Better Together - Headway East London at the Royal London Hospital

[Oct 2021] We're thrilled to be launching Better Together, a new project that will provide free support to brain injury patients at the Royal London Hospital. Our expert team will be on hand to deliver specialist advice and information to survivors and their loved ones in the early stages of care and rehabilitation following brain injury.

Casework

Our Casework team will lead the Better Together project, working with clinical teams at the Royal London to answer questions and offer reassurance about the practical and personal issues of navigating life with a brain injury. Key to the delivery and success of this work is our Peer Support Worker, Dean Harding; who brings lived experience and personal insight to those in need and will be present on the ward to make bedside visits upon request.

Dean reflects: “When I was in the critical early stages of my recovery there was no one to tell me or my loved ones how the injury would affect my life. I am in a unique position to be able to share my experiences and advice, and I’m looking forward to getting into The Royal London Hospital and connecting with people when they need it most”.

Having a brain injury affects the whole family, and, sadly, patients are often discharged with more questions than answers. Treating the medical aspects of a brain injury is just the beginning, and our team will be there to help individuals negotiate the health & social care system, explore benefits entitlements and signpost to other specialist services so they can feel confident and better equipped on this new journey.

The Better Together project has been kindly sponsored by solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp (BBK) and we welcome Ipek Tugcu, Senior Associate at BBK, to the team.

“I represent brain injury survivors and work closely with Headway East London, as a mentor to Dean. Having a brain injury affects the whole family, and patients can often be discharged with more questions than answers. Our project will provide face-to-face advice and information about the practical issues of surviving a brain injury, offering patients and their loved ones reassurance and information about support services that exist once they’re home”.

The project commenced earlier this month, and we are celebrating an official launch on Wednesday 27th October at the Royal London Hospital. The event will invite clinicians and wider medical staff to learn more about the project and how they can refer, in addition to meeting the delivery team. You can find a copy of our accompanying project flyer here.

If you would like more information about this service, or would like to speak about support for you or a loved one after brain injury please contact casework@headwayeastlondon.org.