4th November, 2016
We would like to let you know of an exciting funding application we have made to the AVIVA Community Fund, for funding towards our Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
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For a number of years we have run an innovative Neuro Trauma Support service, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which is the leading hospital in the region and one of the leading facilities UK-wide for people experiencing life early after brain injury. This service aims to support patients and their families by providing information, support, advice, advocacy and signposting in the early stages of the recovery following surgery and in-patient treatment for both traumatic and acquired brain injuries.
During the early stages of brain injury, the patient’s family often experience significant traumas themselves. Ensuring that the patient’s nearest family members are able to cope with the stress, fear and life-change they themselves are experiencing is critical, both for the family members own health and well-being, and because remaining in robust physical and mental health will enable them to provide the support and care the patient will need when they return home.
Our Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinators (HBIC’s) assist family members by:
An evaluation we carried out earlier this year showed that as a result of the support which had been provided by our HBIC’s, 100% of respondents stated that they had a better understanding of the effects of brain injury, and 100% stated that the support had enabled them to cope with the emotional impact of brain injury themselves or within their family. Some of the comments we have received on this service are:
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”