The annual UKABIF awards were presented at the 9th Annual Conference which took place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on 13th November
The UKABIF Award for Clinician of the Year was presented to Vicky Richards, Case Manager and co founder of Case Management Cymru
Vicky Richards has many years of experience working with people with brain injury. She headed up the rehabilitation team at Rookwood for many years and is now a case manager. Vicky has a real empathy for her patients and her relaxed and confident demeanour enables her to gain the trust of her patients. Vicky makes her co -workers feel valued and quietly gets on with her tasks with the patient’s best interest always at the heart of her goals, She listens to everyone and takes on board the opinions of carers to consultants, but with the patient’s wishes always first and foremost.
She is a dedicated member of Headway Cardiff and gives up her spare time freely to actively support her local members.
Vicky brings calm where there is chaos and within the world of Brain Injury Rehabilitation this is a priceless gift.
The UKABIF Lawyer of the Year 2017 was awarded to Mark Hollinghurst of Switalskis Solicitors.
Mark has had a long career in complex personal injury helping the most seriously injured individuals through a highly personal legal service. He has a small dedicated team and has pursued many six and seven figure claims.
Outside of his day job Mark co founded Headway Yorkshire East Coast and remains their Chair. He was former Chair of Headway York and also established and Chaired the UKABIF Regional Group in Yorkshire for many years.
Mark makes himself accessible to his clients and their families at all times and admires the bravery of his clients in the face of adversity.
The Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration was awarded to Zoe Binnie.
In 2015 Zoe fell off of her bike and suffered a brain injury, her recovery was medically complicated and these were testing times for her and her husband. Like many people, Zoe was discharged with no community rehabilitation, no useful information and no support in place. Zoe was well supported by her husband, colleagues and friends and she has, over time, done incredibly well.
Zoe and her husband decided that they wanted to do something to highlight the benefits of cycle helmet use. They developed Strike: The Helmet Project, which culminated in an art exhibition and auction where 27 artists were asked to decorate a cycle helmet. Boy George attended the event and bought a work of art that was created by Grayson Perry.
There was a lot of great publicity generated and Photographs of the work appeared in the Guardian newspaper and across a number of cycling and art related media, always with reference to brain injury and to Headway, the beneficiary charity.
Zoe has chosen to use her unique skills and contacts to support others. Her contribution is both in the field of raising awareness of brain injury and, very importantly, in the promotion of cycle safety. If cyclists can see their headgear as artwork, as a statement about them and their aesthetic sensibilities, then their use may become more normalised and accepted; that is vital work.