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New projects outlined at Headway Annual Conference 2011

At the Headway Annual Conference in Hinckley on 12 September, Headway outlined a number of new projects that they are involved with, including the Headway Emergency Fund, Headway Acute Trauma Support (HATS) and the relaunched, nurse-led National Helpline.

The Headway Emergency Fund was launched this summer to help families and individuals cope with the practical implications of a sudden catastrophic brain injury. Grants of up to £500 are available to families with savings of less than £5,000, to help counteract financial hardship, meet the costs of travelling to visit relatives in hospital and rehabilitation, emergency accommodation costs, breaks for carers and additional family costs in the immediate aftermath of a brain injury. When a family or individual applies for the fund, their applications will be considered by Headway’s Executive Committee, which will endeavour to make a decision in two working days. To date, 44 applications to the Emergency Fund have been processed.

Also launched at the conference was Headway Acute Trauma Support (HATS), a new service aimed at delivering support to families at their time of greatest need. Nurses will provide comprehensive support to families in neuro-centres and the first HATS nurse has been established in the North West. They are looking to recruit a second nurse in the West Midlands. Headway felt there was an unmet need for such support for families, and through this service, they are looking to help meet clients’ needs by explaining jargon, providing practical advice, advising on benefits, advocacy and employers, and giving information on legal issues. The aim is to provide comprehensive support to patients and the families of individuals who have suffered major traumatic brain injury in the early stages after injury, and also to help those patients and their families to access available support and services from other agencies.

Headway have also relaunched their National Helpline as nurse-led in 2011. This helpline can be accessed by phone (0808 800 2244), by email (helpline@headwayorg.uk) or via their website.

Lyons Davidson were Baton Holders for Headway in 2010 and raised over £80,000 to support the services they provide to head injured people and their families, such as the initiatives outlined above.

Lyons Davidson are members of the Headway Personal Injury Solicitors List. For more information contact Headway.

Posted on Sep 16th, 2011 by Lyons Davidson