Charity launches new resource to help GPs identify “hidden effects” of brain injury

A specialist brain injury charity has teamed up with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to launch a new online help course to help doctors better understand the “often hidden” effects of acquired brain injury (ABI).

Headway said its new course aims to provide “time-pressured doctors” with “bite-sized learning modules” to provide guidance on where to find more in-depth information.

The course – which is free to all doctors – covers a number of topics, including epidemiology, symptoms, sequelae and management of ABI and addresses the topic of post-traumatic hypopituitarism.

Headway said its new resource is in response to a number of reports that doctors could often miss the “hidden effects” of brain injury, which can “overlap or be confused with other conditions” and make a comprehensive diagnosis difficult.

Commenting on the contents of the online course, Luke Griggs, Director of Communications at Headway, said: “Too often people report to our helpline difficulties in explaining the effects of their brain injury to their GP, or that their doctor does not understand or recognise the difficulties they are facing with everyday life.

“By working with the RCGP on developing this training resource, we hope to reduce the number of people slipping through the net and help GPs to ensure people receive the help and support they need.”

Dr Jonathan Leach, Joint Honorary Secretary at the RCGP, added: “General practitioners by definition are required to have an understanding of a wide range of conditions, and keeping up-to-date remains a significant challenge when their time is severely and increasingly limited.

“We are extremely grateful to Headway for its support in developing this resource which we hope will assist GPs in identifying brain injury in their patients and ensuring they are directed to appropriate support.”