Successful Head Injury Information Day in Dumfries & Galloway

Head Injury Information Day (HIID) - Dumfries

Our first Head Injury Information Day for 2019, in partnership with Compass BISL, was a huge success in Dumfries & Galloway.

Feedback from attendees was that the day was “Very professional and informative", "Fabulous day. Best informative day I have been to of late" and “nothing else like this in the area."

We understand that living with a brain injury throws many challenges for individuals and their families. It is often referred to as a ‘hidden disability’ because the injury is not clearly visible to those than do not know the person.

This free event brings together people living with a brain injury, their families, carers as well as professionals working in the field. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other people with a head injury, find out what support is available in the local area and hear from leading experts.

Presentations were delivered throughout the afternoon covering a range of issues:

  • Restructuring rehabilitation in Scotland by Professor Alan Carson – Consultant and Reader in Neuropsychiatry, NHS Lothian and University of Edinburgh
  • Rehab and recovery through collaborative working by Kristy Blaen – Senior Occupational Therapist for Cumbria and Scotland, A Chance for Life
  • Is rugby bad for the brain? by Dr Willie Stewart – Consultant Neuropathologist, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at University of Glasgow and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • The law of future damages and rehab by Chris Stewart – Partner, Digby Brown Solicitors and Graeme Lind – Partner, Tilney
  • The journey by Zoe Meek – Community Rehab Manager & John Henry – Support Worker (Dreamcatcher), Compass Brain Injury Specialists Ltd
Presentations at the Dumfries and Golloway HiiD 2019

There were also over twenty exhibitors on hand to share information about the services and support available after a serious head injury, including A Chance for Life, Case Management Services, DG Voice, Epilepsy Scotland, Relationships Scotland Dumfries & Galloway and Visibility.

xhibitors at the Dumfries and Galloway HiiD 2019

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager at Digby Brown said: “We were delighted to work alongside Compass BISL to host an event that welcomed local people, professionals and so many great organisations to highlight the tremendous help and support available locally for those with a brain injury.”

David Sawden, Rehabilitation Centre Manager, Compass BISL said: “The feedback we have received from people on the day has been fantastic and I think everyone who attended came away with something from the day. Presentations were excellent and there was a real positive vibe and good buzz throughout the day.”

The next Digby Brown Head Injury Information Days will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh this May. For more details, please see Head Injury Information Days.