Headway Somerset have two Hospital Liaison workers - Wendy Copeman and Ali Parrott who have now been in post for two years. As part of the service we visit people with acquired brain injury and their families at Musgrove Park Hospital, Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre and the service has been a resounding success.
Headway Hospital Liaison was established in response to a need identified by people with brain injury, who said that whilst the care they received in hospital was superb, on leaving, many felt isolated, frightened and unsure of where to turn to for help. For some, problems with debilitating memory loss, anger issues, financial worries, confusion and grief over the skills lost/ absence of the person they were, remained unaddressed until they found Headway. One service user stated that getting appropriate follow on care and support: "Should not be such a lottery". Hence the Hospital Liaison role was born, with the intention of 'Bridging the Gap'