In this article, Philippa Feltham-White, an experienced brain injury case manager, will provide her experience and thoughts on the importance of engaging in research.
Purpose: Acquired Brain Injuries, caused by a range of illnesses and injuries, can lead to long-term difficulties for individuals; mental health problems, cognitive and executive impairment and psychosocial problems including relationship breakdown, substance abuse and potentially homelessness. The study aimed to seek and gain a more definitive understanding of the inter-relationship of Acquired Brain Injury, substance abuse and homelessness by identifying key themes associated with the inter-relationship between these variables.
Following the House of Lords Select Committee request for information regarding the use of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) with clients with ABI, the British Association of Brain Injury & Complex Case Managers (BABICM) undertook a very successful response, members’ evidence playing a significant part in the report that their Lordships produced. We are aware from our practice and our colleagues that issues relating to the assessment of mental capacity, to supported decision-making and supporting people in the community remain a key area of concern. Brain Injury Case Managers (BICMs) have significant experience that will be invaluable in this regard.
The Acquired Brain Injury and Mental Capacity Act Interest Group was a group of experienced brain injury specialists formed an email-based interest group during the recent House of Lords select committee investigation into the workings of the Mental Capacity Act. BABICM members (including those who were Council members) significantly contributed to the report.