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Ahead Together Conference 2019: Supporting family and professional relationships after acquired brain injury

12 September 2019

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. Find out more from the article in our latest Ahead of the Curve Magazine:

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 inaugural national Brain Injury Conference – this year focusing on supporting the family and professional relationship in the context of acquired brain injury.

Set in the iconic Rhodes House in historic Oxford, this conference for professionals will bring together family members of brain injury survivors and internationally recognised experts in the field to share their stories, learning and wisdom in understanding family needs after 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.

Speakers & Programme

We are pleased to announce that our key note presentation will be given by Professor Jeffrey Kreutzer (PhD, ABPP, FACRM Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professor and Associate Chairman Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University; Director, Virginia Commonwealth TBI Model System) who has pioneered innovative family interventions in the context of acquired brain injury.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Audrey Daisley – Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist UK
  • Dr Giles Yeates – Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Couples Therapist, UK
  • Dr Mark Holloway – Brain injury social worker UK
  • Maggie Sargent – Brain Injury Case Manager and Co-ordinator of Silverlining
  • Tracy Norris-Evans – Partner Royds Withy King and Head of Personal Injury UK
  • Nicola Hughes – Chair of Headway Darlington and wife of brain injury survivor
  • Nicky Wake – CEO Don’t Panic Projects and wife of brain injury survivor
  • Rob Kuschel – Brain Injury Case Manager and brother of brain injury survivor
  • Cerys Hughes – Child of a brain injury survivor
  • John Keen – Parent of a brain injury survivor


9.00-9.30 Registration
9.30-9.40 Welcome: Tracy Norris-Evans, Partner Royds Withy King and Head of Personal Injury UK
9.40-1.00 Morning session: Family perspectives

Chair: Dr Audrey Daisley,  Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

9.40-9.50 Introduction – The stories behind this conference: Dr Audrey Daisley
9.50-10.05 A Father’s perspective : John Keen
10.05-10.35 What if it happened to you? The spouse perspective: Nicola Hughes
10.35-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.20 What about the sibling relationship? Rob Kuschel
11.20-11.35 “I might be small, but my life is big”- the child’s perspective: Cerys Hughes
11.35-12.00 Family experiences after brain injury: Dr Mark Holloway
12.00-12.10 Session 1 Q and  A
12.10-1.10 Lunch
1.10-5.00pm Session 2: Service Perspectives

Chair: Dr Rachel Tams, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

1.10-1.25 Silverlining – connecting lives: Maggie Sargent
1.25-1.45 Developing services that support family and professional  resilience Dr Audrey Daisley
1.45-2.15 Can we rehabilitate love after acquired brain injury? Dr Giles Yeates, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and couples therapist
2.15-3.15 Keynote presentation:

Professor Jeffrey S. Kreutzer

The truth about love and divorce after brain injury

3.15-3.45 Tea break
3.45-4.15 When life threw me a curve ball – lessons from my journey back from my husband’s brain injury: Nicky Wake MD Don’t Panic Projects
4.15-4.45 Navigating the legal minefield: building the professional team around the family to support lifelong decision making: Tracy Norris Evans
4.45-5.00 Q and A

Conference closes Tracy Norris-Evans

5.00-6.00 Please stay and join us for a networking drinks reception (sponsored by CCMS) – all welcome


Throughout the day our artist-in-residence, Jo Brown, will be illustrating the conference themes.  Please take a look at her work during the breaks and she welcomes you to add your own ideas and drawings.

Ticket Information

Tickets are now SOLD OUT – however keep an eye out for updates on the event following the conference.

All profits from the conference will go to support The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity.

Save the date – 12 September 2019 – and come and join us moving ahead together towards more positive and meaningful family support solutions.

Thank you to our sponsors:


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