injury service directory launched in UK
30 November 2012
A new online directory, BrainNav, will offer survivors of
acquired brain injury a database of services tailored to meet their
It will provide users with a national directory of
rehabilitation centres, cognitive therapists, clinics, and other
specialist facilities, to help support both them and their carers,
and ultimately assist in their recovery process.
It has been created to help people who have acquired a brain
injury find the right service to aid their journey through
rehabilitation, and will enable improved access to appropriate brain
injury services in both the user’s local area and across the UK. As
well as search options for brain injury survivors and their carers,
there is also a search option for healthcare professionals.
Service information hosted on BrainNav is provided by regional
brain injury forums. It is anticipated that
the contents will grow significantly over the next few months as use
of the site increases.
BrainNav is a joint, not-for-profit venture between UKABIF, Optua
UK and Thompsons Solicitors; organisations who recognised the
inadequacy of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) information resources in
A brain injury survivor has welcomed the launch of BrainNav, which he says
would have dramatically improved his access to rehabilitation
services when he suffered a brain aneurysm.
Steve Garratt received very little rehabilitation therapy or
access to information following an aneurysm in 2009 and says
BrainNav, which has been launched this week, would have really
helped him on his road to recovery.
Mr Garratt said, “I spent nine weeks in hospital but received
nothing in terms of therapy. I had very little help when I came out
as well –a bit with my walking, but other than that I was pretty
much left to get on with things on my own. I definitely could have
done with more guidance, especially at the beginning, when I lost my
speech. You can’t imagine how frustrating it was to sit in hospital
and not be able to talk to the people who came to visit me, even my
own kids. It was soul destroying. BrainNav could have made a real
difference to me.”
Professor Mike Barnes is Chair of UKABIF, which aims to raise
awareness of acquired brain injury, “Cases like Steve’s show just
how important BrainNav is going to be. This is a man who received no
outreach support, in fact practically no help whatsoever for the
first six months after his injury. Delays in receiving
rehabilitation can have a serious, long-term impact on recovery.
BrainNav aims to combat this by empowering survivors and their
carers with access to relevant information.”
Peter Mulhern, National Head of Serious Injuries at Thompsons
Solicitors, added, “BrainNav is set to become the leading directory
of services for acquired brain injury. It’s a crucial development in
the field, and one, which will change the way survivors and their
carers approach the rehabilitation process.
William Challis of Optua UK, said: “For ABI survivors, being able
to find the right services at the right time is vital, but it has
never been straightforward until now. We set out to ensure that
people can find details quickly and easily of the support services
which are available. It’s not easy caring for a loved one who has
suffered such trauma, but BrainNav is going to be an invaluable tool
for those who do.”
For more information visit www.brainnav.info