Physio Matters’ first Spotlight Webinar has successfully broadcast with over 60 professionals signing up to watch, with the video now available here.
The first Spotlight Webinar took place on 4 November 2020 and focused on “The Changing Face of Serious Injury Litigation due to COVID-19”. Hosted by Physio Matters Clinical Director, Colin Green, the key guest speaker was Richard Biggs, Serious Injury Senior Associate, Irwin Mitchell LLP who presented for over 30 minutes. Kirsty Agnew, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist at Physio Matters then led a Q&A with Richard, also introducing questions from attendees.
Impact of changes due to COVID-19
Richard Biggs specialises in complex and high-value claims, particularly in brain injury, spinal and amputation cases. He addressed a number of key issues including the changes that had impacted on the Court and the legal system due to COVID-19 and the first lockdown restrictions. Many services had to move quickly online which led to some delays in court hearings, fewer face-to-face assessments, and the wholesale adaptation to remote working by many in the legal profession who work with seriously injured clients.
He discussed how recent changes due to COVID-19 have affected practitioners’ role within the litigation process, and what this might mean for case managers, therapists, medico-legal experts, solicitors and other professionals involved in serious injury cases. His advice included the need to evidence everything as far as possible, especially in terms of making the case for face-to-face therapy as opposed to virtual provision.
Learning and interacting as a professional community
Colin Green said: “We are very pleased at the success of the first webinar and the amazing number of brain injury professionals who signed up. We had some very positive feedback from them too. This demonstrates that people are still keen to learn and interact as a community and we need to find new ways of doing this while social distancing restrictions are in place. It is very encouraging that our professional colleagues have supported this new initiative and are keen to come together to share knowledge as we always have done.”
He added: “I’d also like to thank Richard Biggs for his support and excellent presentation which I know many people found very informative in their roles as brain injury professionals. He has set a high bar but I’m sure our next speakers will be just as good!”
To find out more about Richard Biggs, visit: www.irwinmitchell.com/our-people/richard-biggs
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 ‘Bothered & Bewildered: Life in Lockdown’ with Dr. Gavin Newby, Clinical Neuropsychologist with Newby Psychological Services Ltd who will look at the impact of lockdown on mental health. The webinar will be held from 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Wednesday 2 December.
A link to book a FREE place will be available on Physio Matters Facebook page and emailed to registered attendees from the first webinar. If you would like to be added to the Physio Matters mailing list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Watch the Webinar Now
This webinar has now taken place and was recorded. You can watch it below. The video lasts for 60 minutes.
Beneath the video is the Priestly & Manchester (2020) article which Richard refers to in his webinar.
Article: Priestly, N. and Manchester, D. (2020). ‘The courts, neuropsychologists and Covid-19: the case for tele- neuropsychology’. The Neuropsychologist 10 – October 2020.
Please hover over the page below and use the arrows at the bottom to move through the article.Priestly & Manchester (2020) - Courts, Neuropsychology & Covid-19 article