Professor Nick Alderman

Priory Healthcare and Partnerships in Care

Professor Nick Alderman is Director of Clinical Services, Priory Brain Injury Services, Priory Healthcare & Partnerships in Care. He is acknowledged internationally as one of the foremost experts in neurobehavioural rehabilitation, having over three decades experience in this field and a track record in treatment innovation, service development, leadership, research, teaching and academia. Previously he held senior posts at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and National Brain Injury Centre (Kemsley Unit). He holds academic appointments including Visiting Professor, University of the West of England and Honorary Professor, Swansea University. Nick has published numerous journal papers and book chapters, created neuropsychological tests, observational recording measures and rating scales used in neurorehabilitation services across the world. He is Chair of the East Midlands Acquired Brain Injury Forum, and a Director of the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance. Recent awards include: Association for Psychological Therapies ‘Awards for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management’ (2014); United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum ‘Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration by an individual in the field of acquired brain injury’ (2014); and Association for Psychological Therapies ‘Annual Award for Excellence in Working with Challenging Behaviour’ (2016). Outside work Nick prides himself on being an amateur musician of ‘questionable talent’.

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Rehabilitation of severe neurobehavioural disability after acquired brain injury

Long-term outcome studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI) have established that challenging behaviours arising from neurobehavioural disability (NBD) create greater long-term challenges to community integration than physical disabilities. Effects of NBD are potentially devastating to survivors and their families; they are pervasive, and disproportionate to severity of injury. NBD is associated with poor psychosocial outcome and increased risk of violence and offending. Because the effects of TBI cannot be directly observed it has been labelled as the ‘silent epidemic’. Previously, neurorehabilitation services were not organised to manage NBD, and consequently survivors migrated to inappropriate services. These unmet needs resulted in evolution of neurobehavioural rehabilitation (NbR) which has revolutionised TBI outcomes for over three decades. In this presentation, internationally acclaimed expert Professor Nick Alderman will give an overview of NbR, including clinical, social and financial benefits, to demonstrate how its evidence based outcomes can positively influence recovery from acquired brain injury.

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