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Introducing Rachel Treanor – Clinical Case Manager

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Rachel has recently joined Tania Brown Ltd as a Clinical Case Manager. Rachel graduated as a Registered General Nurse in 2000 at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, with a Diploma in Higher Education. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse working in acute respiratory medicine in Yorkshire.

In 2014 Rachel began working as an independent consultant and currently is a bank Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). She also advised on palliative care and best practice for the patient.

In 2017 Rachel joined a legal team offering support and assistance towards people who have been subjected to medical negligence, i.e pressure ulcers.

We are extremely thrilled to have Rachel as part of our team.

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Introducing Diane Lazzarano – Clinical Case Manager

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Diane has recently joined Tania Brown Ltd as a Clinical Case Manager. Diane has over 18 years of experience working in social care both in the Statutory, Voluntary and Third Sector in the UK. Diane qualified from Leeds University in 2003 with a Diploma in Social Work.

Diane’s philosophy is to be open, honest, and approachable and to be flexible and innovative in meeting the needs of any injured person and their families. Her particular strengths lie in knowledge and negotiation of the social care statutory and voluntary sector both adults and children, completing assessment based on the individual client needs, formulating client-focussed support plans, resourcing and securing services, equipment, and funding to meet the assessed needs.

We are extremely thrilled to have Diane as part of our team.

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Acquired Brain Injury: The lived experience of relatives and friends.

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BABICM carried out a survey entitled  Acquired Brain Injury: The lived experience of relatives & friends.  This has been paraphrased as below:-

Family members are themselves affected by the impact of Acquired Brain Injury
(ABI) upon their relatives and they play an important role in the rehabilitation and
long term support required. The study aimed to understand how families are
impacted and their views on the formal and informal support received directly or
indirectly as a consequence of the ABI. To date there has been very little research
undertaken by social workers in relation to ABI and/or the experience of family
members.

A mixed methods research design was employed to capture the lived experience of
family members of people with ABI. The results of the quantitative and qualitative
data were triangulated against the literature. An online survey was completed by 110
relatives of people with an ABI, seeking their experience of the condition, its impact
upon their lives and their views of services. The results of the survey were collated
and organised in SPSS (version 24). Non-¬‐parametric Spearman’s Rho Correlations
(non-¬‐parametric test) were performed upon the results.

The research identified that family members’ experience is complex and enduring,
encompassing most aspects of life, and is affected by the context in which it occurs
as well as by formal and informal support structures. The particular nature of the
grief and loss experienced by families is ambiguous and develops over time.

Quantitative data identified that Brain Injury Case Managers were the most
positively reported upon service, followed by Neuropsychologists and the charity
Headway. The least positively reported upon service was Social Work. Greater
understanding of the complex lived experience of family members may support
more effective responses to both them and the individual with ABI, integrating
services and families to improve quality-¬of-¬life. As ABI is a process with changes to
functioning developing over time, the information and knowledge required by
loving and supportive relatives needs to be created with them, being person, family,
injury and context-specific.

To read the full article please follow the link

BABICM Article

 

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Osseo-integration, prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation

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The TBL staff received a training session on osseo-integration, prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation from the team at Mint Rehab. The team take a very functional approach setting tasks in context of the client’s day to day life, rather than doing “therapy” tasks. They detailed the approach to osseo-integration, latest research and any contra-indications.

See document here.

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Retirement Joy

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In March 2017, our esteemed colleague, Lynn Farrimond retired after working for Tania Brown for 12 years. We at Tania Brown Ltd surprised Lynn with a gift of a night in a hotel in the Lake District for her and her husband.

Lynn has now stayed at the hotel and has sent us this lovely message and photos:-

“Just to let you know that I had a lovely time this weekend in the Lakes. The hotel was great and they made my stay special too. All the meals including afternoon tea were fantastic. We had a boat trip on Windermere and on the Gondola on Coniston. Please convey my thanks to everyone again who contributed to my retirement gift. It was a lovely idea and one I’ll never forget. John enjoyed it too. “

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Operations Manager Vacancy

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Tania Brown Ltd are looking to recruit an experienced Operations Manager.  Tania Brown Ltd provide Case Management, Immediate Needs Assessments and Expert Witness services nationally, for both adults and children with a wide range of complex physical, emotional and social issues. We have a highly experienced team of case managers situated nationally who work with our clients to implement, monitor and review a range of care and therapeutic services all focused on the client achieving the best level of independence possible.

This is a full time role and you will be responsible for the day to day operation of the business.

You will be responsible for the following functions of the business;

  • Human Resources
  • Administration
  • IT Systems
  • Health & Safety compliance
  • Finance
  • Staff Management
  • Staff Training
  • Recruitment

Essential Qualities

You must be able to work at an Executive level, and must possess the following essential qualities;

  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation and communication skills
  • Over three years’ experience in management for a similar environment
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing staff groups and major projects or initiatives.
  • Outstanding organizational, planning and co-ordination skills.
  • Demonstrate experience of achieving company objectives.
  • Understand the importance of K.P.I’s and ensuring targets are met.
  • Ability to motivate and enthuse staff, colleagues, and external supporters.
  • Show high attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan and balance competing priorities.
  • Proactive problem solving.
  • Ability to be assertive and tenacious when required.
  • Must be highly flexible and easily adaptable, open to new ideas
  • Ability to show accountability and responsibility
  • Strong confidentiality skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to show sensitivity and diplomacy when required.

Job Description

 Assist the General Manager in the overall day to day running of the business.

  • Take responsibility for the running of the day to day business in the absence of the General Manager.
  • Manage the administration, accounting and payroll team members.
  • Assist General Manger to ensure that company targets and objectives are met.
  • Participate in the monitoring of monthly K.P.I’s.
  • To promote the executive management team to ensure the public image of TBL delivers the correct messages through the public relations aspect of the business.
  • To attend executive management meetings and contribute to the future strategy of the business to promote business growth.
  • Manage all HR function of the business and be responsible for the implementation of all Human Resource policies and procedures including recruitment, employee relations, leave allocation, performance management and identification of training requirements.
  • Manage the disciplinary and grievance procedure, including competency and frameworks and any other process that may require input to benefit the management of staff.
  • Manage the annual staff appraisal process.
  • Manage the IT function of the business.
  • Manage Health and Safety for the business ensuring that all policy and procedures are maintained and adhered to. Maintenance of all legislation and fire and first aid certification.
  • Responsible for negotiation of business contracts for equipment and services.
  • Preparation of presentations or cost analysis reports for management meetings.
  • To handle confidential/legal and sensitive client information within the boundaries of Tania Brown Ltd confidentiality policy and the data protection act and to ensure compliance of these policies within service delivery and supervision of employees.
  • Manage the development, supervision and operation of Tania Brown Ltd to ensure that working practices are current, valid and maintained to a high professional standard.
  • Ensure compliance of report guidelines and timeframes.
  • Manage compliance of the TBL equality policy and to ensure its operation within the context of the post, to include service delivery and employee issues.
  • Strive to maintain the quality within the business, contributing to the effectiveness of the team.
  • To oversee all client documentation is delivered in a cost effective and efficient way.
  • Management of new enquiry process to ensure appropriate allocation of Case Manager to suit client requirements, in a professional and efficient manner.
  • To contribute to the business development of Tania Brown Ltd, identify opportunities, attend networking events and join relevant membership bodies.

Salary: Competitive

Please send your CV to janemellish@taniabrown.com

 

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Depression following Traumatic Brain Injury: Impact on post-hospital residential rehabilitation outcomes

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Depression following traumatic brain injury: Impact on post-hospital residential rehabilitation outcomes.

The following research has been carried out and a need exists to better understand the impact of depression on functional outcomes following TBI.

A similar effect might be anticipated in community rehabilitation packages and we at Tania Brown Limited monitor levels of depression using the HADS to ensure our clients get the best outcomes from their rehab?

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the prevalence and severity of depression among a large group of chronic TBI adults; to determine the impact of depression on outcomes of post-hospital residential rehabilitation programs; and to assess effectiveness of post-hospital residential rehabilitation programs in treating depression.

METHODS:

820 adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were assigned to one of four groups based on MPAI- 4 depression ratings: (1) Not Depressed, (2) Mildly Depressed, (3) Moderately Depressed, and (4) Severely Depressed. Functional status was assessed at admission and discharge with the MPAI-4 Participation Index. Differences among groups were evaluated using conventional parametric tests. Rasch analysis established reliability and validity of MPAI-4 data.

RESULTS:

Rasch analysis demonstrated satisfactory construct validity and internal consistency (Person reliability = 0.89-0.92, Item reliability = 0.99). Of the 820 subjects, 39% presented with moderate to severe depressive symptoms at admission, These subjects demonstrated significantly higher MPAI-4 Participation scores than the mild and not depressed groups. Depressed groups realized significant improvement in symptoms, but, those remaining depressed at discharge had significantly greater disability than those who improved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Depressive symptoms had a deleterious impact on outcome. Remediation of symptoms during rehabilitation significantly improved outcomes.

 

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Anna Watkiss – Guest Speaker, Digby Brown Head Injury Information Day, Edinburgh

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The Head Injury Information Day run by Digby Brown took place during Head Injury Awareness Week. Anna Watkiss was asked to present on the broad subject of relationships after brain injury. Her talk aimed to challenge health professionals working with individuals with acquired brain injury to consider the goal that many clients want to work on; that of forming a new relationship or being supported to maintain an existing relationship. Anna presented a whistle stop tour of how clients and health professionals supporting them, might work to maintain relationships, establish new relationships, support a client’s right to a sexual relationship and the use of dating apps/websites within the confines of capacity and supporting clients safely.

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Introducing Jackie Chappel – New Manager of Clinical Services

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Jackie has recently joined Tania Brown Ltd as their Manager of Clinical Services. Jackie comes to Tania Brown with a wealth of clinical knowledge. She is a Senior Occupational Therapist with extensive experience as a Case Manager, having worked as a mentor for the past 5 years.

Jackie is highly skilled in managing clients who have sustained birth injury, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and complex orthopaedic injuries. She developed a special interest in managing cases where clients displayed challenging behaviours and managing clients with complex family dynamics.

We are extremely thrilled to have Jackie as a part of our team.

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Headway Wigan and Leigh – It’s BBQ time !!!!

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BBQ Invite Final 2016

Dear All

Please be advised that Headway Wigan and Leigh will be holding their annual BBQ on Thursday 28th July.  from 1.00pm – 3.00pm. It will be held at Sunshine House, Wellington Road, Scholes, Wigan WN1 3SA; weather permitting we will be sitting outside in the garden area.

We will be serving burgers, sausages, vege burgers, chips and lot of other delicious goodies.

This is a free event. Please feel free to invite anyone that you think would benefit from our meetings.

Please RSVP to 0758 083 2106 or headwaywiganandleigh@gmail.com should you wish to attend.

 

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