Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum Conference 2019

‘Life After Brain Injury’

This one day conference explored ‘living life after brain injury’.  A host of speakers included a survivor’s story and professionals with extensive experience in their field of expertise. Topics included:  Working After Brain Injury, Driving After Brain Injury, Social Benefits and Bringing Together Younger People with an ABI.

Take a look at the presentations from the day here

“Advance Decisions ?…? What does it mean for treating / supporting your brain injured client”

We are pleased to announce out latest event :

“Advance Decisions ?…? What does it mean for treating / supporting your brain injured client”

Tuesday 20thNovember 2018 at 2.00 pm to book your place please email:


The seminar will cover the following topics:
  • What is an Advance Decision and how to make one
  • What are Advance Statements and Lasting Power of Attorney and how they can complement Advance Decisions (and might sometimes be a better – or only possible – option)
  • The legal standing of Advance Statements, Advance Decisions and Lasting Power of Attorney
  • How to support people in making Advance Decisions (and Advance Statements and LPAs)
  • What to do if you are handed a purported Advance Decision by someone (a) in advance of them losing capacity; and (b) on behalf of someone who has already lost capacity.
  • How to know if an Advance Decision is valid and applicable
  • Ethical dilemmas associated with Advance Decisions (e.g. when you don’t think the advance decision is in the person’s best interests; when family members disagree with the decisions the person has made; when you have conscientious objections to the course of action required by the Advance Decision; when the person making the advance decision expresses an intention to kill themselves and is refusing, in advance, medical intervention designed to ‘rescue’ them)
The seminar will be taught by:
Professor Sue Wilkinson (University of York) and Professor Celia Kitzinger (Cardiff University) who have carried out a great deal of research into end of life decision making and frequently run workshops for members of the public and provide teaching and learning opportunities for a wide range of professionals.  They also jointly run the charity Advance Decisions Assistance ( and have personally supported around 300 people to write Advance Decisions.  Celia is also co-Director of the Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre at Cardiff University (  They can be contacted via:

Using everyday apps to assist rehabilitation and life after brain injury – copy of presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended our seminar yesterday, “Using everyday apps to assist rehabilitation and life after brain injury”.

The presenters have kindly provided their slides with links to able attendees to access resources shared.

ABIF – Using everyday apps seminar

The presentation was well attended and well received by all.

Thank you Michaela and Heather for a fascinating presentation.


Using everyday Apps to Assist Rehabilitation and Life After Brain Injury

Free Seminar

“Using everyday Apps to Assist Rehabilitation and Life After Brain Injury”

 Thursday 14th June 2018
3:00-4:30pm (Coffee at 2:45pm)

Demonstration & Case Study by
Michaela Emm-Evans, Speech & Language Therapist & Heather Bushell, Occupational Therapist

Venue: The Kemsley Unit
St Andrew’s Hospital
Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5DG

To book your place at this event please contact


Movement Disorder after brain injury

Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum Present:

   “Movement Disorders after Brain Injury”

(treatments and support strategies)

          Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 5.30 pm

Including a presentation from Richard Welch of Remotion Limited on the Mollii suit.

The Sunley Conference Centre

Boughton Green Road

Northampton NN2 7AL


Tea and coffee provided: Doors open from 5 pm

To make a booking, please Email:

Concussion and Head Injury in Sport

Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum

Present a talk by Dr Ademola Adejuwon Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine

  “Concussion and Head Injury in Sport”

Thursday 12th January 2017 at 6.30 pm

The Sunley Conference Centre

Boughton Green Road

Northampton NN2 7AL


Tea and coffee provided: Doors open from 6 pm

To make a booking, please Email:

Welfare Benefits Seminar

The Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum is sponsoring a seminar on the welfare benefits system. This topic affects many people with acquired brain injury and professionals working with them. It is of particular interest at the moment with disability benefits issues featuring regularly in the news.

We are delighted that our speakers are provided by Frenkel Topping, the leading provider of financial support and advice for vulnerable individuals.

The seminar will be held at the Sunley Management Centre, University of Northampton, on Thursday 26th May at 3pm (closing at 4.30). It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about ABIF Northants and to become involved as a member.

If you would like to attend, please email to book your free place(s).

Conference 2015

Our conference held at the Kettering Conference Centre in Northamptonshire on Thursday the 21st May was very well attended by a range of survivors, carers and professionals.  There were some great presentations throughout the day and an opportunity to meet the expert at the end of the day.

ABIF Conference 2015 1


Some of the comments from the day shared on our feedback forms:

“Thank you for this event. I agree with James; “I will be better tomorrow than I was yesterday because of this event today!”

“Excellent exhibition which covered a range of areas of interest. Excellent speakers, especially engaging talk by James. Would love to return next year!”

“James Piercy – Fantastic, fun, informative, helpful”

“Excellent exhibition space – (NHS) had lots interesting parties & opportunities to find out what’s available in the local community & afield.”

“Excellent Conference, excellent content ”


Conference 2015

Our 4th Annual Conference will be held on the 21st May 2015

Brain Injury – Who Cares?

This conference will be exploring the implications of the Care Act and hearing how survivors, families and professionals continue to fight to get what they need by the end of the day you will be equipped to understand the issues and how to address them better than at the start!




Support for relatives of people with brain injury

3rd Thursday of the month
Help and information can be difficult to obtain when a family member sustains a brain injury. For example, following a road traffic accident, assault, or illness. At Kemsley, National Brain Injury Centre, St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, specialised rehabilitation for people with a brain injury has been provided for over 30 years. Alongside this, staff have worked with family members and partners to share knowledge and offer opportunities for support. We offer support to family members from Northampton and the surrounding area in the form of a monthly meeting held at Kemsley. Between 7 and 9pm it offers an opportunity to meet other people in a similar position to yourself, that is, following a brain injury to a family member. In addition, expertise from professionals in rehabilitation, for example, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work and Occupational Therapy can be made available to offer information and insights about life after brain injury and ideas to improve coping.

For further details and to confirm attendance telephone: 01604 616521

Information leaflet can be found here