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Kathryn Howard

BA(Hons), DipliST > Director of Case Management Services

kathryn howardKathryn joined the BIS team in August 2010, since when she has made a significant impact and contribution to clients, families, deputies and solicitors with whom she has worked. In addition to her case management caseload, Kathryn acts as Deputy to the Managing Director, Don Young.

Kathryn joined the BIS team in August 2010, since when she has made a significant impact and contribution to clients, families, deputies and solicitors with whom she has worked. In addition to her case management caseload, Kathryn acts as Deputy to the Managing Director, Don Young.

Kathryn had gained extensive experience in the field of Brain Injury before she joined BIS having worked for the previous nine years, initially for Priory Health Care in Sussex in an Acquired Brain Injury residential unit for adults from 2001-2004. In October 2004, she began working for the Regard Partnership in Surrey. She was involved in opening the Acquired Brain Injury Service for the company. Through her experience Kathryn is now adept at leading an interdisciplinary team of professional and support staff. Kathryn is proficient at risk assessment; support planning and completing client support needs assessments.

In her spare time, Kathryn is a member of United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum, Surrey Acquired Brain Injury Network and The Silver Lining Charity which is where her passion lies. She has worked with the charity helping UK brain injured clients on a voluntary basis since 2007. Kathryn holds a Diploma in Sports Therapy (Distinction). She has recently gained her Degree in Social Science at Brighton University and is an Associate Member of Case Management Society UK. Kathryn was in last stage of auditions for the pop group S Club 7.

Tricia Corbett

MSc, BA (Hons), DipCOT > Associate Case Manager

tricia corbettTricia is a Neurological Occupational Therapist and holds a MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation. Since graduating in 1987, Tricia has undertaken extensive continued professional development. Tricia is trained in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) and Functional Capacity Measure (FCE) Interactive Metronome provider.

Tricia's experience includes 13 yrs in a community neuro-rehab team providing multi modal interventions including physical, sensory and cognitive strategies aimed at regaining independence and integration into the community.

Three years as an OT in Social Services working in the major adaptations section and 12 years as an OT in private practice. During this time she has worked in the public and the private sector for personal injury lawyers, brain injury and spinal injury case managers, as well as performing functional capacity assessments for insurance companies.

Tricia has an in-depth knowledge of working practices of other disciplines and is able to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams as required. She has expertise in rehabilitation report writing including risk assessment, vocational rehabilitation and adaptation recommendations.

Tricia's key skills include standardised functional assessment, Functional Capacity Evaluation Assessment of Motor and Process Skills, Cognitive assessment tools, preparation for, and management of, return to work, researching and recommending specialist equipment and adaptations, redefining life occupations after brain injury and spinal injury, application of cognitive and physical strategies to daily life tasks, individualised training for support worker teams, physical retraining including functional mobility and specific sensory and motor upper limb training, anxiety and fatigue management programmes and also risk assessment of home and community activities.

Tricia is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and she is a co-ordinator with the Silver Lining Surrey ABI charity.

Laura Mora

BSc(Hons), MSc, Psych > Case Manager

laura moraLaura has had a keen interest in brain injury rehabilitation and mental health since 2002. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate qualification in Neuropsychology, is an affiliate member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (USA) and an Associate Member of Case Management Society UK. As an Assistant Psychologist Laura has assessed children and young people developmentally and psychologically establishing related individual teaching plans for the school to follow.

Since joining Brain Injury Services Laura's client focus has been directed at maximising her specialised knowledge of working with children and young people. Her clinical expertise allows her to provide an exclusive and comprehensive insight into the cognitive, behavioural and mental health challenges that young people with brain injuries present, this enables her to undertake thorough assessments, preparing comprehensive reports based upon clinical evidence and objective observations.

Laura is effective in managing individual rehabilitation regimes and supervising and coordinating teams within a multidisciplinary and goal orientated way. She promotes communication within teams and focuses on efficiency and cost effectiveness, bringing valuable and measurable outcomes to case management planning and implementation. Laura believes quality of service and management is imperative, whilst fostering positive relationships with her client and family.

During her career, Laura has held a variety of positions of responsibility and trust. This has included working with 'Ambitious About Autism Trust, Treehouse School' in London, providing intensive individual behavioural therapy to the children and assuming key worker responsibilities. Such responsibility included liaising with multidisciplinary therapy teams, writing individual rehabilitation plans, risk assessments, participating in regular meetings and writing review reports. She was the lead therapist for a number of teams, training individuals and being responsible for their clinical supervisions and development.

Laura has also gained experience with adults as an Autism Practitioner. This involved her working with the Scottish Society for Autism as a facilitator and advocate for the person with Autism, liaising with families, carers, stakeholders and professionals involved in the care and support of the individual in line with the participation policy. She led in the assessment of individuals to enable them to meet their full potential and was responsible for the design, implementation and review of the care plans, records and reports in line with both internal and external quality standards.

Amanda Cooper

Cert HSc (OT& BI St) > Assistant Case Manager

amanda cooperAmanda started working for Brain Injury Services Ltd in August 2012. Before joining the BIS team, Amanda had been working within the Brain Injury field for nine years starting her career at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation Residential Brain Injury Centre in Banstead. She spent four years working in the Occupational Therapy Department progressing from an Assistant to a Senior Technical Instructor, whilst completing 18 months of her Occupational Therapy Degree training.

Amanda then moved into a community, 'hands on' role, part time where she worked for five years, assisting clients to achieve their targets and goals whilst living and working in their own local community. During the other half of the week, Amanda spent two years working for her local Social Services department assessing, implementing and managing care programmes for the disabled. She then spent a further two years working for Headway as a Rehabilitation Co-ordinator designing rehabilitation programmes around everyday activity, training staff and running them out for clients who demonstrated motivation towards the identified course aims.

Whilst supporting clients in the community, Amanda became involved with the Silverlining Charity. She has helped with fund raising by jumping out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet attached to a parachute and has assisted with a group of clients to travel to Namibia, live in the desert for a week and, in turn, teach and help with the development of a poverty stricken school.

Amanda has maintained her training and development needs throughout specifically developing her knowledge in Acquired Brain Injury and completing a Level 4 qualification encompassing Cognitive Rehabilitation, Challenging Behaviour and Sex and Sexuality following Brain Injury.

Sarah Davies

DipCouns MBACP > Case Manager

sarah daviesSarah joined the BIS Team in February 2010, initially as an Assistant Case Manager. Her expertise and success in working with clients led to her promotion to Case Manager in October 2011. Culminating in 2012, Sarah was key in supporting a very complex brain injured 22 year old young man achieve a significant financial settlement to his injuries. This was against a long history since the original incident as a young child, conflict in clinical opinion and brain injury intertwined with cannabis addiction.

Sarah's strong focused work with the client, clear and factual evidential records, accessing appropriate treatment and rehabilitation resources, along with close working with the family, litigation team and financial Deputy led to this success. Such qualities underpin Sarah's commitment to her role.

Before joining BIS Sarah had worked in a variety of pastoral, teaching and assessment roles for over 15 years in colleges, adult education and vocational settings. Her roles involved her working with disenfranchised young people and adults with complex emotional and physical needs including brain injury and in assisting them to access employment and training opportunities.

Sarah's experience also extends to residential supported housing with specialist knowledge of domestic abuse and parent/family constellations and support provision. Past training has seen Sarah undertake a wide variety of courses including risk and needs assessment; support planning, child protection, conflict management and substance misuse.

Sarah's skills are particularly effective in managing cases with complex family dynamics and is a qualified Counsellor specialising in assisting clients with acquired brain injury.

Stuart Sargent

BSc(Hons), MA, MBPsS > Assistant Case Manager

stuart sargentStuart began working in the health and social care field in 2011, after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Kingston University. His first position was as a carer in a residential care home in Bexhill, managed by Angel Healthcare. This position allowed Stuart to work with a variety of clients including those with acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, and dementia, helping him to develop an understanding of the difficulties associated with different health conditions. This position also provided him with excellent organisational knowledge of the care home, the standards and expectations placed by CQC, and relevant legislation in place to support and protect vulnerable adults.

Stuart was a key worker for several of the clients and also had input with the care plans associated with these individuals. Whilst working in this position Stuart also completed a masters degree with the Open University, entitled Childhood and Youth. This qualification strengthened his knowledge of psychology and sociology, developed Stuart's ability to critically reflect on his experiences and learning, enlightened him about multi-disciplinary working, and also strengthened his knowledge of health and social care legislation.

In 2013 Stuart began working with East Sussex County Council as a community re-enablement support worker. Working one-on-one with clients in their own homes, this position allowed Stuart to develop his re-enablement abilities whilst working with a wealth of clients with differing needs, including those with neurological and physical disorders. This position included extensive training, including certificates in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, infection control, duty of care, deprivation of liberty, medication administration, first aid, risk assessments and positively managing risk, personal safety at work, et al. This position also developed Stuart's multi-disciplinary team working skills through working with medical professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and district nurses.

Previous to his undergraduate degree, Stuart gained experience with Marks & Spencer, where he was quickly promoted to Coach, a role which required team management and staff training. Stuart also gained experience with Shadowgraph Services, an engineering company which trained him as an administrator. This role involved work in all areas of the business, including sourcing clients, general accounting, and managing a team of mobile engineers. Stuart also gained experience as a silver service waiter and also worked for Kingston University Student Union during his undergraduate studies.

In his spare time Stuart enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, reading, and gardening. Stuart is a member of CMSUK and BABICUM. Stuart owns over 150 houseplants!

Julie Fox

Senior Assistant Case Manager

julie foxJulie has had a keen interest in mental health rehabilitation since 2002, which led her into the field of Brain Injury in 2006, initially supporting a client with cerebral palsy in her own home before being promoted to Team Leader. Following successful team leadership, Julie was promoted to her present role as Assistant Case Manager in 2008. Julie has worked with clients across all age groups, directing and assisting support workers in establishing individual support plans and rehabilitation strategies through liaison with families and treating therapist teams.

Since joining Brain Injury Services Julie's experience gained through her direct hands on experience with clients, managing the support worker team and all the day to day organisation and administration associated with home based rehabilitation regimes has been directed towards training support workers in the provision and maintenance of client documentation, critical to the delivery of a quality service and for evidential disclosure in personal injury claims.

Through her exclusive and comprehensive insight into the cognitive, behavioural and mental health challenges people with brain injury present, Julie is effective in managing individual rehabilitation regimes and supervising and coordinating teams within a multidisciplinary and goal orientated way. She promotes communication within teams and focuses on bringing valuable and measurable outcomes in supporting case management planning and implementation. Julie believes quality of service and management is imperative, whilst fostering positive relationships with her client and family.

Julie gained The Royal Academy of Dancing Certificate awarded Honours in ballet, tap, modern and national dance. She also gained second place in England in the L'Oreal Hair Colouring Student of the year competition and was on TV.

Jordanna Newbury

Assistant Case Manager

Jordanna NewburyJordanna has recently made the move into case management and joined the Brain Injury Services team in early 2016. Having completed a period of training and induction she is now working directly with clients and their families supervised by clinical case managers. Previous to her new appointment, Jordanna has been working within neuro rehabilitation packages and with people with complex needs for the past 4 years. She has worked as a team leader at Interserve Healthcare with a variety of clients from young children to adults who all have different needs and disabilities. This was normally within the client's home and/or hospital setting. Jordanna has worked with complex cases and has a good level of experience in how excellent clinical care should be provided.

Jordanna has been certified in manual handling, safe guarding of vulnerable adults, gastrostomy / tracheostomy care and medication trained. Jordanna has had to work closely alongside multidisciplinary teams to set rehabilitation programmes in place for brain injured clients, or clients with complex needs and has coordinated activity for her clients also. Due to her close working relationship with occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists, she has an understanding of how a multi-disciplinary team is run and how to maximise the co-ordination of these clinical team.

Jordanna has good working knowledge of equipment specifically required to meet the client's needs. Such as wheelchair seating and posture, manual and ceiling hoists, standing aids, assistive technology, splinting and so forth.

Jordanna is experienced with dealing with different approaches and challenging situations, this has given her a great insight to how different therapies can improve a client's situation, and how a person centred approach is extremely important as every client is individual. She also appreciates the value that working well with families and having close contact with clients outside circles can aid rehabilitation and case management.

Prior to joining Brain Injury Services, Jordanna gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Psychology and Criminology from Brighton University. This has given her a theoretical understanding of many different disciplines within this field such as clinical psychology, developmental psychology and community psychology and how this can be applied to people out in the community.

During Jordanna' s personal time she is also volunteered as a Special Constable for Sussex Police in 2013 for two years, of which she gained a certificate in the knowledge of policing and person's safety trained. Jordanna enjoys her family time and also keeping 'fit' often running for charities. She also goes skiing once a year.

Chris Dindar

RGN > Case Manager

Jordanna NewburyChristopher qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 upon which he was nursing in triage in a busy A&E department. Chris gained valuable, extensive, experience with patients with acute catastrophic injuries. Since then he has carried out numerous nursing roles all over the South East and also a year in Saudi Arabia for the armed forces. This position allowed Chris to be extremely adaptable, flexible and facing various challenges which his role was demanding of. Chris has also maintained his nursing skills and has been able to transfer these skills in all his roles.

In 2001 Chris began work with Paramedic Services in an Occupational Health role liaising with a wider range of businesses. He then went back to nursing within this company to carry out health screenings. In 2008 he went on to become a Medical Case Manager undertaking Immediate Needs Assessments and facilitating appropriate and timely intervention to promote the rehabilitation of persons catastrophically injured in accidents with a view to them returning to work or improving their quality of life. This position also developed Chris' multi-disciplinary team working skills through working with medical professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and district nurses.

When this position ended, Chris went into forensic nursing but also kept with his skills as a case manager. He maintained the health, safety and welfare of a detained person in police custody, conducting clinical assessments and maintaining accurate records. He remained at the same company but went into a management role for a new healthcare contract. He had to maintain a high standard of clinical governance. This has given Chris good knowledge of how to follow the CQC regulations which BIS are registered to.

Chris returned to case management and providing clinical advice for underwriting teams for private medical insurance claims. He missed being out and about visiting clients therefore wished to remain in his role as a Nurse whilst combining his health management knowledge therefore returned to case management.

During these positions, Chris has been helping out as an ad hoc Nurse for events in the summer months and also as a Bank Nurse for an Air Ambulance company.


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