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Welcome Helen Spellman

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Helen Spelllman

We are very pleased to introduce Helen Spellman, she is a new Case Manager in the Leeds,York. North Yorkshire area.

Helen is a Registered Nurse with 26 years of experience. She worked as a Staff Nurse for the NHS York Trust Learning Disability Services;   where she developed her skills of working with individuals with complex cognitive impairment and physical disability.

She has held varied positions during her career. She worked for Leonard Cheshire Disability in the brain injury rehabilitation unit, firstly as a Service Manager, and then she was promoted to the Group Manager of the Acquired Brain Injury Division.

Helen has also recently worked for Titleworth Neuro Ltd as Head of Neuro Services.

Take a look at Helen’s CV on our team page.

 

 

 

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Welcome Val Sparkes

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Val Sparkes

We are very pleased to introduce Val Sparkes; a new Case Manager in the North West area.

Val is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has been since 2004. She began her career with the National Health Service where she held a rotational post for three years.  Her posts included Orthopaedics and Surgery, Neurological Rehabilitation, Medical Specialities, Community Hospital and Paediatrics.  Val completed her final rotational post as Case Manager for the Conditions Management Programme.  During her rotational posts, Val benefited from working with a varied caseload including Acquired Brain Injury, Muscular Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Amputation.

Working in both Paediatrics and Neurological Rehabilitation has encouraged Val to develop her knowledge of specific conditions, particularly with regard to longer-term conditions.  Working in these areas has enabled Val to develop effective working alliances with clients, their families and carers.

Val’s experience of working within the field of Mental Health has been valuable, particularly within Neurological Rehabilitation.  Complex cases have required skilled and specialised occupational therapy interventions encompassing both physical and cognitive assessments and interventions.  This has not only involved managing the biopsychosocial impact of the condition with the client, but has managed the considerable effect that illness and function has upon families and carers.

Take a look at Val’s CV on our team page

 

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Headway Wigan and Leigh – On the move

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Headway Wigan and Leigh are moving their monthly drop in sessions to Sunshine House (Scholes). The centre is open to all the community and is a great place with a very friendly and inclusive feel. We believe that our members will benefit from the move; as it will give us access to weekly activities and offers a safe place to meet.

We had our re-launch day on the 29th January, which was a huge success!!

The event was opened by Dr Mullins who is the lead Neuropsychologist for the Taylor Unit in Leigh. Dr Michael Brown also performed a Memory workshop.

The Leigh Centurions came to see and show their support, they had photos taken with our members.

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Welcome to Debbie Ashley

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We are very pleased to introduce Debbie Ashley a new Case Manager in our North West office.

Debbie joins from Social Services, where in her role as lead Social Worker, she was responsible for conducting statutory assessments, reviews, designing and implementing care plans, hospital discharges and conducting Safeguarding investigations. Debbie was also responsible for assessing capacity, conducting best interest meetings, whilst working in conjunction with legal departments.

Debbie has worked with clients with physical and sensory disabilities with conditions present from birth to those acquired. She also has vast experience of working with people with brain injuries, spinal injuries, older people and adults with learning disabilities.

Take a look at Debbie’s CV on our team page

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GLASGOW BOLLYWOOD DRINKS EVENING

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The Management Team at TBL attended the Glasgow Bollywood drinks evening held by Irwin Mitchell, they entered the spirit of the evening by wearing full traditional evening dress and partaking in some fantastic dance lessons!

The evening raised funds for Maggies Cancer Care.

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