Liverpool Waves of Hope launches ground-breaking brain injury screening pilot
Liverpool Waves of Hope is excited to announce the launch of its latest pilot in collaboration with the University of Liverpool. The innovative pilot, NeuroTriage, will provide a brain screening outreach assessment service for those experiencing homelessness.
Research from The Disabilities Trust Foundation has found brain injuries, often due to alcohol or substance misuse can affect almost half (48%) of homeless people and may contribute to the risk of people becoming homeless.
When people are homeless, practitioners may not always recognise the presence of a brain injury that has been sustained. NeuroTriage addresses this current gap in diagnosis by offering a mobile brain screening assessment, which will allow better access to services for people across Liverpool.
The pilot brings together a range of professionals; from clinical psychologists, healthcare professionals, social workers, and people with lived experience to help shape and provide an understanding of how to work better with this group. Assessments and support will be available at hostels, GP surgeries and other locations across the city accessed by those experiencing homelessness.
Clinical psychologist and project lead, Dr Stephen Weatherhead said: “Too often, homeless people with brain injuries find doors to services closed, or very difficult to open. This project brings together NHS, the police, third sector housing and support organisations together. We are working not only to open doors, but to reach out and guide people into the support they need.
“This innovative collaboration aims to enable homeless people with a brain injury, to be better understood, and ultimately provide better support tailored around their needs.”
Click here for an introduction to the pilot.