20 July 2017 | Comment | Article by Ciaran McCabe
His Royal Highness Prince Harry today officially launched a new initiative by Headway, a charity that supports people affected by brain injury.
The Headway Brain Injury Identity Card is designed to help police officers and staff more easily identify brain injury survivors and ensure that they receive appropriate response and support. The card can also provide brain injury survivors with added confidence in everyday social scenarios.
Ciaran McCabe Partner at Hugh James who specialises in providing nationwide legal support to those who have sustained a brain injury commented,
“This is an excellent initiative as for many, the effects of their brain injury are largely unseen and often misunderstood. Impaired memory or concentration, slurred or slow speech, an unsteady walking style, or reduced ability to control anger or emotion can cause everyday challenges and social misunderstandings for brain injury survivors to overcome.
These challenges can also lead some survivors into contact with the criminal justice system, often as a result of not being able to prove they have a brain injury.”
To access a Headway Brian Injury Identity Card, which is personalised to include the individual’s photo and lists some of the effects they commonly experience, applicants are asked to provide clinical verification of their brain injury. This initiative not only helps police to quickly identify those with a brain injury but it also enables people to access specialist legal support from solicitors with expertise in the field of brain injury.
The Headway Brain Injury Identity Card is supported by organisations across the UK, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Police Scotland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the National Appropriate Adult Network and NHS England’s Liaison and Diversion Service.
The card is provided free-of-charge. It is quick and easy to apply either via the post or online at www.headway.org.uk/idcard.
If you require any further information scheme do not hesitate to contact Ciaran McCabe who can assist you further.