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Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Support 2014

Posted on the 27th May 2014

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) service has been supporting the charity Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week to provide support and highlight the issues surrounding caring for someone with a brain injury.

Action for Brain Injury Week was held on 12-18 May and the Trust’s ABI team got involved to help promote awareness of the week and support available. The service provides care to patients who have impairments as a result of an acquired or traumatic brain injury in addition to stroke and other neurological conditions. The ABI service based in Goosnargh consists of medium and low secure care and a dedicated ‘step-down’ service all of which offer 24 hour nursing care and work towards reintegration back into the local community.

Sue Tighe, Network Director for Specialised Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“These dedicated services provide specialist and essential care to Lancashire residents affected by brain injury. Staff work hard to provide a supportive environment giving service users the care, safety, structure and routine necessary to support recovery and progress.

“The high levels of integrated care means that the services can maximise rehabilitation, therapy and care benefits."

The services work to provide treatments such as occupational therapy, psychology and nursing. Together with input from speech and language therapy and physiotherapy these treatments contribute towards personal goals set by the patients to reduce the level of impact the injury has on their independence. Occupational Therapists help services users to develop transferable skills and provide structure into their routine during their time within the service.

Occupational Therapists from the ABI service organised an event to celebrate the week. The event included talks by a service user as well talks from Headway, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and Transitional Rehabilitation Units (TRU). In addition there were numerous table top activities centred on the brain, as well as creative competitions. The event gave greater insight and understanding into other ABI services and will be leading to future partnership working.

Liz Bamber, Development Officer from Headway said of the day:

“We thoroughly enjoyed the event which provided us with a deeper insight into the work that takes place at Guild Lodge. It was great to be able to hear some of the service users stories, some of whom will benefit from Headway’s community services in the future.”

Edith Potts, an Occupational Therapist within the ABI team at Guild Lodge who lead the organisation of the event said:

“Today has been about promoting what we do as a service and inviting other stakeholders into Guild Lodge. We are keen to make links within the community and other agencies to improve the quality of life for our service users so it’s been great to have the external partners involved to provide information about their organisations and also see the excellent work that goes on within Guild Lodge.”

The Preston and Chorley Headway branch holds regular support and information sessions to provide a vital network to ABI survivors and their families to come together to share their experiences and offer mutual support. Headway runs a confidential nurse-led helpline for anyone with a question about brain injury and can be contacted by calling 0808 800 2244 or please visit www.headway.org.uk