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Conference highlights rehab journey after ABI

NABIF event brings together speakers from across world of neuro-rehab



Michael Stubbs from Park Lane Plowden and Paul Brown from Burnetts and NABIF

A conference will bring together brain injury professionals and survivors from across the North of England to look at every aspect of the rehabilitation journey after acquired brain injury (ABI). 

The Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum (NABIF) is hosting Transition Across the Years Following Brain Injury on June 28, a one-day event which will focus on the lives of people after ABI and the interventions and support they receive on the road to rehabilitation.

Organisers have brought together a line-up of speakers from across social care, education, neuro-rehab and law – as well as families and individuals talking about their own personal journeys following brain injury.

The event will be opened by MP for Blaydon, the Rt Hon Liz Twist MP, followed by an array of speakers giving professional and personal insight into all aspects of brain injury.

NABIF is a regional group covering the North East and Cumbria under the umbrella of the national charity UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF), which aims to promote better understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injuries caused after birth, covering everything from strokes and brain tumours to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

This year’s event – being held at St James’ Park – is the first in-person conference of its kind organised by the group in three years.

The conference is aimed at anyone working with people supporting those with an ABI, including nurses, social workers, consultants, therapists, case managers, solicitors and barristers.

It is being sponsored by Newcastle’s Burnetts Solicitors LLP and barristers’ chambers, Park Lane Plowden.

Paul Brown of Burnetts, who is also secretary of NABIF, believes the event is an important date in the calendar.

“Burnetts is delighted to be supporting this conference, which offers a fantastic opportunity for people working and supporting people with brain injuries and their families to get together,” he said.

Paul and the team at Burnetts work widely in supporting individuals and families after brain injury. 

“There are a number of unique complexities in supporting people with brain injuries,” he added.

“Not only is every brain injury different, but it can often by very difficult for patients to come to terms with their injury.

“We provide a holistic service to the clients and families we support and advise them through every step of the litigation process.”

Places for the event – which includes lunch and refreshments – are £70 each and can be booked at

Michael Stubbs, commercial director at Park Lane Plowden, said the company is delighted to be involved in the event.

“This thought-provoking conference brings together all of those people who are involved throughout the rehabilitation journey faced by people after ABI,” he said.

“We are delighted to be involved in the conference, particularly as it’s the first in-person event for a number of years, and we believe it will be hugely beneficial to everyone who attends.”

There are also a limited number of exhibition stands available event at a cost of £700 which includes three free delegate places. Bookings can be made by contacting