Our First Solicitor Training Event a Success!
25 October 2017
On Thursday 19 October we held our first training event for solicitors. It was well attended and we focussed on controversies in our field including the inappropriate use of the term "mild" brain injury, the need for SMART assessments to be used more widely, the potential of artificial intelligence to assist our work and the fact that neurorehab physicians are more useful in assessing quantum than neurologists!
“I think it went really well, showcasing the expertise you have and the depth of your service. So often you attend a conference with a couple of good talks and then a couple easily forgotten. Your talks were relevant and clearly showed your expertise.” – Feedback from one of our delegates.
The day began with a talk by one of our experts Dr Julian Harriss about mild TBI, giving an insight into how a neurorehab physician would go about assessing the impact of an acquired brain injury and some common pitfalls with the current systems which gauge the severity of a brain injury at the outset. Julian also explained how a brain injury classified as “mild” could lead to a significant reduction in ability, limitation in participation and poor quality of life, forming the basis for a substantial personal injury claim.
Helen Gill-Thwaites, founder of the SMART assessment and Gill-Thwaites and Elliot, delivered the second presentation of the morning. Helen talked in detail about assessing patients with persistent disorders of consciousness (PDOC) using the SMART assessment tool, and again talked us through some case studies where patients had been declared ‘non responsive’ by doctors and families yet when taken carefully through the SMART assessment process it had in fact been established that they were responsive, and therefore suitable for ongoing rehabilitation.
One of our managing partners Prof Mike Barnes delivered two presentations. The first was about getting the right expert for your client and included some very interesting statistics about the percentages of people who suffer brain injury, stroke or spinal cord injury and see a neurologist during their assessment and treatment in the NHS (a clue – it’s less than 5% - indicating that neurologists generally do not have the clinical experience to provide expert condition and prognosis opinion). Mike’s second presentation focussed on things that are ‘missed or messed up’ after brain injury and included information about some of the more unusual side effects of TBI such as altered sense of smell, taste and the slightly baffling foreign accent syndrome.
In a break from tradition our other managing partner Dr Edmund Bonikowski delivered a presentation about how artificial intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise case management. Edmund talked about some of the commonly accepted flaws of the current case management system, and how these might be addressed using AI. One delegate described the talk as ‘mind blowing’ and it certainly sparked some lively discussion!
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