New appointment for Brain Injury Foundation Chair

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Friday, February 8th, 2019

Frank Dolaghan, Chair of the Brain Injury Foundation has been appointed after a competitive selection process by the Department of Health as one of 18 carers to the Independent Expert Carers Panel which will inform the Reform of Adult Care and Support Project.

Frank pictured with his wife Aileen


He is also a member of the Southern Trust’s Carers Reference Group and of the Northern Ireland Carers Strategy Implementation Group.



The Department sought a broad range of carers who have cared for family members, friends or neighbours who have needed support because of their age, mental health or physical, sensory or learning disability.

In December 2017, the Department published the report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support, ‘Power to People: proposals to reboot adult care and support in NI’.

As the Department develops a response to Power to People, the establishment of the Independent Expert Carers Panel is another key step in the process of shaping future reform.



Adult care and support describes the activities, services and relationships that help us to live an independent, healthy, active and inclusive life. Care and support is available to adults who require assistance due to disability, vulnerability, illness, incapacity or old age, and is designed to promote independence, social inclusion, safeguarding and wellbeing.

In response to his appointment, Frank Dolaghan said, “I am obviously very honoured to have been selected for this important and very challenging position and I take it as a tribute to the pioneering work which the Brain Injury Foundation is carrying out to support carers.

“Given the current climate where PIPS and Universal Credit are both impacting very seriously on the needs of vulnerable and disabled people and their carers it is essential that carers are directly involved in decisions which affect the daily lives of those they care for and indeed on the lives of carers themselves.



“In this new role I will be drawing heavily not only on my own caring experiences but on those of my wife Aileen and the carer members of the Brain Injury Foundation and other charities with which I am in contact,” Frank added.



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