BABICM are delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Hammond-Hawkins to lead our new Educational Scoping Project (ESP). The six-month ESP aims to explore how BABICM members wish to develop and deliver formal routes of education within brain and complex injury case management.

Jane qualified as a first-level general nurse in 1982 and has remained on the Nursing and Midwifery Register as a nurse since then. Throughout her nursing career, Jane has developed her expertise in supporting and developing academic and vocational qualifications within health and social care. This commenced with mentorship programmes and the English National Board qualification in teaching and assessing. Jane was appointed as a nurse lecturer within Bradford and Airedale College of Health, during which time she also gained her degree in nursing. 

Jane went back into clinical work and set up four private hospitals as an NVQ centre. This meant that support workers and therapists were able to access education to support their roles and further develop their careers. To develop her teaching skills, Jane then commenced (and gained) a master’s degree in health professional education. This qualification led to Jane becoming a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and being appointed as a national training manager. Here, she designed and delivered a range of training sessions and competency programmes for support workers in the community setting.

Jane has been a case manager for the last sixteen years, mainly working with ABI and spinal clients, and came into case management after seeing an advertisement describing the role of an ABI case manager. As a nurse, her career within the operating department and education had not provided her with the skills to apply for such a role; however, she did apply due to having personal experience of case managing for her son, who suffered an ABI when he was 12 years old. Jane also had experience of being a daughter whose mother had suffered a significant TBI as a child and as a wife to her husband who suffered several strokes. Jane explained that it was her personal experience that provided her with the knowledge of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, such as applying and appealing benefits, education and health care plans, residential colleges, vocational pursuits, independent living trials and the world of litigation.  

Jane states that being a brain and complex injury case manager is the best role she has undertaken in her career and is passionate about enabling colleagues to develop their knowledge and skills in complex case management. She sees the future for BABICM as becoming a leading organisation in delivering a range of educational pathways leading to IRCM registration and developing complex case management skills at advanced practitioner level.

The ESP Project

How BABICM can deliver this commercially viable educational pathway, is the aim behind the ESP. Initially, Jane wishes to gain the valuable views and opinions of BABICM members relating to formal case management educational pathways and development. This is the starting point and soon, an online questionnaire will be sent out to all BABICM members and we would appreciate the input and opinions of all our members.