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1 Re-assessing career pathways after Brain Injury The Cedar Foundation Brain Injury Services

2 Vocational Rehabilitation Service Targets people with complex disabilities as a result of brain injury. Flexible, specialist support. Participants are those who are furthest away from the labour market. A range of training and support interventions delivered in partnership with rehabilitation services that promote social inclusion & employability skills. This Programme is part financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning.

3 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employability Service This Programme is part financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning.

4 Trainee Pathway Referral Induction Vocational Profiling Support from Families & Key Professionals Action Planning Programme Delivery Monitoring & Review Progression Liaison with: Employers Training Providers Community Resources Follow Up

5 Employability Skills Support to develop skills required to sustain and engage fully in the community: Employability Skills Preparation for Work Vocational Rehab (Brain Injury Service) Working with Others InTech Foundation Skills (literacy, numeracy, IT) Career guidance Job preparation Interview skills Travel training Problem solving Memory strategies Stress Management Dealing with difficult situations

6 Vocational Skills Support to identify & access community based training and vocational opportunities: Training: Vocational: Support Vocational Training Education courses Hobby & Interest courses / groups Job Tasters Work Placements Return to previous work Paid work Voluntary work Career planning Job support Co-studenting Disability/Brain Injury Awareness Training Travel training Social networking

7 Outcomes Improved health & social well being A personal development/career plan Enhanced and accredited vocational skills Vocational Qualifications Accredited ICT skills Relevant work experience Improved job search & interview techniques A work role A package of support facilitating social & economic inclusion Planned travel solutions

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10 Case study Sustained Traumatic Head Injury aged 20 as a result of assault Traumatic injury caused a bleed in the left parietal area of the brain Right sided Hemianopia loss of vision in either the right or left sides of both eyes Aphasia Language disorder usually affecting both the understanding and production of spoken and written language

11 Medical intervention 6 weeks as in patient in Neurosurgical Unit At Royal Victoria Hospital (Coma for 2 weeks) 10 weeks spent as in patient in Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit Transferred to local Acquired Brain Injury Team for follow up Medical intervention / Community Rehabilitation: Occupational Therapy Physiotherapy Speech therapy Psychology

12 Vocational Profiling Referred to Cedar 24 th June 2010 by the Community Brain Injury Team for Vocational Rehabilitation Explored any Concerns / Expectations Completed Rickter Scale Assessment & Action Planning Tool Look at interests informs planning process & helps assess level of ability

13 Action Planning Action Plan agreed with client / Community Brain Injury Team: Improve my Literacy and reading skills To be able to use home computer more effectively To build up self esteem and confidence To try out work opportunities to help decide on a career Support to manage memory problems

14 Programme Activity Regular 1 1 sessions with Cedar project staff Revision from speech therapy sessions & Essential skills classes Reinforcing use of external memory strategies e.g. mobile phone/diary for managing appointments Continued interaction with client in order to improve communication skills Encourage Social Interaction through contact with other Service Users

15 Photo of group at 70 th birthday

16 Pre-Vocational Skills Assessment carried out to ascertain Essential Skills level Literacy, Numeracy & ICT Client wished to engage in these courses in order to improve skills base and improve career prospects Supported to enrol at Local College & access Learning Support Service Support services advised how best to support client given the difficulties experienced post injury

17 Progress Client has progressed through various levels of Literacy, Numeracy & ICT is expected to gain basic level of qualification required by employers Client has won an Award which celebrates success & achievements of students who have excelled in essential skills training Has engaged steadily in 1:1 work to improve interpersonal skills Now ready to assess career options

18 Career Planning Had trained as a Plasterer no longer an option What other options are available now? Look at skills & interests pre/post injury what are the viable options: Tiling, similar to plastering but less risk involved Working in a Veterinary practice/surgery/hospital Working in a Grooming Parlour Working with Guide Dogs Association Working as a mentor for visually impaired people

19 Next Steps Further progress and completion of Essential skills Career planning Sourcing jobs/application process Preparation for Interviews Settling into paid employment

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22 Thank You This Programme is part financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning.

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