Spotlight Webinar Explores Lockdown Impact

Spotlight Webinar Explores Lockdown Impact

Lockdown and the impact on people with ABI was the focus of Physio Matters’ second Spotlight Webinar with Dr Gavin Newby which is now available to watch here.

Titled ‘Bothered & Bewildered: Life in Lockdown’, the webinar was hosted by Physio Matters Clinical Director, Colin Green and featured guest speaker Dr Gavin Newby, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Newby Psychological Services Ltd. Over 60 professionals from the brain injury community signed up to watch Gavin’s presentation, followed by a Q&A with Tim Nike, Senior Neurological Physiotherapist and questions from attendees.

Webinar Details

Within the webinar, Dr Newby looked at the neuropsychological consequences of the pandemic, and in particular the COVID-19 journey and ABI. He considered a range of topics including:

  • the positive effects of lockdown restrictions which stopped the ‘noise’ of life for many people with a brain injury, and enabled a new therapeutic mode to emerge in the form of remote working
  • how to gauge the balance between face-to-face and virtual therapy, weighing up clients’ need versus what is safe and practical for the therapist
  • the ‘dose’ effect of face-to-face therapy and why some clients need this input to maintain relationships with their therapists
  • the impact of COVID-19 on team dynamics amongst ABI professionals who no longer have physical meetings and the consequences of missing out on interaction, banter and deepening team relationships before, during and after meetings


Neuropsychology experience with ABI

Gavin has over 25 years’ experience as a Clinical Neuropsychologist, working with people who have an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. He previously worked in the NHS as Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist for ABI Services in Cheshire and the Wirral, and was also Speciality Clinical Director for ABI and Learning Difficulties.

Now in full time independent practice with Newby Psychological Services Ltd., Gavin offers direct rehabilitation and indirect consultation with teams working with ABI, mental capacity assessment, supervision, training and conference presentations.  He has published articles on mental capacity assessments, using emails in psychotherapy, parenting after ABI, risk management, and return to driving, and recently co-edited the textbook “Practical Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury: A Guide for Working Clinicians”.

Learning and interacting as a professional community

Physio Matters Clinical Director, Colin Green, said: “Following the success of our first Spotlight Webinar, we were delighted again with the number of brain injury professionals who signed up to hear and watch our webinar with Dr Gavin Newby. He gave a very interesting insight into the impact of lockdown on people with brain injury and some of the challenges this has created for their families and carers, as well as professionals working with them. And it was good to get some really good questions from the audience at the end who wanted to find out more.”

He added: “I’d like to thank Gavin for his excellent presentation which I know people found very informative. He gave us many good ideas and insights which I’m sure our professional community can take with them into their working lives.”

To find out more about Dr Gavin Newby, visit:

Next Webinar

Physio Matters Spotlight Webinars aim to bring together brain injury professionals to explore topical issues, share good practice, and interact online in the absence of traditional face-to-face networking and events which have been halted due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The next webinar is “I’m fine! Understanding Insight After Brain Injury” with Louise Sheffield, Clinical Case Manager and Director at Active Case Management who will look at how people respond to their brain injury.

The webinar will be held from 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Wednesday 27th January 2021. More information on how to register a FREE place will be available on Physio Matters’ Facebook page in January at

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Watch now

Watch the video below for the Spotlight Webinar ‘Bothered & Bewildered: Life in Lockdown’ which took place on 2 December 2020. The video lasts for 50 minutes.

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