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Title: Exploring how the role of the key worker can support families in the community who have experience of a loved one with a Traumatic Brain Injury
Author: Rowe, Niamh
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 8307
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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Objective: The National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland (2011) Report recommend further development of a case management approach utilising a key worker role to identify intensive users of unplanned acute and secondary care services. In addressing this form of practice, this study examined how the role of the key worker could support primary carers for people with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) within the community after leaving hospital. Methods: The study employed an action research approach in which the researcher worked with six primary carers of people with TBI. Through a participatory approach, the role of the key worker was introduced and developed as a pilot project over six months. Findings: Identified roles of the key worker ranged from providing TBI education, case management services, development of a support network, professional guidance, empowering the primary carer within the case management process to offering emotional support. Conclusion: The research supports the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine National Clinical Guidelines (BSRM, 2003) model of TBI rehabilitation by suggesting the allocation of a key worker to form part of a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitative services within the community.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare ; RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry