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1 BRAIN INJURY GROUP 2015 IN-HOUSE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR MEMBERS Programme of free in-house 1 hour CPD training modules for Brain Injury Group Members available over a range of topics.

2 Welcome to our 2015 in-house training programme for Brain Injury Group members Training is usually undertaken to the fee earner team in the form of powerpoint presentation or more informally if required. Training is delivered by an expert in the subject field from ourselves or our associated members. Supporting literature and the required CPD information is supplied. All our training sessions last for one hour and provide 1 CPD point (accredited by the SRA). There is no limit as to the number of modules a member firm can book. For further information, or to arrange training, please contact Julie Hume on or We do not charge for our training for member firms, although if firms wish to make a voluntary donation to charity, please donate to our charity of the year, Brain Injury is BIG (registered charity number ) Our CPD training programme is supported by

3 NEURO-IMAGING IN 2015 What you need to know and new biomarkers in development for understanding TBI severity and prognostic indicators The ability for imaging techniques to define the extent and type of brain injury continues to improve. However, understanding which imaging to use when and how is becoming more complex and as we move to a position where we can measure evidence of brain injury with use of imaging bio markets, it is important to differentiate between information which has been peer reviewed and appropriate to reference in Court and imaging data which is still under evaluation. The presentation reviews how diagnostic imaging can, in 2015, assist in the understanding of the extent, location and type of brain injury and provide valuable information for rehabilitation. In association with Re:Cognitition Health, THE ROLE OF THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST More than a therapist the role of the neuropsychologist in the medical legal context This talk aims to explain the various different hats the neuropsychologist wears in the medicolegal process. From the expert witness with their assessment tools used to measure clients strengths, weaknesses and future, to the more practical role of leading rehabilitation teams in goal direct programmes, through to face to face client and family work, medical liaison and support worker training. This talk will provide practical and useful insights into what can and cannot be expected as well as some first hand experience of the test s that our clients are often expected to perform repeatedly for different people year on year. In association with Re:Cognitition Health, CASE MANAGEMENT INPUT THE COSTS INVOLVED This session provides information on how your case manager works out costings and arrives at the figures included in their estimate of costs for case management input. The session will provide solicitors with a increased understanding of what is included in the case management immediate needs assessment and how costs are estimated, the different factors that can impact on the ongoing cost of case management as well as looking at relevant case studies. In association with ILS,

4 PREPARING FAMILIES FOR CARE What solicitors need to know The provision of paid care support is often recommended for many clients and the recruitment and management of carers is one of the key responsibilities of a case manager. Preparing families to have paid care support in their home is important in ensuring the success of a care package. Families are often very much in need of additional support but are unaware of the additional challenges having carers in their home can bring. This session will provide solicitors with an increased understanding of some of the key challenges families experience, how the choice of agency vs directly recruited care can impact on the success or failure of care in different situations and the cost implications of different recruitment options and family situations. In association with ILS. LITIGATION PR This introductory session will outline how litigation PR works, why the media reports certain cases and the importance of having a co-ordinated PR strategy that dovetails the legal strategy. The session will consider the media element of a dispute on behalf of your clients, the support you should provide to clients, potential client concerns and how to engage with the media in dispute situations. Participants will come away with a greater appreciate of media relations in litigation and with the ability to advise clients on their options for engaging with the media. In association with Byfield Consultancy. COSTS MANAGEMENT This session will bring fee earners completely up to speed with all aspects of the new costs management regime, including the Jackson Reforms, budgeting and estimates, Precedent H, proportionality, recovering costs, what the court is looking for and the new rules on disclosure. The latest developments in law and practice will be discussed, clear and practical guidance provided on the legislative framework and full use will be made of topical case illustrations. In association with PI Costings.

5 WELFARE BENEFITS GUIDE TO ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA This session is aimed at providing personal injury solicitors and professional deputies with an overview of the types of benefit and support available for claimants and their families. It will cover benefits availability and eligibility to claim, means testing thresholds, illness and disability benefits, protecting and maximizing entitlement and legislative changes. PERIODICAL PAYMENTS CLAIMANT PERSPECTIVE The aim of this session is to provide guidance to personal injury lawyers on the issues surrounding periodical payments for future losses and the methods of approach required when considering periodical payments for the claimant. Topics covered will include emerging case law, indexation and interim payments, periodical payments and reduce value awards, how and when to instruct an expert and relevant case studies. WORKING TOGETHER THE ROLE OF A CASE MANAGER This presentation looks at the role of the case manager with both adults and children before and after settlement. The presentation highlights the need for effective working relationships between legal professionals and case managers for the benefit of clients and consideration is given to what constitutes a good working relationship. The session will focus on understanding the case management process from initial assessment to ongoing intervention with particular focus on accommodation, therapy and school/work, the importance of finding an appropriate case manager and the key elements that need to be in place to enable effective working relationships between solicitors/deputies and case managers. In association with ILS.

6 GOOD PRACTICE IN CASE MANAGEMENT FOR CHILDREN This session covers key areas of paediatric case management exploring some of the specific issues relating to case management for children and young children. This will include the important of finding the right case manager for your client, the assessment and ongoing involvement as well as some of the emotional and psychological issues often experienced by parents in particular. In association with ILS. PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS This session is aimed at providing practicing personal injury lawyers with a broad overview of personal injury trusts and how they interact with damages awards. It will include a look at state benefit/local authority thresholds, professional negligence issues, trusts for minors and protected beneficiaries, the 52 week disregard and using trusts as part of a settlement strategy. THE BRAIN INJURED CLAIMANT The provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are a fundamental change in the way brain injured claimants will be handled by the Courts. This session considers the practical impact of the legislation with a particular emphasis on personal injury damages. Topics will include the new capacity tests, the Office of the Public Guardian, the role of the deputy and the court, professional or lay deputy and the statutory duty of care.

7 THE ROLE OF THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS An occupational therapist is often part of a team working with a client. This presentation gives an insight into the role of an OT whether the client be at work, rest or play. Therapists not only prescribe equipment, they also building independence, support learning skills, develop sensory and perception skills. This session will help you to understand the breadth of the role of an OT and provide information on how to find an appropriate therapist to work with your clients. In association with ILS. INVESTING DAMAGES BACK TO BASICS This session considers prudent investment strategies for claimants, once their damages have been settled. Applying principles of low risk investing in accordance with Wells v Wells the content provides lawyers with sensible investment theory in today s difficult economic environment. Topics covered include the broad principles of investing personal injury damages, appropriate advice aimed at meeting the claimant s needs, risk profiling and an overview of the Trustee Act 2000.

8 For more details call / or visit braininjurygroup.co.uk Brain Injury Group Abbey House 25 Clarendon Road Redhill Surrey RH1 1QZ Follow us on Brain Injury Group is a trading style of The BIG Network Limited The BIG Network Limited is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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