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.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Previous Meetings & Events

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

When: 5th December 2017 

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

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

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​

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Alex French, AFA Architecture talking about disability design

When: ​Monday November 27th at 6pm

Where: Royds Withy King, Midland Bridge RoadBath, BA2 3FP

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Social - Bath

When: ​Wednesday June 14th at 6pm

Where: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath.

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Social - Bristol

When: ​Thursday December 14th at 6pm

Where: Pitcher & Piano, Bristol.

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

When: 19th September 2018 10:00 - 12:00

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

Speaker: Alyson Norman, Headway Somerset

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Sleep Architecture

When: Tuesday March  28th 6pm

Where: Royds Withy King, Midland Bridge RoadBath, BA2 3FP

Speaker: Dr Johanna Herrod

About: 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.

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​South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk  

 

When: March 8, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  

Where: 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

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South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk - 'Complex Rehab in the Peninsula - Whole pathway approach'

 

When: September 14, 2016

Where: The Queen's Room, Seale Hayne, Howton Ln, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ

PROGRAMME

​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

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South West Acquired Brain Injury Group (SWABIF) Talk

When: 10am – 12.30pm, 9th February 2016

Where: Room LE15, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ

PROGRAMME

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.

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Benefits and ABI, South West Regional Group

When: 10 - 12.30, Tuesday 1st December

Where: Headway DevonX Centre,Commercial Road,Exeter,EX2 4AD

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Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), Jess Flanagan, Solicitor and Brian Cassidy, Social Worker/Best Interest Assessor, DOLs Team, Exeter

When: 10 am - 12.30, 22nd September

Where: Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Taunton

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

When: 10am  –12.30pm 13th May 2015

Where: Seale Haynes, Newton Abbott, Devon

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

When: 4 – 6pm, Wednesday 4th February

Where: Room 219, Washington Singer Building, Exeter University, EX4 4QG

About: 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.

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

When: 13th October 6pm

Where: Withy King, 5-6 Northumberland Passage, Bath, BA1 2HQ

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

When: 3rd December 2014, 10am – 12.30pm

Where: Clarke Willmott LLP Blackbrook Gate, Blackbrook Park Ave, Taunton TA1 2PG

Speaker: Jackie Burt, Registered Social Worker and Brain Injury Case Manager, West Country Case Management

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Update on Major Trauma Rehab Pathways

 

When: 1st October 10am - 12

Where: Foot Anstey Solicitors, Salt Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0BN

Speakers: Jude Fewings, Consultant Therapist in Neurosurgery, Dr Rachel Botell, Rehabilitation Medicine Consultant

Download MTC Rehab BISWG October 2014 here

© BISWG 2019. 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.