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Brain Injury Group Training Day: Clinical Negligence – Cerebral Palsy

The Brain Injury Group and Enable Law hosted a brilliant training day. The schedule was jam-packed, the speakers gave great insight into their specialist fields and the delegates I spoke to on the day and since, all said they came away with a wealth of knowledge and found the training day beneficial.
 
Therapy Lead Children Services for Chelsea and Westminster NHS Hospital, Elizabeth Gray, gave a talk that still stands out in my mind and I was happy to be able to share this information with the Snap team!  It was fascinating hearing about her work in Scotland, collaborating with specialists in Sweden and learning about the CP Pathway, (Hip dislocations and operations). Hearing the statistics, the process and results really was amazing.
 
Anita Reals from ILS, gave a great talk about the role of a case manager which is extremely varied. Anita discussed the struggles case managers face both with clients and other professionals involved in their clients care, managing relationships and expectations. This talk was very useful for me but I also think for the solicitors and deputies in the room; I think all the case managers attending that day would agree it was great to have one of their own up there openly talking about the challenges.
 
Last but not least, I must mention Bill Braithwaite QC, Exchange Chambers. The last talk of the day is always a difficult slot to fill and considering how much information we had digested at this point I was worried the legal terminology would go way over my head. I needn’t have worried, he was absolutely brilliant. He spoke about claims he had worked on, claims that should have been won, why they didn’t win - and he didn’t hold back!

He discussed a survey that Deputies and Case Managers completed late last year. Considering the room was full of both professions and knowing he does not mince his words, I thought we could have a few disagreements, but everyone took it in good spirit. I came away feeling like I would really like Bill fighting my corner, his passion for his work is remarkable.
 Jade Coffey
All in all a great day in a great venue - and the cakes were delicious! 


Jade Coffey, Specialist Recruiter at Snap

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The OT Practice

Welcomes Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened The OT Practice new offices in Hampshire, her visit also aimed to highlight the work, passion and entrepreneurialism of Occupational Therapists in the independent sector.Princess Anne visits the OT Practice centre
 
The Princess Royal also met a range of commissioners who access OT services via The OT Practice including representatives from leading military charities such as The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Royal British Legion and the case management community, hearing about their personal experiences, the ever-changing landscape of their respective sectors, and the positive impact that working in partnership with The OT Practice has made to the lives of their clients and beneficiaries.
 
To truly bring to life the value of occupational therapy, HRH, The Princess Royal additionally met with past and present clients of The OT Practice together with their respective therapists, as well as Alex Lewis, the organisation's Brand Ambassador. HRH heard about their individual stories and the impact that working with The OT Practice has made to their everyday lives.

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Children's joy at seeing dolls who look like them

A former social worker noticed that some children could not buy dolls that look like them. So she fixed that...

Smiling child with a doll that looks like her
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BackUp Front Row 

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I was thrilled to be invited to join the Access Legal's (Shoosmiths) table at Back Up's annual event. Held in the stunning Hurlingham Club, the evening included a delicious meal, a catwalk showcasing some beautiful designs, guest speakers and an auction. 

It was great to get to know the lovely people at Access Legal as well as many other professionals and to hear first hand what a fantastic job BackUp charity do. We heard from a father who described how important BackUp's support was, not only to his teenage son who sustained a spinal injury, but to the whole family. 

Sally BrittonThe evening raised an incredible £73,000. Take a look at the video below to see some of the action. An amazing evening which I was delighted to be part of. 

Sally Britton, MD Snap Care

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BackUp Front Row Charity evening

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Do you need capacity to use the internet and social media?

There has certainly been a rise and development of the internet and social media over recent years. This has changed the way in which we communicate with each other. Electronic devices such mobile phones are now used across the world for communication, entertainment, education, relaxation and for gathering information. There are an ever growing number of social media apps.

Arguably the internet and social media are even more important to people who have a disability and or difficulties with social communication. However, the internet can be a dark place with illegal material readily accessible. Internet abuse is common place and can take many forms including bullying, sexual grooming and personal identity theft...

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TV Alert!My Autistic Big Brother

My Autistic Big Brother and Me

Documentary telling the story of Mikey Kay’s autistic 47-year-old brother Spencer, who finds his peace in epic walks across the majestic, rugged Welsh terrain. For Spencer, everyday tasks can be a huge challenge, and he is unable to wash, dress or feed himself. But the moment he steps into the mountains, he becomes unstoppable. The family know the only medicine their brother actually needs is his freedom to walk in the epic landscapes of north Wales.

The film, shot over three years at their childhood home on Anglesey and in the surrounding sweeping landscapes of wild beaches and dramatic mountains, follows the family's struggle to keep that fundamental freedom so crucial to his mental well-being, and provides a rare insight into life with a close relative with autism. The documentary also follows the Kays’ years of battling to ensure Spencer could live as independently as possible in the community he calls home.

>> Available until 25 April on iPlayer

 
 
Security expert Mikey Kay talks about his documentary on his brother Spencer called ‘My Autistic Big Brother and Me'. Spencer has severe autism with a cognitive age of three and the film shows the strength of the brother and highlights the care he has.

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