The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability and Thompsons Solicitors will be hosting a seminar on the Welfare Reform Updates, focusing on how benefits are being affected, how to claim new benefits and the appeals process.

The seminar is aimed at health and safety care professionals, those providing welfare benefits advice and those in the voluntary sector providing services to people with a physical, cognitive or mental health need, including those with a brain injury.

Thompsons will be holding two regional seminars; one at its Newcastle office (Thursday 03 July 2014) and one at its London office (Wednesday 09 July).

The programme for the day is:

10.00am – 10.15am
Registration and refreshments
10.15am – 10.20am Welcome and introduction from Patti Simonson – social care advisor and project lead, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

10.20am – 10.30am Welcome from Chair, Paul Brown - senior serious injury solicitor, Thompsons Solicitors
10.30am – 12.00pm
DWP Welfare Reform and Benefits Update - Eileen Billett (Newcastle) / Kam Patel (London), partnership support managers, Department for Work and Pensions
12.00pm – 1.00pm Welfare Benefits: how to complete ESA 50 questionnaires and PIP 2 application forms – Anne-Marie Sherwood, benefits and welfare administrator, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm – 2.30pm Vocational rehabilitation and work programmes – Alister Berry, consultant neuropsychologist, Momentum North East
2.30pm – 3.00pm Is it really that simple to conduct an appeal? An outline of how the welfare benefits appeal process operates - Paul Sandford, welfare rights trainer
3.00pm – 3.30pm Case study work and group preparation
3.30pm – 3.55pm Report back session and questions
3.55pm – 4.00pm Closing remarks – Patti Simonson, social care advisor and project lead, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

The cost of the seminar is £50 with all proceeds going to The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Please click here to download a booking form for 'The New Welfare Reform & Benefits Updates' seminar.