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10th May 2018 Central Hall Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH
IS IT WORTH IT?
Weighing up what is of value for life after Brain Injury
"What counts for most people in investing is not how much they know, but rather how realistically they define what they don't know."
Brain injury is the leading cause of severe disability. The financial costs for the country, in provision of acute medical treatment in hospitals and rehabilitation and care in the community or in long-term placements are high. Most importantly, it is also the costs to the clients and families in their sense of ‘wellbeing’, for instance, emotional stability, health, participation in life and security.
Do we actually know what these costs actually are and do they change over time? And how can we address these to dynamically balance the books in respect of an individual’s health and wellbeing, to achieve greater opportunities, productivity and quality of life, whilst also reducing uncertainties and financial costs.
This training aims to investigate the cost-benefits of ‘specialism in brain injury’ and investing knowledge, time and resources to achieve positive outcomes for individuals with brain injury and their families in developing their new lives.
The Arts Therapies and Brain Injury Conference: Optimising Outcomes Across Assessment, Treatment and Care
There is now greater awareness of the clinical importance art and music therapies can play in furthering successful client outcomes as part of the overall MDT approach. Delegates will benefit from hearing the latest evidence based research from world leaders in this area as well as practical sessions where delegates can explore these approaches and gain understanding how implementation can help optimise outcomes in both the clinical as well as medicolegal setting.
8th February 2018 BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP
Brain Injury: Out of Focus
The identification and treatment of the lesser explored complications of brain injury
This conference will highlight the numerous potential complications and sequelae following brain injury.
Presenters will consider diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options of those lesser explored complications and discuss ways to ensure that brain injury complications are not missed or overlooked by case managers, lawyers and treating clinicians.
13th July 2017 One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA
My Life; My Injury
A focus on neurological injury and the actual impact of clinicians.
These presentations will analyse immediate trauma care, decisions taken by neurosurgeons, rehabilitation on the ward, decisions about onward rehabilitation and getting back to the home environment and will relate in particular to the impact of litigation.
From the point of injury to getting rehabilitation in place and beyond The day will be a series of presentations from the front line of those involved in the immediate and long term aftermath of a brain injury. It will analyse immediate trauma care, the decisions taken by neurosurgeons, the rehabilitation on the ward, the decisions about onward rehabilitation and getting back to the home environment.
The sessions will deal with the more challenging scenarios faced by many clinicians in the immediate aftermath of an injury and relate in particular the impact of litigation. It will in particular seek to deal with the immediate difficult decision that need to be taken by the legal team and the urgent steps that should be taken at the outset. It will then seek to deal with the longer term aftermath; lives shattered and consequences follow such as involvement in drugs, alcohol, inappropriate spending/relationships and the management of family relationships which have clearly broken down.
4th May 2017 Central Hall Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH
Riding the Rapids: Negotiating the Challenges of Life after Brain Injury
As experienced practitioners in the field of brain injury, all of us know better than to expect a totally smooth ride…
Challenges arise as a consequence of the very nature of brain injury; the dynamic balance between engaging and empowering the client whilst also keeping them safe. As professionals, travelling with the client on their journey through life, we also face our own challenges, often against a backdrop of limited resources, in addressing conflicting expectations, perspectives, needs and demands of the systems and individuals around the client.
Theses presentations are designed to assist us with negotiating these challenges, and include family perspectives, time-perception and client engagement, as well as hot topics such as decision-making, risk-taking, social media and sex.
22nd September 2016 Pullman Hotel, St Pancras, London
Innovations in Clinical Practice
The aim of these presentations is to inspire clinicians to think outside the box when there is a limited evidence base for intervention.
They will focus on brain injury related problems that clinicians encounter that receive less attention in literature.
You will learn ideas for treating some, often neglected, but never the less important consequences of brain injury. The sessions will also focus on implementation of treatment tools and approaches in a range of clinical settings.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring often overlooked physiological, psychiatric and psychological deficits after brain injury
The examination of issues relating to brain injury and the impact on cases involving litigation. The course will provide an update on key issues and concerns in relation to neurology and litigation. Talks are from a solicitor, Counsel, Neurologist, Neuro-Radiologist, ENT expert, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultant and Occupational Therapist
Thinking Ahead: Life care planning and brain injury
Life care planning is a concept developed in the USA with its roots in experimental analysis of behaviour, developmental psychology and case management. Given that brain injury invariably has lifelong implications, these presentations aim to explore some of the elements of life care planning and to consider whether we can better meet the needs of clients and their families over time.
17th March 2016 Riverbank House, London Bridge, London
A Beautiful Mind
Helping us to better understand psychological and psychiatric sequelae, treatment and legal implications
These session aim to provide the user with an understanding of how solicitors approach and deal with difficulty psychiatric injuries and to increase awareness and understanding of psychiatric injuries. Users will gain a knowledge of the psychological therapies including psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural perspectives and have a better understanding on facial injuries and the impact it has on patients.
Users will also gain:
- an awareness of the neuroscientific basis of the Chimp Model and understand how it can be applied to recognise and begin to manage the sequelae of traumatic and significant life events.
- an understanding of the current definitions and diagnosis of functional neurological disorder and the overlap between physical precipitants, psychological precipitants and pre-existing personality and other factors in patients with functional neurological disorder. To also understand the treatment options and prognosis of patients with functional neurological disorder.
- an understanding of the complex decisions that have to be made as to whether or not someone's liberty should be taken away, how to medicate them and issues of diagnosis and treatment. To also gain a better understanding of the law as it applies to these specific cases.
Improving Child Brain Injury Outcome: From science to innovation in practice
Presentations at an in-depth level by leading national clinicians, practitioners and researchers to describe and challenge the misconceptions that are held by some about clinical rehabilitation – in terms of research, outcomes, and the idea of a ‘final end point’ with respect to recovery after brain injury; and in the process of rehabilitation. How should the concept of neurorehabilitation be understood in real life?
What are the positive changes and opportunities that can be identified by a perception that rehabilitation is about reaching one’s potential, particularly for children and young people whose brains are still developing, rather than rehabilitating ‘back to’ something?
Subjects to include:
- the neuroscience of brain development in adolescence along with philosophical challenges and questions about the concept of adolescence, and when this transitional period begins and ends
- the positive and creative changes for an individual following a brain injury: a story of recovery and living
- Neurorehabilitation goals within a story framework i.e. that aid the ‘story’ of rehabilitation in a scientifically valid and measurable way
- Paediatric neuroscience and brain scan research latest updates, particularly in relation to paediatric brain injury
- Trauma intervention development for use in brain injury