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Meet the Team

                                           CHILDREN’S LINK NURSES 

Our volunteer Link Nurses work in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) in the Regional Major Trauma Centre.   Their roles are to promote awareness of the charity to medical professionals, patients and parents and help to strengthen partnership working between the NHS and the charity.



Karen Coates 

Karen is a very experienced Children’s Nursing Sister. She said:  “I am delighted to be supporting Matrix Neurological and look forward to seeing how the children progress post discharge, following an intensive care admission“.




Louise Tibbett

Louise is also a very experienced Children’s Intensive Care Nurse.  She also has a degree in specialist Community Public Health Nursing.  Louise said:

“I  love being able to bridge the gap between hospital and home and providing children and their families with the rehabilitation they require to achieve the best possible outcome.”  



 naila-id-card-5Naila Arif  – Family Support Worker                                                

Naila is a graduate with a degree in Psychology and previously she worked for an NHS          Mental Health Trust.  Her past experience includes:

                 *  Mental health                          *  Older adults with dementia

                 *  Learning disabilities              *  Children on the Autism Spectrum


shelley-3Shelley Wright – Family Support Worker

Shelley is a graduate with a degree in Paramedic Sciences.  She is a very experienced Social Services Care Manager.  She worked for the NEAS both as a road ambulance Paramedic and in the  Control Room as a Paramedic Clinician.   Her experience includes:

                   * Pre-hospital trauma and illness care       * Person Centred Care

                   *  Care and Support Needs Assessments   * Combined Health and Social Care



    Nicola McCormick

      p/t Admin Support





Our office volunteers all live locally and provide a range of essential support functions.


Christine Sherred  

Admin Support




Moseline Daka  

Finance Support




Danny Kay  

IT and Network Support




Anthony Rock

Quality Assurance










"More play increases brain plasticity and makes for better recovery post brain injury"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Brain development is complex and prolonged. Brain plasticity is influenced by a range of factors. Plasticity provides a base for neuro-rehab therapies and treatment"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
Recolo; United Kingdom
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
Professor Bryan Kolb; Canada
"Our 10 year study proves that family-led home-based neuro-rehab interventions deliver the best outcomes for children and young people"
Lucia Braga; Brazil
"Poor parenting styles affects children's behavior; increased their learning disability; and had a negative impact on emotions; anxiety; anger management post brain injury"
Andrea Palacio-Navarro; Spain
"Pediatric neuro-rehabilitation cannot be delivered in isolation. The needs of the child have to be looked at both holistically and within the context of the family unit. Parents need to be empowered to be parents in post-acute pediatric neuro-rehabilitation following brain injury"
The Children's Trust; United Kingdom
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
Caron Gan; Canada
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
Headway; United Kingdom
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
Deborah Andrews; New Zealand

OUR MISSION: to work to remove health inequalities for children & young people affected by acquired brain injury; and provide effective support to their families that makes a real difference.

Council for Disabled Children Lottery Funded