Successful first Highland Head Injury Information Day

Speaking at a Conference

Tuesday 14th May saw over 300 people attend the inaugural Highlands Head Injury Information Day held at Eden Court in Inverness.

The event, the first of its kind to be held in the Highlands, brought together people living with brain injuries, families, carers and professionals working in the field of brain injury.  Mary Scanlon, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands Region, opened the event, with Digby Brown’s Robert Swanney, Partner in our Serious Injury Department and Kathleen McMonagle, the lead organiser of the event, also on hand to welcome those attending.

MSP Mary Scanlon opened the Head Injury Information Day Highland event 2013

Mary Scanlon MSP opened the innugural Highland Head Injury Information Day

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the support of NHS Highland, Headway Highland and organisations from across the region – Also exhibiting were Bobath Scotland, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, Capability Scotland, Case Management Services, Child Brain Injury Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau, Epilepsy Scotland, The Huntercombe Group, Self Directed Support Scotland and The Shirlie Project.

Robert Swanney welcome to Head Injury Information Day Highland 2013

Digby Brown's Robert Swanney welcoming attendees

In addition to exhibition stands, a wide range experts in the field of brain injury made presentations, including Dr Louise Blackmore and Dr Barbara Chandler from NHS Highland, Robert Swanney,  Gaille Gray, Headway, Susan Whyte, National Managed Clinical Network Manager, Neil MacLeod from The Shirlie Project and Connecting Carers’ Tina McGarvell.

Speaking at the end of the event Kathleen McMonagle said:

“Brain Injury can all too often be a ‘hidden disability’, which means that people living it with it don’t get the attention they deserve or know about the wide range of organisations that can help. It was fantastic to see so many people attend, share their own experiences and have the chance to speak to so many organisations and experts in the field.

"The day wouldn’t have possible without the support and involvement of NHS Highland, Headway Highland, all of the exhibitors, experts who gave of their time and Mary Scanlon MSP and I would like to thank all of them for contributing to such a successful day.

"I look forward to continuing to work with all of all of these individuals and groups in the future to support people living with brain injury in the Highlands.”

Attendees at Head Injury Information Day Highland event 2013

Over 200 hundred people attended the event at Eden Court in Inverness