The landmark event, which will take place at the etc Conference Centre in Manchester on Tuesday 20 June 2023, will showcase excellence in road victim care. The After the Crash Conference will enable those attending to learn more about the specific needs of road victims and what excellence in post-crash care looks like.
Ross Moorlock, Interim CEO at Brake said “Support for adults and children who have been bereaved or suffered catastrophic injury in a crash is an essential humanitarian response. It’s vital that decisions about road victim care are based on sound evidence, to ensure that support provided meets the needs of families facing shock and devastation, safeguards vulnerable victims and achieves wellbeing goals.
“This event is vitally important because it allows us to demonstrate how partnership working can achieve an excellence in post-crash care, whilst also showing the positive impact it has on families’ lives when care is delivered well.”
It’s vital that decisions about road victim care are based on sound evidence, to ensure that support provided meets the needs of families facing shock and devastationRoss Moorlock, Interim CEO, Brake
There are some fantastic speakers lined up for the conference including Deborah Sleightholme, chair of trustees at Brake; Meera Naran MBE, Brake trustee and bereaved road victim; Sharron Huddleston, road safety campaigner and bereaved road victim; and David Trickey, consultant clinical psychologist, UK Trauma Council.
The National Road Victim Service supports hundreds of families every year who have been bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes, and Tracey Lister, head of the service, will be speaking at the conference. Tracey will provide key insight into how Brake helps and supports those who are referred to the National Road Victim Service.
The conference is designed for every professional with an interest in supporting families after a road crash including emergency services, charities that support injured road victims or bereaved adults or children, trauma counsellors and therapists and many more. Tickets for the conference have all been allocated however there is a waiting list available here.
After the Crash Conference sponsors
The conference has five key sponsors who have helped Brake and post-crash first responders – Hodge Jones & Allen, Horwich Cohen Coghlan (HCC) Solicitors, Alderstone Solicitors, Bolt Burdon Kemp, and Slater and Gordon.
Leticia Williams, Partner, Head of Personal Injury, Hodge Jones & Allen, said: “Supporting Brake and others focused on road victim care is a very important partnership for Hodge Jones & Allen. Getting peoples’ lives back on track, after their crash, is paramount and the personal injury team are looking forward to meeting more of our front-line colleagues, and Brake’s amazing caseworkers, who work so hard to safeguard vulnerable victims.”
Martin James, Director of HCC Solicitors, said: "We are honoured to sponsor 'After the Crash' this year in our home city of Manchester. The incredible array of speakers will ensure that anyone attending the event will be informed of the latest best practice and guidance when dealing with victims who have experienced a road crash. HCC Solicitors is proud of the relationship we have with Brake and we consider its services to be essential for road crash victims in local communities across the country."
"Having professional local access to legal support at a traumatic time helps families get the physical and emotional rehabilitation they need more quickly and enables them to deal with court proceedings and insurance companies in the aftermath. As specialist lawyers, we understand the devastation and trauma caused for families as a result of a loved one being seriously injured or killed on the road. Working together with Brake and supporting After the Crash demonstrates our passion for doing everything in our power to help families who have been affected.”
Ben Pepper, Senior Associate at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: “We are proud to sponsor Brake’s After the Crash conference. As specialist serious injury lawyers, we understand the profound impact of road collisions on individuals and their families. We firmly believe in supporting initiatives that prioritise care for road victims and aim to alleviate their suffering. We are dedicated to fostering awareness, compassion, and innovative solutions to enhance the support and rehabilitation provided to those affected by such life-altering incidents. Our commitment is driven by the belief that every road victim deserves the utmost care, access to justice, and the opportunity to rebuild their lives."
Quentin Underhill, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Alderstone Solicitors, said: “There’s no question that we had to support such a crucial event because, like Brake, we’re dedicated to improving life for families after road death and injury. After The Crash is a critical opportunity to share experiences and best practice among professionals who can directly make a positive difference to grieving and injured families. We’re proud to be involved.”
Kate Nicklin, Principal Lawyer, Serious Injury at Slater and Gordon, said: “We are very excited to be working with Brake as one of their long standing legal partners as headline sponsor of the After the Crash conference. At Slater and Gordon we know too well the devastating and often tragic consequences of road deaths and serious injuries and we are committed to supporting Brake’s work to improve road safety and to supporting those who have been injured or bereaved following road collisions.”