to meet some of our trustees  - past and present - please see the full details below.

Chair: Erika Turner, BISWG Trustee
Speaker: Sharon Evans, Social Work Professional Lead, The Children's Trust, Tadworth Court



Topics: The Litigation Journey, Malcolm Underhill IBB Law
Capacity Issues, Jacqueline Almond, IBB Law

1.30 - 4.00pm, Monday 11th April 2016
Field Fisher Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London, EC4R 3TT

Programme

1.30 pm  Welcome from the Chair - Erika Turner, BISWG Trustee

1.45 pm The Litigation Journey, Malcolm Underhill, IBB Law

2.30 pm Capacity Issues, Jacqueline Almond, IBB Law

3.15 pm Networking

4.00pm Close


Topic: An Introduction to Personal Independence Payment for Support Organisations

Venue: Field Fisher Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane London, EC4R 3TT

Time: 1.30 – 4.00

Date: 23rd April 2015

Chair: Patti Simonson, Court of Protection Visitor

Presenters: Kam Patel, Partnership Support Manager from the Department of Work and Pensions and Paul Sandford, Deputy Tribunal Judge

Patti Simonson, Court of Protection Visitor will chair the event and Kam Patel, Partnership Support Manager from the Department of Work and Pensions will make the presentation which will cover:

  • Quick Introduction to DWP Visiting Service
  • PIP Claim Part One
  • Assessment Criteria – Face to face Consultation
  • PIP Claim Part Two – How Your Disability Affects You

This will be followed by a session entitled 'How to appeal a PIP decision and succeed?' from Paul Sandford, Deputy Tribunal Judge.

Booking is essential - please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk to confirm your free place


29th January 2015 An Update Welfare Reforms

Field Fisher, River Lane, London

Please click for location details http://www.healys.com/site/contact/londonoffice/

The meetings will take place in central London from 1.30pm - 4pm – please contact info@biswg.co.uk to book your place.

27th March Benefits Surgery – led by John McGrory, Benefits and Information Advisor, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park

3rd July The Mental Capacity Act – Discussion led by Fiona Zinger, Social Worker, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park and Patti Simonson, Head of Social Work and Benefits, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

9th October An Update on the new social care bill and health funding

The meetings will take place in central London from 1.30pm - 4pm – please contact info@biswg.co.uk to book your place.

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South West

The Brain Injury Social Work Group in the South West is led by Jackie Burt, who is also the Vice-chair of BISWG. The South West group covers a very large area which includes Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Avon. Jackie often plans meetings which are solely for the Brain Injury Social Work Group but also organises meetings in conjunction with UKABIF and Headway.  

All meetings are free of charge and open to all professions. In addition to their educational value these are great networking events. Free refreshments are available at all events.


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Devon & Cornwall Schedule

Topic:  Online safety – toward an understanding of the issues for vulnerable people

5th December 2017 

Enable Law, Salt Quay House, 4 North East Quay,  Sutton Harbour, Plymouth PL4 0BN

PROGRAMME

10.30 Welcome and Coffee

11 – 1.00 ‘Online safety – toward an understanding of the issues for vulnerable people’ part 1

Alan Earl, Harm Reduction Officer SWGfL and Police officer Avon and Somerset Police

1 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.00 Court of Protection Issues

Stacey Bryant, Legal Director, Enable Law

2.00 – 3.00 ‘Online safety – toward an understanding of the issues for vulnerable people’ part 2

Alan Earl, Harm Reduction OfficermSWGfL and Police officer Avon and Somerset Police

COST

Cost of Attendance £15.50 per person payable only via paypal or BACS

Bookings will be made via www.biswg.co.uk by clicking on the SIGN UP ONLINE button

 

Bristol & Bath Schedule

Monday November   27th 6pm  at Royds Withy King, Midland Bridge Road
Bath, BA2 3FP

Alex French, AFA Architecture talking about disability design

SOCIAL  - BATH
Wednesday June14th  
Hall & Woodhouse. Bath 6pm

SOCIAL BRISTOL
Thursday December 14th
Pitcher & Piano. Bristol 6pm

Please don't forget to book your place by emailing Karen Bassett at Karen.bassett@roydswithyking.com 


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Topic: The development of an intervention to support the social and community rehabilitation of Individuals with acquired brain injuries (ABI)

19th September 2018 10:00 - 12:00

Clarke Wilmott Solicitors, Blackbrook Gate 1, Blackbrook Park Ave, Taunton TA1 2PG

Speaker: Alyson Norman, Headway Somerset


Tuesday March  28th 6pm  at Royds Withy King,
Midland Bridge Road
Bath, BA2 3FP

Dr Johanna Herrod, Sleep Architecture

Dr Herrod has very kindly agreed to talk to us on the subject of sleep architecture, looking at the  barriers to achieving this, possible solutions and perhaps how this can be monitored in practice.

South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk  March 8, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  The Queen's Room, Seale Hayne, Howton Ln, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ 

Programme

10 - 10.45 Disability Benefits Charity at Seale Hayne - Kelley Camilleri, Psychologist

10.45 - 11.30  Support groups for Parents - Penny Weekes, Occupational Therapist - Specialising in Acquired Brain Injury
Children, Young people and Families

11.30 - 12.00 Networking

RSVP Chloe Hayward info@ukabif.org.uk


South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk
'Complex Rehab in the Peninsula - Whole pathway approach'
September 14, 2016
The Queen's Room, Seale Hayne, Howton Ln, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ

10:00 - Welcome and Registration

10.30 - 10.45 - Launch of Practice Guidance for Social Workers working with people where there may be an Acquired Brain Injury

Jackie Burt, Chair, BISWG and Jonathan Peacock, Partner, Irwin Mitchell Solcitors

10.45 - 11.30 'Complex Rehab in the Peninsula - Whole pathway approach'

Ruth Hall, Quality Improvement Programme Manager, Strategic Clinical Networks

11.30 - 12.00 Q&A and discussion from attendees

12.00 - 12.30 Networking

Please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk if you would like to attend.



‘A model of Paediatric Neuropsychological Intervention’. 

The next meeting will take place on 9th May at Foot Anstey in Plymouth and will include a presentation from Dr K F Magnus Cormack, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow.

Please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk if you would like to attend.


South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk

Date and time: 10am – 12.30pm, 9th February 2016
Location: Room LE15, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ

Topics:
10.15 – 11.00 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Service, Tamzin Gribble – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Head of Therapy) and Nellie Dadge – Occupational Therapist, Hannahs at Ivybridge
11.00 – 11.45 Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme for the South West, Ray Heal, Joint Long Term Conditions Lead, Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme for the South West

The presentations will be followed by discussion and networking.

Please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk if you would like to attend


Topic: Benefits and ABI, speaker TBC

South West Regional Group
10 - 12.30, Tuesday 1st December
Headway Devon
X Centre,Commercial Road,
Exeter,EX2 4AD

Please RSVP to info@biswg.co.uk if you would like to attend


Topic: Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), Jess Flanagan, Solicitor and Brian Cassidy, Social Worker/Best Interest Assessor, DOLs Team, Exeter
Location: Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Taunton
Date and Time: 10 am - 12.30, 22nd September 

Dr Peter Heywood, Clinical lead for Strategic Clinical Network for Neurology & Long Term Conditions in the South West

10am  –12.30pm 13th May 2015

Seale Haynes, Newton Abbott, Devon


What's going on in his head? An insight into the life of someone who’s suffered a traumatic brain injury

4 – 6pm, Wednesday 4th February, Room 219, Washington Singer Building, Exeter University, EX4 4QG

James Piercy was involved in a serious road traffic accident on 30th January 2011. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent nearly two months in hospital, James will be telling his story and hopes that others can learn from his experience.  James Piercy works for the Cardiff based Science Communication company Science Made Simple Ltd and developed the talk as a way of getting back to work. James will be joined by Huw Williams, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Co-Director of the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research.

Contact Chloe Hayward info@biswg.co.uk to book

The Dark Arts of Litigation – a guide for medico-legal experts/treating experts

Stuart Brazington, Partner, Withy King 13th October 6pm Withy King, 5-6 Northumberland Passage, Bath, BA1 2HQ
Please confirm attendance with Karen Bassett on 01225 730100 ext.1050 or email: Karen.Bassett@withyking.co.uk

What is so special about brain injury and why are cases so complicated?

Jackie Burt, Registered Social Worker and Brain Injury Case Manager, West Country Case Management
3rd December 2014, 10am – 12.30pm
Clarke Willmott LLP Blackbrook Gate, Blackbrook Park Ave, Taunton TA1 2PG
Please confirm attendance info@biswg.co.uk

Update on Major Trauma Rehab Pathways

1st October 10am - 12 . Foot Anstey Solicitors, Salt Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0BN

Jude Fewings, Consultant Therapist in Neurosurgery

Dr Rachel Botell, Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant

Please email Chloe Hayward info@biswg.co.uk or Jackie Burt jacqueline.burt@virginmedia.com for further details

Dowload MTC Rehab BISWG October 2014 here

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East Midlands

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2nd September 2.30 pm VP Forensics, Unit 11, H20 Business Units, Lakeview Drive, Sherwood Park, Nottingham NG15 0HT
A meeting with a difference - poster presentations, opportunities for us to learn about
what is happening across our region.  Anyone can bring a poster and talk
about their work in brain injury or their organisation.  
 
9th December, Headway Derby, 61 Canal Street, Derby DE1 2RJ. 
Speakers to be confirmed

 

Please contact Jacquie Owen at eastmidlandsabif@gmail.com to book your place



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4th March 2.30 pm venue to be confirmed.
Speakers are from the Office of the Public Guardian and Deputy Team from Freeth Cartwright Solicitors.
 
3rd June 2.30 pm Warwick Lodge, Melton Mowbray LE13 0RD
Speaker Prof Nick Alderman and team, Challenging behaviour and Brain Injury

25th September 2.30 pm Thompsons Solicitors, City Gate (East), Tollhouse Hill, Nottingham NG1 5FS

Speaker Julie Phillips, University of Nottingham


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North East

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North West

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NORTH WEST ABI FORUM (NOWABIF) MEETING

March 16, 2016

BASIC, 554 Eccles New Road, SalfordM5 5AP

Speakers:   Dr Ivan Pittman Clinical Neuropsychologist , BASIC clinicians & others soon to be confirmed.

(buffet lunch from 12.30pm)

Prestige Nursing have kindly offered to sponsor this meeting. http://www.prestige-nursing.co.uk/nursing-care-services/

If you would like to attend please contact: Sabrina.McCarron@cfglaw.co.uk



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Location: Lecture Room, Sid Watkins building, Walton Centre Liverpool.
Date: 20th August 2015
Time: Lunch at 12.30pm, Speakers commence 1pm
Speakers: 
Dr Ganesh Bavikatte - Consultant & Clinical Lead in Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr Kevin Foy -  Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
BASIC  (Brain and Spinal Injury Charity)
Kate Allatt CEO of Fighting Strokes Stroke & Locked-In Syndrome www.fightingstrokes.org

Next NoWABIF meeting will be hosted by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust at Redford Court, Liverpool onThursday 31st July 2014 from 1pm. Speakers will be confirmed very shortly.

If you would like to attend this meeting can you please kindly let me know so that I can confirm numbers with the host venue.

Please feel free to pass on details of this meeting to your colleagues.


The next NoWABIF meeting will take place on Thursday 5th December 2013 (2-4pm) at Irwin Mitchell LLP Manchester office.

The speakers are: Mr Bill Braithwaite QC, Dr Sophie Gosling & Dr Lois Shafit Hooper Clinical Psychologists (working in child neuro-psychology & rehabilitation) from Recolo Ltd, and Jonathan Betts Partner/Head of Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP.

Contact

Please confirm attendance to Sabrina McCarron by 19/11/2013 Direct Dial: 0161 838 7265 Email: sabrina.mccarron@irwinmitchell.com

The group are looking for speakers and host venue for 2014 - please contact Sabrina if you have a suggestion or would like to volunteer.

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Northern Ireland

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© BISWG 2014. All rights reserved.

BISWG Ltd is not able to provide assistance/guidance with individual cases to members. It is a group principally for Social Workers (though we welcome other professionals working in this field) Its aim is to provide an information and networking resource for its members. All members of the committee have employment in the brain injury field and their work with BISWG Ltd is voluntary in addition to this.