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Brain injury patient shares story with Lancaster nursing students

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The story of how a life changing brain injury as a teenager led to a range of challenges has been shared with nursing students at the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria.

Peter Speight sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 14 told undergraduate nursing students how he overcame the incident and subsequent blindness.

“We were privileged that Peter and Alex gave their time to share their experiences”

Alison Buckley

He was accompanied by Alex Power, an acute trauma support nurse from the charity Headway: the Brain Injury Association (North West). Mr Speight, who is now 49, and Ms Power shared their experiences of living with and supporting patients and their families following an acquired brain injury.

Alison Buckley, senior lecturer at the university’s Department of Nursing, Health and Professional Practice, organised the visit.

She said: “We were privileged that Peter and Alex gave their time to share their experiences.”

“Acquired brain injury can result in the person experiencing a number of physical, behavioural and emotional effects which can be devastating for all,” she said.

“There is a lack of public awareness of the profound and, at times, permanent effects of brain injury,” said Ms Buckley.

“It is so important that as health professionals we appreciate the important role we can play in supporting patients and their families,” she added.

Ms Power spoke candidly about the devastating impact of brain injury and the important role she plays in supporting patients and their families in the hospital setting and following discharge.

Student nurse Tracey Cooper said: “Both speakers were amazing and Peter was inspirational and I feel listening to both their stories was hugely beneficial to all students.”

University of Cumbria

Alison Buckley, Peter Speight and Alex Power

Alison Buckley, Peter Speight and Alex Power

 

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