More support needed for brain injury rehab, experts say
8th November 2016
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The need for a “stepping stone” between hospital and home for brain injury patients has been highlighted at a networking event hosted by a Shropshire law firm.

Medical, legal, therapy and care professionals came together for Lanyon Bowdler’s Brain Injury Focus Group event in Shrewsbury, which was the first of its kind to be held in the area.

The meeting was organised following the successful Brain Injury Conference held by Lanyon Bowdler earlier this year, which attracted experts from across the country.

Neil Lorimer, head of the personal injury team at Lanyon Bowdler, said the firm had recently established a Brain Injury Focus Group to bring together professionals from a variety of legal specialisms who dealt with cases involving people with a brain injury.

He said: “The aim of the networking event was to bring people together within this specialist area, and to build on the positive contributions made at the Brain Injury Conference.

“One of the key points raised at the conference was that although great strides have been made in acute medical care to help save people’s lives after suffering a brain injury, the same investment has not been made into rehabilitation and care.

“We hope that by holding regular events such as this, we can help locally-based organisations share information and ideas about how that balance might be redressed.” 

Among the speakers at the networking event at Lanyon Bowdler’s Shrewsbury offices was Dr Andrew Worthington, consultant in neuropsychology and rehabilitation at Headwise.

He said he was pleased the group had been set up, as there was a need for more information-sharing between medical professionals in the brain injury field.

“There is a lack of a forum in which people with a common interest can try to establish where the common ground lies,” he said.

“There is a lot of scope for organisations to work together in that area to help rehabilitate people who are dealing with a brain injury, so getting together like this is a good way to swap ideas.

“From our point of view, there is a real need for a stepping stone for patients between leaving hospital and going home or into residential care.

“As was said at the conference earlier this year, we need to improve the link between acute treatment and social care. That is the big challenge for everyone.”


Jo Lewis of the Shropshire Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team, Neil Lorimer and Kay Kelly of Lanyon Bowdler, and Dr Andrew Worthington of Headwise.

Also speaking at the event was Jo Lewis, team lead and speech and language therapist at the Shropshire Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team, who gave an outline of the valuable work the team did in Shropshire.

Representatives from a variety of care organisations also attended and said the event was a very useful exercise.

Neil Lorimer, of Lanyon Bowdler, said he hoped more networking events would be arranged in the future.

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