Beyond Brain Injury – Headway East Sussex annual conference

On February 9th we held our 4th annual conference Beyond Brain Injury at the Amex Stadium in Brighton in partnership with ASB Aspire.

The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with a brain injury, and their families and carers with a focus on some of the common but often overlooked effects of brain injury, such as fatigue, dizziness and changes to personality, and the impact that these can have.

Experts from across the country were invited to share their knowledge with over 200 delegates. The programme included:

  • The Vestibular Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr Surenthiran Consultant Neuro-otologist, Medway NHS Trust
  • Understanding and Managing Persistent Fatigue after Brain Injury, Donna Malley, Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist, The Oliver Zangwill Centre
  • Advances in the Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr Michael Dilley, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in Neurorehabilitation, Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Services
  • Post Traumatic Growth, Dr Trevor Powell, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Brain injury
  • Brain Injury and Homelessness, Dr Ivan Pitman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychology The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust
  • Vocational rehabilitation, Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and Head of Service, The Camborne Centre
  • The future of Brain injury Rehabilitation, Professor Derick Wade, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

However, the overwhelming message of the day came from Catherine Train, a local young person who suffered serious injuries after a car accident 6 years ago in which she lost her father. Catherine’s point was clear: “There is life after brain injury” which is, of course, a message that we at Headway East Sussex all share.

The conference raised £4000 which will help us to sustain our valuable Advice and Support Service providing telephone support, advice and information, evening support groups, and our counselling service. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and everyone involved in making this conference such a great success.