Since qualifying as an occupational therapist in 1990, Jill has worked for over 25 years in the field of neurological rehabilitation and has set up and managed multi-disciplinary in-patient services as well as community-based services in the NHS and local authority. She has extensive specialist postgraduate neurological rehabilitation training including adult Bobath training (3 week), cognitive rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, constraint induced movement therapy, dynamic lycra splinting and understanding memory.
She has strongly promoted the role of rehabilitation services through presentations at national events, at Scottish Parliament and has formed strong connections with voluntary groups and universities. She is an author of the online Stroke Training and Awareness Resource (STARS) and has delivered neurological rehabilitation training for a variety of specialist groups.
Jill is committed to supporting peoples positive emotional and mental wellbeing alongside their physical abilities to maximise their enjoyment of life and reach their potential.
Whilst living in Shetland, Jill developed the community rehabilitation service and her passion for outdoor life and activities. Developing this unique service at Calvert Reconnections for people with acquired brain injury enables her to combine her expert skills and knowledge with her love of the outdoors while ensuring people are receiving unique neurological rehabilitation.
Jo is a registered nurse with a background in neuropsychology and complex case management. Jo set up and founded a successful community-based Acquired Brain Injury/Neurological support service in Cumbria, and has worked closely with the local Brain Injury Charity to improve opportunities and care for individuals and their families locally and nationally.
Jo has worked with the Cumbria Community Acquired Brain Injury Team for the last 8 years, developing tools and innovative support/assessment models, in order to improve outcomes and service delivery for individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and other Neurological Conditions. Following the success of her community-based service, Jo took on the role of ABI/Neurological Specialist Lead in order to provide expert advice, tools and training to organisations, charities and providers throughout the UK. Within this role, Jo delivered bespoke training and workshops to charities, registered services, local authorities and hospitals in order to improve care quality and outcomes for individuals with ABI and other Neurological Conditions.
Jo has also worked for the Care Quality Commission Inspectorate (providing advice and recommendations for continuous improvement) and the NHS, case managing and delivering complex care for individuals with significant cognitive and psychical difficulties.
Jo has recently completed a MSc in nursing care/rehabilitation for individuals with ABI and is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience of the sector to ensure Calvert Reconnections becomes established as an outstanding service, recognised nationally for its Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Alistair is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has worked in neurological rehabilitation since 1992. After working for 12 years in NHS hospital and community neurorehabilitation teams in Edinburgh and on Tyneside, Alistair has worked for the last 18 years as the clinical lead of the Momentum Skills North East brain injury services based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Alistair’s post at Momentum involved the development of a regional brain injury vocational rehabilitation service which also included evaluation of the clinical and economic efficacy of the service through a collaborative project with the Department of Health and United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum. The Momentum position also included close working with health and local authority commissioners to create outreach services across the North East region to provide community based rehabilitation and social opportunities to brain injured adults.
Through his clinical work, teaching, training and research Alistair has established broad connections within the brain injury rehabilitation field. These connections encompass the statutory, independent and medicolegal sectors. Having recently completed qualitative research investigating the process of identity re-configuration after acquired brain injury, Alistair is committed to using his experience, and the knowledge he has gained from his research, to assist Calvert Reconnections forge a best practice reputation within neurorehabilitation.