The Voyage Care Brain Injury Rehabilitation (BIR) professionals group comprises brain injury and rehabilitation experts from across the company. The purpose of the group is to ensure best practice is proactively shared across the company so we can provide the very best care and support for people with brain injuries.
What are the goals of the BIR professionals group?
Our main goals are to:
- Share best practice and specialist rehab goals/guidelines
- Manage outcomes to give the people we support, the best opportunities to move on from our services
- Work alongside Headway’s approved provider scheme to ensure each service achieves accreditation
- Improving outcomes through values goals and multidisciplinary working
How will the BIR professionals group achieve their goals?
We will be providing overview of the Therapy Review IDTs to ensure goals are reviewed and moved forward as well as gathering data from Therapy Outcome Measures tool and adapting our approach for each individual.
Specialist BIR training will be provided and there will be a variety of learning opportunities from Neuro-therapists, to ensure a good working knowledge of approaches and rehab goals is achieved.
We will develop a bank of case studies throughout the progress and transition of the people we support.
We will also gather knowledge through attending conferences, training events and reading publications.
Our brain injury and rehabilitation experts:
Alan Marshall, Managing Director
Alan is a qualified nurse who has worked within the health and social care sector since 1990. He has significant experience in service redesign and innovation, delivering new products and services to many new customers across the UK. Alan also has an MBA from Chester University which he completed in 2008.
Amanda Griffiths, Director of Quality
Amanda is responsible for the exceptionally high regulatory compliance outcomes and consistent delivery of quality of care and service delivery at Voyage Care. She is also the executive lead for the for the management, delivery and oversight of all learning and development including all mandatory and company requirements and the delivery of vocational qualifications – OFSTED rating good. Her Quality team also encompasses the Behavioural support team.
Dave Barlow, Senior Behavioural Therapist & Brain Injury Specialist
Dave has worked in the health and social care sector for the last 35 years. Dave helped to establish our current BRI services and has worked across all 17 service as behavioural support since 2002. Dave is a qualified Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and has a particular interest in the Mental Act and DoLs.
Simon Evans, Operations Manager
Simon has 21 years’ experience in social care in various settings, initially supporting mental health. For the last 12 years, he has specialised in supporting people with brain injuries. Simon has a Registered Manager’s Award as well as Leadership and Management in Care award and Cognitive Rehabilitation.
Louise Houghton, Placement Manager
Louise has over 13 years’ experience working in brain injury rehab services. Louise started her career as a support worker and then progressed to team leader & deputy manager before achieving the role of registered manager of a brain injury service in Dudley. Louise now oversees the admissions and therapy outcomes of the services in the West of the UK.
Karina Johnson, Quality Development Manager
Karina is a successful manager and leader, with a nursing background (RNMH) and 32 years NHS experience, working primarily in the field of complex learning disability services, and in Mental Health/Neuropsychiatry (including acquired brain injuries). Karina has used her knowledge and experience to support the development of the brain injury rehabilitation specialism at Voyage Care.
Tracey Johnson, Clincial Operations Director
Tracey is a registered general nurse with expertise in acquired brain injuries, neurological conditions and complex community support. Tracey manages team of clinical professionals to provide complex homecare for people with brain injuries.
Jane Troy, BIR Service Manager
Jane has worked in the brain injury sector since 2004 and has worked for Voyage Care for the last five years. Jane has a BSc Honors in Psycology and has undertaken a number a managerial roles in her career. The registered manager is due to start her new managerial role in our brand new £2.7 million brain injury rehabilitation service, Lorenzo Drive, in Liverpool and is very much looking forward to the new challenge.
Janette Walker, Operations Manager
Janette has worked in the area of brain injury rehabilitation since 2009, throughout this time she has managed and developed a range of services that are tailored to meet peoples’ needs at every stage of their rehabilitation pathway. Her passions lay around ensuring that everyone we support has a personalised rehabilitation / support package with clear goals and identified outcomes leading to increased independence and reintegration to the broader society. Janette holds the following qualifications: HND Change Management; DIP Health and Social Care Leadership; Cert ILMA; PTLS.
Rosie Burke, Marketing Team Leader
Rosie leads our marketing team, her role on the brain injury professionals group is to develop effective marketing and communications for the people we support, their families and people who are looking for support. She’s passionate about making information accessible for all people.
Before moving into marketing, Rosie was a teacher and provided support for adults with learning disabilities to access education.