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Brain Injury Support in NI leaflet series launched to mark Action for Brain Injury Week 2018

Pictured at the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit during Action for Brain Injury Week 2018 launching the Brain Injury Support in NI leaflet series. Front row (from L-R): David Petticrew, Health and Social Care Board, Nicola McCann, Reconnect, Carmel Lavery, Stroke Association, Johny Turnbull, Headway, Joyce Shaw, RABIU, Elaine Armstrong, Cedar, Catherine Quinn, Brain Injury Matters and Natalie Robinson, Child Brain Injury Trust. Back row (from L-R): Mark Erskine, Cedar, Colin Neil, Reconnect, Steve Derby, Headway, Gordon Dickson, Brainwaves NI, Arthur Moore, Headway Larne, Margaret McCann, Cedar and Alison Moss, Jigsaw NI.

A new leaflet series detailing Brain Injury Support in Northern Ireland was launched at the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit in Belfast to mark Action for Brain Injury Week 2018. Health professionals from the Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency and the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit joined forces with partners from Headway, Reconnect, the Stroke Association, Cedar, Brain Injury Matters, the Child Brain Injury Trust, Brainwaves NI and Jigsaw NI.

Click here to view our photo gallery from the event.

Welcoming the revised resources, Johny Turnbull, Network Support Manager for Headway, said,“We are thrilled that the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency remain committed to supporting this vital information resource. The content is concise and not overbearing therefore giving the right information, at the right time, to those affected by brain injury and their wider support networks. We hope that the new material will continue to benefit many individuals living with brain injury and their families during their brain injury journey”.

The leaflet series provides up-to-date information condensing the eight leaflets produced in 2011 to six leaflets. The new series was produced, reflecting changes put forward from engagement with Community Brain Injury Teams, health professionals, voluntary and community sector groups, carers and service users from across Northern Ireland in 2017.

Furthermore, the information resources support Recommendation 21 of the RQIA Review of Brain Injury Services in Northern Ireland (2015).

Acquired Brain Injury In Children And Young People0.1 MiB2488
Afternoon Tea With A Twist Flyer0.8 MiB1194
Arrival At Hospital And Early Treatment For Moderate To Severe Acquired Brain Injury0.1 MiB2460
Family Dynamics And Caring Responsibilities0.1 MiB2406
Information On Brain Injury0.2 MiB2826
Recovery And Early Rehabilitation0.1 MiB2466
Rehabilitation92 KiB2824

Praising the collaborative approach, David Petticrew, Commissioning Lead at the Health and Social Care Board, said, “The Board and Public Health Agency are delighted to help launch the updated copies of the Brain Injury Support in Northern Ireland leaflet series to mark Brain Injury Week 2018. Action for Brain Injury Week provides everyone who cares about improving life after brain injury the opportunity to come together to raise awareness.

Front cover of the general Brain Injury Leaflet“We want to inform the public about the challenges that brain injury can bring and the life changing impact upon the lives of individuals, their families and carers.  Many people live with memory loss, mobility problems or personality changes.

“The leaflets are the result of the dedicated work of the ABI Communications Group, with input from a wide range of stakeholders, including service users and carers. The series contains a range of useful information for people with Brain Injury and their families, helping to further improve the quality and range of information available for people affected by Brain Injury.”