The staff within the service include: clinical neuropsychologists, clinical nurse specialist, medical consultant in neurological rehabilitation, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist and work placement consultant, supported by assistant, student, administrative and reception staff.
Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of Service retired in June 2021 but will be undertaking some specific service-
Andy was the architect of CHIS drawing upon the views of people with brain injury and their relatives. He has worked in brain injury rehabilitation since 1979 and sees strong community brain injury services as being essential to enable people to rebuild their lives after brain injury.
Andy commented that he has been delighted to see the development of the Friends group which he hopes will give people with a brain injury and their relatives an additional voice in the ongoing development of CHIS as well as hopefully supporting the service in the initial funding of new initiatives.
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Head of Service and Working Out Lead retire.
Head of Service of the Community Head Injury Service for the past 30 years, Andy Tyerman retired fully in June 2021, earlier in the year Ruth Tyerman Working Out Lead also retired.
Both Andy who set up this service in 1992 and Ruth have both contributed to the huge success of the service over all these years. Ruth running the Working out program supporting very many people with head injuries get back to work.
Andy and Ruth are taking on a new challenge together and we all wish them both every success in their new venture, being new Grandparents.
During last year, we welcomed Susan Brown who was appointed to Service Manager for the Service and is taking over from Andy
looking after the day to day running of the Community Head
Over last year, the service has had staff retirements, others have left for new horizons and have joined CHIS.
Over the past year our professional Staff has changed and we would like to acknowledge staff that have retired, moved on to new horizons and staff that have joined us to take the Service into the future and beyond.
Staff that we have said goodbye to:
Andy Tyerman Head of Service
Ruth Tyerman Head of Working Out
Jennie Pitcher Business Lead
Pauline Stone Receptionist
Gail Townsend Senior Occupational Therapist
Alice Coates Psychologist
Sandra Barton Brain Injury Specialist Nurse
Jenny Dorney Savage Rehabilitation Assistant
We will also be saying goodbye to
Mandy Salter Occupational Therapist, leaving at the end of July
Amy Murphy Psychologist, going on maternity leave end of July
Vicky Betts Working Out Team Lead, leaving at the end of September
Staff that we welcome to CHIS
Susan Brown Service manager
Kate Roach Senior Occupational Therapist
Sally Zarwalski Brain Injury Specialist Practitioner
Sharon Hinds Rehabilitation Assistant
Kaylie Smith Rehabilitation Assistant
We will also have some new staff starting in the next couple of months.
Liz Howl and Alison Ryan Psychologists covering maternity leave for Amy Murphy
We will be interviewing for a new Working Out Lead and for another Occupational Therapist in August.