The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury was launched on 28th November 2017. The purpose of this group is to raise awareness of ABI, give a voice to those not normally heard and be central point where key issues regards living with brain injury are discussed.
This document outlines the APPG objectives and purpose.
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
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 (ADAssistance.org.uk) 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 (cdoc.org.uk). They can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.