Return to Work After Acquired Brain Injury: An Overview of Vocational Rehabilitation Interventions
Andy Tyerman is consultant clinical neuropsychologist and head of service of the community head injury service, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, UK.
On qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 1979 Andy worked first at the Wolfson Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Wimbledon and the Joint Services Medical Rehabilitation Unit, RAF Chessington, where he also completed a Ph.D. on self-concept after very severe traumatic brain injury.
Since 1992 he has led the Community Head Injury Service in Buckinghamshire. This comprises three specialist programmes; core brain injury rehabilitation; specialist family services; and ‘Working Out’, an award winning specialist brain injury vocational rehabilitation programme. Working Out is an example of good practice for Quality Requirement 6 on Vocational Rehabilitation of the National Service Framework for Long-term (Neurological) Conditions (UK Department of Health, 2005).
Andy was co-convenor of an advisory group which produced inter-agency guidelines on ‘Vocational assessment and rehabilitation after brain injury’ in 2004 and co-convenor of a group which produced ‘Vocational assessment and rehabilitation for people with long-term neurological conditions: recommendations for best practice’ in 2010. He is currently leading a project on facilitating return to work after major trauma.