Select Committee on Health Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by Mrs Pam Durrant (H28)

  I am employed full-time by the local charity Headway Cambridgeshire to support and advise the families of brain injury survivors. Sometimes my first contact will come from my regular visits to Addenbrooke's NHS Trust Hospital, which is one of the regional centres for neuroscience in East Anglia.

  However, on many occasions, I will "find" someone after they have returned home and brain injury may only have recently been discovered.

  From talking with colleagues across the country I understand that several hospitals have appointed a Brain Injury Co-ordinator. This person ensures that there is a "seamless" approach to case management of every case involving a brain injury and that agencies are involved in providing a rehabilitation and reintegration care path appropriate to that individual.

  This would take the onus away from family members—who are under enough stress and have enough other worries—and the pot luck nature of treatment.

  If there was one single thing which would greatly enhance the long term outcomes of people with brain injuries it would be the provision of a Co-ordinator to support them and their families from when they first enter the medical care setting and I urge the Committee to consider this as a recommendation for proper service provision.

February 2001

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