A regional brain injury forum is hosting a conference to discuss crucial issues raised in the Time for Change report.
The Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum has existed since 2008 and provides a hub for those with professional and personal experience of brain injury to share insight.
The Brain Injury – Time for Change in Northamptonshire? conference, on May 19, will focus on two key areas of the Time for Change report, which was produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on ABI and identified a number of areas where change is vital to benefit the lives of survivors and to protect future generations.
Sporting concussion and the criminal justice system will both be discussed at the meeting, which will be held in the Kettering Conference Centre.
Among the speakers will be Philip Hollobone MP, Member of Parliament for Kettering; Bobby Copping, a former Peterborough defender who will discuss his reasons for retiring at 19; and Holly Warner, project manager for the Headway UK Justice Project. The group will also hear the lived experiences of brain injury survivors.
St Andrew’s Healthcare, a prominent name in brain injury care in the area, was one of the founding members of the Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum.
Dr Keith Jenkins, consultant clinical neuropsychologist at St Andrew’s, is chair of the Forum. He has a track record in delivering support to the brain injury community, and helped to create the St Andrew’s Relatives’ Support Group.
“The role of the regional acquired brain injury forum is to bring together stakeholders in the field of brain injury within a defined geographical area, that includes; people with a brain injury, their relatives, statutory service providers and commissioners, lawyers and independent and voluntary sector service providers,” he said.
“These forums provide the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise and contribute to local lobbying for improvements in support for people living with the effects of brain injury and those working with them.
“We have had tremendous support for our previous conferences and we look forward to the upcoming event.”
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