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Headway South Bucks can help you after brain injury

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About Brain Injury

Find out more about brain injury and its effects


Welcome To Headway South Bucks

Headway South Bucks cares for people who have acquired a brain injury whether through sporting or work accidents, road traffic accidents, assault, illness or disease. It is affiliated to the national Headway organisation at www.headway.org.uk/

Support is given in two main ways:

  • Through our Resource Centre in Bourne End, where activities take place to improve cognitive, memory, coordination and living skills together with confidence building in social skills. These activities are designed to help people to rebuild their lives following brain injury. The centre has approximately 18 places available each day and runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Some clients choose to enjoy just one day per week whilst others enjoy attending on two or three days.
  • We also provide support to Carers through our unique Carers' Support Programme, which was recently introduced and which offers regular themed meetings, outings and individually-tailored respite.


Headway South Bucks also works in partnership with other organisations in Buckinghamshire and beyond -  including CHIS, the
Community Head Injury Service based in Aylesbury. Please see our Sources of Help page for further information on these organisations.

Currently over 25 families are supported across South Bucks and the surrounding areas. If we cannot provide advice and support ourselves we will put you in contact with people who can.

Please feel free to use our new website as a resource and we hope the information here helps you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know through the Contact Us link you will find at the foot of every page.


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Find out more and apply online on our Volunteering Page


Our Services

We offer a range of services, both directly and through our affiliations with other organisations. You can find out more by clicking on the links below, or referring to our Sources of Help page.

Resource Centre: Headway South Bucks runs a Resource Centre for brain injury survivors who are welcome at various stages of their recovery. We are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 51 weeks per year, and provide a welcoming and friendly meeting place for our "Clients".

Carers’ Support Programme: In 2013, we successfully launched a unique offering called the Headway South Bucks Carers' Support Programme, which has four key elements designed to support our Carers. The Carers' Support Programme (CSP) is available to all non-paid Carers and immediate family members involved in the care of Headway South Bucks' ABI Clients/Service Users. The programme is offered free-of-charge to these carers and family members.

Sign-posting: We will always try to help, but in certain situations may need to “sign-post” you to a different organisation who may have more specialist experience in a certain area.


Latest News

Neurology and primary care: improving the transition from primary care for people with neurological conditions

A new report published by the Neurological Alliance has found that GPs in England lack confidence in the primary care pathway for people with neurological conditions. New polling of GPs across the country shows low levels of confidence in the ability of local services and systems to manage neurology patients effectively, and widespread concern over unnecessary delays. It also suggests that GPs feel they would benefit from more support to manage people presenting with suspected neurological symptoms.

The Neurology and primary care report, available at http://bit.ly/2bfLdkh, presents the results of a survey of 1,001 regionally representative GPs from across the UK (England, n=831) and an expert workshop convened in December 2015. The report focuses primarily on England but additional UK-wide findings are included in the appendix. The report finds that: 

  • 85% (n=708) of GPs in England are either ‘somewhat concerned’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about the time taken from referral for patients to see a consultant neurologist.
  • 59% (n=492) of GPs believe that the local services and systems in place in their area mean that people with neurological conditions frequently do not receive a timely diagnosis.
  • The large majority of GPs in England (84%, n=701) feel that they could benefit from further training on identifying and managing people presenting with neurological conditions.
  • Fewer than half of GPs (47%, n=392) felt confident in their ability to make an initial assessment and referral for people presenting with signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.


The report also sets out eight recommendations aimed at improving the primary care pathway for people with neurological conditions, including a call for the development of a pan-neurological ‘watch list’ of the ten signs and symptoms GPs should be aware of during patient interactions in primary care settings. 

Arlene Wilkie, CEO of the Neurological Alliance, said: “It is essential that NHS England and the Department of Health respond to these findings and engage with the concerns of GPs and people living with neurological conditions. Without an effective pathway through primary care, patients will continue to suffer the consequences of undue delays to referral, diagnosis and treatment, and outcomes will continue to suffer.”

June 2016 - Headway UK launch a range of Booklets and Factsheets

Headway UK produce a wide range of booklets and factsheets. They are available to download in electronic format, free of charge, from their information library (click to view)


Upcoming Events

2016 Diary Dates - for Clients and Carers:

We are pleased to be able to give provisional dates for our outings in 2016: 

Tuesday 13th September

 

Trip to Brooklands Museum and lunch at the Queens Head

Thursday 15th December

 

HSB Christmas Lunch at Bourne End Community Centre


Recent Events

Visit to Flowerland Garden Centre, Bourne End - 21 July 2016

On Thursday 21st July our Thursday clients had the opportunity to visit Flowerland Garden Centre in Bourne End. We had kindly received a generous donation to fund the trip. This allowed us to provide transport to take our clients to and from the centre as well as enjoy a coffee and cake whilst we were there. After our refreshments we had time to enjoy looking around the garden centre. There was plenty to see with the plants, shopping, animals and fish. Everyone enjoyed their visit and we hope to go again later in the year.
Click here to view some photos of us enjoying our refreshments.

Beale Park - July 5th 2016

Headway South Bucks clients, carers, volunteers and staff left the Resource Centre at 10am and headed out to Beale Wildlife Park. The weather was very kind to us and everyone enjoyed the variety of animals and birds, having a ride on the train, also walking through the colourful gardens and seeing lovely animal statues. View our Photos here.
The lunch was a two course meal and was extremely good.We arrived back at the Centre at 4.45 after a full on enjoyable day!

The Bodyguard, Woking - March 30th 2016

Headway South Bucks clients, carers and volunteers enjoyed a fantastic theatre trip on Wednesday 30th March. En route, we stopped off at the Talbot Inn for a wonderful two course lunch. Our group then proceeded to the New Victoria Theatre in Woking where we were treated to a stunning performance of the Bodyguard. The show was thoroughly enjoyed by all with a number of clients singing and dancing in their seats! If you head over to our Gallery Page you can see photographs of the day including a few of our lucky clients meeting "The Bodyguard" after the show!

2015 events can be found here.

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