Mental Capacity, Acquired Brain Injury and Social Work

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These sessions are kindly provided by the Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum (SABIF). The SABIF aims to develop a clearer understanding of acquired brain injury (ABI) within the ABI community in Sussex for the benefit of people with brain injury in all its forms.

Five events are planned, led by experienced professionals and stakeholders. This will give you the perspective of neuropsychology, occupational therapy, social work, lived experience, law and more.

The sessions are

·        Carers and families of ABI survivors

·        Care Act assessments of ABI survivors

·        Psycho-social issues following a brain injury

·         Mental capacity, ABI and social work

·        A round table discussion about how we can develop social work practice for people with an ABI.

The recent ‘James’ Safeguarding Adults Review highlights the importance of training to staff working with people with ABI and this is a great opportunity to develop your understanding of this complex topic. You can attend as many of the sessions as you like – please apply separately to each event you would like to attend.

Francis Lacy Scott, chair of the Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum says “Working with people an ABI presents professional challenges; the extent of the impact of the brain injury can be hidden, presenting challenges to assessing the impact on daily living and decision making. The SABIF is pleased to bring together leading experts in this series of events to develop understanding and enhance practice in ABI social work.”
Start Date
Tuesday 28 June 2022
End Date
Tuesday 28 June 2022
09:30 - 13:00
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Learning outcomes
After attending the session on Mental capacity, ABI and social work you will have a greater appreciation of:

- the ways in which a brain injury can impact decision making

- the impact of executive functioning on decision making

- the ‘frontal lobe paradox’ and implications for assessing capacity

- vulnerabilities and the impact on risk taking

- use of the Brain Injury Needs Indicator
Additional information
The session is open to BHCC Adult Assessment Services.

This event is facilitated by Akudo Amadiegu and Dr. Richard Maddicks. 

Akudo Amadiegu is a Qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England, graduating with an MA Social Work (Distinction) from the University of Kent in 2020. Akudo is a Qualified Early Years Professional having achieved the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), now Early Years Teaching Status from the Teaching Agency in 2012 and the MA Early Years from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2013. She was part of the pilot programme New Leaders in Early Years, designed to equp exceptional graduates with leadership and management qualities to lead practice in the Early Years. Akudo worked with Children aged 0-5, supporting speech and language development in the early years and also designed and delivered a play and communication programme at the Heathway Centre, a specialist centre for children with disabilities. She supported families identified under the Troubled Families agenda. and as a Social Worker, worked with Children in Care and Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. Akudo's research interest is Brain Injury and she is part of a research group of academics with an interest in brain injury related social work research. She is a trustee of the Brain Injury Social Work Group.

Dr. Richard Maddicks is an experienced consultant neuropsychologist whose decision to pursue neuropsychology followed his experience during doctoral training at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre in 1995. He went on to complete his post-doctoral diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Maudsley Hospital in 2000 and has been a Full-Practitioner member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology since.Richard has worked in neuro-rehabilitation settings in both the NHS and independent sector since 1996. 17 years’ experience in medico-legal work has seen him instructed as an expert neuropsychologist in many diverse and complex civil, criminal and family law cases. However, his strong interest in neuro-rehabilitation and treatment has also underpinned an emphasis on therapeutic work with patients following trauma, head injury and various complex neuropsychological presentations.
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Course pre-requisites
Microsoft Teams, online learning session
Event Trainers
Tim Wilson
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