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Conference explores need for early intervention after brain injury

Headway Darlington event brings together array of insight into community brain injury support

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A conference is being held next week to shine a light on the need for early intervention after brain injury, and to highlight the scale of how many people are affected. 

The Headway Darlington conference has a theme of ‘Every 90 Seconds Counts’ which ties in with national ABI Week, and aims to highlight that earlier intervention post-discharge vastly aids TBI recovery.

It also ties into the message of ABI Week, which centres on the fact that someone is admitted to hospital with brain injury every 90 seconds. Statistics reveal that one in three people in the UK have experienced brain injury. 

The Darlington and Tees Valley area has traditionally seen a lack in post-discharge resource, meaning that Headway groups have played a particularly vital role in supporting brain injury survivors and their families.

The conference brings together Luke Griggs, chief executive of Headway UK, with other speakers including Peter Gibson, MP for Darlington, Dr Janet Walker, medical director for Tees Valley ICB, and Dr Geoff Hill, consultant neuropsychologist at South Tees Hospitals.

Jo Wallis from Headway Tyneside, and Headway Darlington members Bill and Dorothy Barclay, are among those who will deliver a presentation.

The Every 90 Seconds Counts conference will be held on May 19 2023, from 10.30am, at the Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel. 

To register interest, email conference@headwaydarlington.org.uk.

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