Charity launches new Norfolk concussion support trial
A new project has been launched in a bid to improve support for people who have had concussion in West Norfolk.
Brain injury charity Headway has announced plans for a trial later this year, which aims to provide additional assistance for patients who have experienced a concussion.
The group’s Norfolk and Waveney branch says it hopes the project, which it has linked up with Fosters Solicitors to launch, will plug gaps in support for affected patients within the existing health system.
Awareness of the potential longer-term dangers of concussion, particularly in sport, has grown significantly in recent years through a number of high profile cases.
Michael Kitching, chief executive of Headway Norfolk & Waveney, said this week: “People who have suffered a mild concussion often receive a varied and limited amount of information regarding aftercare and the potential of developing post-concussion syndrome.
“We are therefore grateful for the support of Fosters which has enabled us to get this trial project up and running, and very-much look forward to working with them on this project over the coming months.
“This will enable us to provide much-needed support to people across the Norfolk and Waveney region, distributing key information about managing brain injury and the associated physical and mental health problems.”
Fosters’ Head of Personal Injury & Group Actions, Steve Green added: “We are very proud to be supporting Headway Norfolk & Waveney and working with them on this new project, which will focus on identifying those who have suffered a concussion injury but are often unaware of its potential effects.”
The plan was announced during the annual Action for Brain Injury Week, which continues until Sunday.
The aim of this year’s campaign is to raise awareness and understanding of the often misunderstood symptoms of a brain injury, and for what can be for many brain injury survivors, a hidden disability.