Supporting an individual with acquired brain injury “ be the best you can be

Posted on: 18th November 2020

Since March brought with it a sudden halt to classroom-based learning, JSP training have successfully adapted our training programme into live online learning, maintaining interaction, activity and discussion.

We asked our Clinical Training Lead Rachel James who leads our brain injury training programme how this new style of learning has affected delivery and outcomes on our accredited training course.


How has the shift to online learning worked out for the Supporting an Individual with a Brain Injury programme?

Covid 19 certainly presented a particular challenge for our 5-day accredited course as it’s success depends on participants sharing ideas to link learning to practical experience with their clients. Any concerns we might have had about delivering the course online were soon dispelled due to the commitment and engagement of our JSP learners and their adaptability to this new style of learning.  I am truly delighted with the success of our online programme and that we have continued to receive excellent feedback from our learners to confirm we’re still delivering what they need.

Who are the learners on this course?

Support Workers already working with an individual who is living with an acquired brain injury

Who are the trainers?

Qualified Case Managers and Occupational Therapists who all have many years of practical experience working in the field of brain injury. Taking a facilitative approach, trainers use their expertise to explore specific scenarios brought by the support worker to develop understanding of their individual client.

What does the programme cover?

The course explores the physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties that can occur as a result of brain injury and what the individual’s experience means to them and their loved ones. The course also considers the varied personal skills and qualities required to be a support worker and provides opportunity to discuss specific situations and practical ways to support clients with the individual challenges they face as a consequence of brain injury.

What do support workers achieve?

We are proud that our programme is accredited by Skills and Education Group Awards, a leading national awarding organisation, with a long-established reputation for providing high-quality support and services to the educational sector. By completing a portfolio of work to evidence set learning outcomes have been achieved, support workers gain Certification of the Accredited Training Programme as a record of attendance and achievement.   

How do can support workers further develop?

We welcome participants back to attend our 2-day Brain Injury training for experienced Support Workers which focuses on using reflective practice to further explore the complexities of brain injury.

What do you think is special about this course?

I am so proud of what support workers achieve through this programme and it’s really great to see them grow in confidence.  To gain Certification of the Accredited Training Programme is well deserved recognition of the commitment and effort they put into the course. Supporting someone who is living with a brain injury can be a challenging role and requires wide ranging skills and qualities. These skills and qualities shine through as our support workers realise what they bring to their work and what they enable their clients to achieve.

What is your advice to any Support Workers considering this course?

Go for it! There is so much to learn in the field of brain injury so let’s all be the best we can be!