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Ahead Together Conference 2021: Supporting family identity after brain injury

9 September 2021

The 2019 Ahead Together conference was a fantastic, inspirational and emotional day full of valuable information for those in the field of brain injury neurorehabilitation. So following the success of this we have launched Ahead Together 2021, which will explore how brain injury impacts on people’s family identity.

If you are passionate about working with – or want to learn more about the experiences of the families of brain injury survivors – then this is the conference for you. Royds Withy King Solicitors are proud to announce their second national Brain Injury Conference – again focusing on supporting the family and professional relationship in the context of acquired brain injury.

Through linking the latest clinical and research evidence base and the personal accounts of family members, this conference promises to be an illuminating and informative day, offering a unique perspective on the needs of families and how professionals and families can work more effectively together towards improved outcomes.

Join us this time to hear clinical, legal, research and deeply personal perspectives on the impact of brain injury on family identity.

Hear from a range of speakers, including professionals and family members on the importance of supporting family identity after brain injury. We will be joined by special guest Lemn Sissay MBE who will deliver the keynote presentation.

Full line-up of speakers:

  • Lemn Sissay, MBE — Poet, author, playwright and Chancellor of Manchester University
  • Tracy Norris-Evans — Partner and head of Personal Injury and Compensation Protection at Royds Withy King
  • Dr Audrey Daisley — Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Oxford
  • Dr Fergus Gracey — Clinical Associate Professor – Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia and Honorary Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Charlotte Whiffin — Senior Lecturer, Adult Nurse, University of Derby & visiting researcher University of Cambridge
  • Dr Ndidi Boakye — Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Couples Therapist and Director of The Psychology Practice
  • Dr Mark Holloway — Senior Brain Injury Case Manager & Expert Witness, NIHR SSCR Fellow and Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham
  • Nicky Wake — CEO of Don’t Panic Events
  • Dr Giles Yeates — Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Rippling Minds and NeuroFlow Tai Chi
  • Nicola Cale — Assistant Case Manager, CCMS
  • Dr Helen Kennerley — Consultant Clinical Psychologist (NHS/MOD) and Senior associate Tutor (University of Oxford)
  • Trevor Greenaway — Founder and MD of 4Sight Business Consultancy
  • Tashi Hansen du Toit — Daughter of brain injury survivor

Programme:

9.00-9.30 Registration and Conference Open
9.30-9.40 Welcome: Tracy Norris-Evans, Partner Royds Withy King and Head of Personal Injury UK
9.40-9.50 Ahead Together: the story behind the conference

Dr Audrey Daisley,  Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

9.50 – 10.50 Keynote presentation

Lemn Sissay, MBE

10.50 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.40 Who are we now? Family perspectives on identity after brain injury

Dr Fergus Gracey, Clinical Associate Professor – Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia and Honorary Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust | Dr Charlotte Whiffin, Senior Lecturer, Adult Nurse, University of Derby & visiting researcher University of Cambridge

11.40 – 12.20 The role of identity in cross-cultural work with families

Dr Ndidi Boakye, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Couples Therapist and Director of The Psychology Practice | Tracy Norris-Evans

12.20 – 12.40 Q&A with Tracy Norris-Evans and Dr Audrey Daisley
12.40 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 13.35 Introduction to the afternoon topic of parental identity

Chair: Dr Mark Holloway, Senior Brain Injury Case Manager & Expert Witness, NIHR SSCR Fellow and Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham

13.35 – 14.05 Negotiating the sexual identities and needs of adult survivors with their parents

Dr Giles Yeates, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Rippling Minds and NeuroFlow Tai Chi | Nicola Cale, Assistant Case Manager, CCMS

14.05 – 14.25 Parenting alone – during and after my husband’s brain injury

Nicky Wake, CEO of Don’t Panic Events

14.25 – 14.45 “Who are you and what have you done with my dad?”

Dr Helen Kennerley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (NHS/MOD) and Senior associate Tutor (University of Oxford)

14.45 – 15.00 Tea break
15.00 – 15.30 “Warrior Dad” – brain injury re-defining what it means to be a father

Trevor Greenaway, Founder and MD of 4Sight Business Consultancy | Dr Audrey Daisley

15.30 – 15.50 The kissing hand… A teenager’s take on coping with her mother’s stroke

Tashi Hansen du Toit

15.50 – 16.15 Reflections and Q&A

Dr Mark Holloway

16.15 – 16.25 Call to action – a new group focusing on family and ABI linked with UKABIF

Tracy Norris-Evans | Dr Charlie Whiffin | Dr Audrey Daisley

16:25 – 16.30 Conference close

 

Ticket Information

Tickets and ticket prices can be found on Eventbrite by clicking here.

All profits from the event will be donated to The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity.

Sponsors

The event is sponsored by some fantastic new and returning collaborators, please click on their logos to find out more:

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Save the date – currently rescheduled for 9 September 2021 – and come and join us moving ahead together towards more positive and meaningful family support solutions.

Contact us to find out more about the conference.