Spinal cord injured community joins together to celebrate at Rebuilding Lives Awards 2017

On Tuesday 6th June 2017, Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) hosted its fifth annual Rebuilding Lives Awards at Williams F1 Conference Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire, to recognise an array of inspiring people within the spinal cord injured community.

The Rebuilding Lives Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the spinal cord injured community, who inspire others through their work or hobbies or during their rehabilitation.

The event was hosted by Paralympian and medal winner Natasha Baker MBE, and others including SIA Vice-President and Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams OBE, Paralympians Issy Bailey and Anna Turney, actress Dona Croll and Chief Executive of GB Wheelchair Rugby David Pond. Natasha led the presentations of 12 awards to spinal cord injured people and the healthcare and law professionals who contribute to their treatment and care.

Winners during the evening included the winner of both the Paul Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Stephen Bradshaw Award for Rebuilding Lives, John Harris who was congratulated for his achievements in disability sports and for supporting other spinal cord injured people during their rehabilitation, alongside those listed below.

Torch Trophy Challenge – Pryers Solicitors LLP

Rising Star Award – Rachel Harrison

Inspirational Carer Award – Andrei Manolache

SIA Volunteer of the Year Award – Louisa Tempest

SIA Fundraiser of the Year Award – Cathy Leech

Sports and Recreation Achievement Award – Sir Phil Craven

Award for Innovation and Care – Derek Williams

Outstanding Leadership Award – Angie Wicks

Outstanding Team Award – Clinical Psychology Department, National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC)

Paul Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement – John Harris

Inspirational Achievement Award – Danny Turnbull

Stephen Bradshaw Award for Rebuilding Lives – John Harris

Sue Browning, the Chief Executive Officer of the charity said,

“The Rebuilding Lives Awards celebrate the achievements of people in the spinal cord injured community. The winners, and everyone who was shortlisted for the 2017 awards, are very deserving of the recognition that they received during the event, for their great commitment to improving the care and support to spinal cord injured people and their families. We hope that the event goes some way in thanking all of the winners and nominees, for the difference that they make to everyone around them.”

Spinal Injuries Association introduced their first awards ceremony in 2013 and thanks to its success, the event has been an annual fixture in the charity’s diary.  The shortlisted nominees are chosen from nominations received from within the spinal cord injured community, and winners selected by an independent judging panel.

To view the full list of winners and photos from the event or to find out more about Spinal Injuries Association please visit

Business Development Manager Joins Bush & Company’s Expanding Team

Bush & Company are delighted to welcome Mark Wright to it’s Customer Relationship Management Team in the role of Business Development Manager.

Prior to joining Bush & Company, Mark spent over 30 years in the legal sector as a qualified solicitor and an accredited mediator.

Mark has dealt with a number of high value catastrophic injury cases in both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

If you would like to learn more about Mark, you can visit his LinkedIn profile here.

To discuss any aspect of our service or to book a meeting, please contact Mark at

Bush & Company Launch Latest Charity Raffle.

We are pleased to announce that raffle tickets are now on sale for  our latest Raffle, in aid of the Paul Bush Foundation Trust.

With all of the proceeds donated to the Trust we’d like to ask for your support.

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust was set up in 2012 by Bush & Company to provide grant funding to individuals with acquired physical disabilities and the organisations that support them and since October 2012 has donated a total of £326,687.21.

Further information can be found here where you can also view testimonials of those that have benefited from grants awarded by the Trust.

Prizes this year include:

Traditional Afternoon Tea For Two at the Ritz, London

A Fortnum & Mason Hamper

£50 Spa Breaks Voucher

Plus a £40 Brasserie Blanc Voucher, an overnight stay at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, an evening of Greyhound racing, 2 tickets to the Walter Hayes Trophy Race, a £45 Jamie’s Italian voucher, a Love2Shop Voucher, a Segway experience for two and many more!

We would like to offer a special thank you to our prize sponsors including Q Hotels, Towcester Racecourse, Silverstone & Tesco

Raffle tickets can be purchased for yourself, family and friends by contacting Caroline Godsell on 01327 222023 or

Tickets are charged at £2 per ticket and £10 for a book of 5 tickets.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer, please get in touch for further details.

The raffle will be drawn at our annual conference Gala Dinner on Wednesday 5th July 2017 so make sure you get involved to be in with a chance of winning our fantastic prizes!

For more information about our Bush & Company Annual Conference, Back In The Game, please visit

Rehabilitation service expansion in Scotland

We are delighted to announce that the latest phase of our expansion is to offer Case Management and Rehabilitation services in Scotland.

With over 90 Case Managers throughout Great Britain we are confident we have the right consultant in the right place to manage your clients’ needs.

Our Scottish service is led by Linda Ingram, Operations Manager; based in Glasgow, who has picked out two of our Case Managers with immediate capacity to take instructions (please note Case Managers availability changes daily).


Barry Lehane – Case Manager

Barry is a registered General Nurse who has been working with individuals with neurological conditions, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and complex injuries for over 20 years. Barry has worked in a variety of specialist neurological services in the United Kingdom and Ireland [READ MORE]



Shelley Temple – Case Manager

Shelley is a Registered Nurse with a wealth of clinical and managerial experience spanning over 18 years working with both adults and children.  Shelley has demonstrated strong leadership qualities across a number of senior and managerial roles throughout her career within the NHS, the community and the independent sector [READ MORE]



If you would like to find out more about our work in Scotland or if you would like our team to visit your offices and discuss how we can help you enhance the services you offer to your seriously injured clients please email Mark Mullaney, Head of Business Development or Linda Ingram, Operations Manager.  Alternatively please call our head office on 01327 876210 to speak to a member of our team.

We look forward to working with you!


Sad News From Bush & Company Rehabilitation

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dearest friend and the Founder of our business, Paul Bush died in the early hours of this morning after a short illness.

Paul was passionate, caring and innovative and was able to inspire so many in our industry. He will be dearly missed by all of us at Bush & Company.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and for those wishing to pay their respects we will be sharing further information in due course.

Bush & Company Launches Annual Conference With Extraordinary Theme

Celebrating the extraordinary achievements of people who have overcome significant injury, Bush & Company’s third annual conference will take place on 6 July 2017 at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel.

Julie Styles-Cooper (top left), Scott Richardson (top right), Matt Hampson (bottom left) and Dr Jonathan Katz (bottom right)

As the largest and fastest growing provider of expert witness, assessment and case management services in the UK, Bush & Company Rehabilitation is bringing together inspiring speakers from the sports, bionics and robotics, advanced prosthetics and legal sectors. Sharing the latest research, development and technologies that are helping people with injuries get ‘Back in the Game’, the conference promises to be informative and inspirational, as well as a great opportunity to network with a diverse range of ‘on the ball’ experts who work within the industry.

Dr Mike England, Medical Director Community Rugby and Director of the Injured Players Foundation at the Rugby Football Union, will be kicking off the programme with the latest developments in the pitch-side management of concussion, while Consultant Psychologist Dr Jonathan Katz, the national lead for psychology with the British Paralympic Association will explain how people can regain a sense of self through para-sport.

Delegates will learn about classifications for British Paralympic swimming from Bush & Company’s case manager Julie Styles Cooper, the impact of bionics and robotics in spinal cord injury from Clinical Director of PhysioFunction, Jon Graham, and then hear the parents’ perspective from Claire Woods.

Former England rugby player Matthew ‘Hambo’ Hampson, who is a C4/5 tetraplegic as a result of an injury in 2005, will provide an inspirational start to the afternoon session, describing first-hand his battle to live as normal a life as possible, after his catastrophic sports injury on the training field. It’s a chance to hear about his decision to found the Matt Hampson Foundation and his dream to build the ground-breaking Get Busy Living Centre.

Scott Richardson from PACE prosthetics and para-triathlete Andy Lewis MBE will share the latest advances in prosthetics and their potential impact on day to day life, before concluding the conference with a provocative medico-legal debate on the impact of technological advances featuring both a defendant and claimant lawyer.

Helen Jackson, Managing Director of Bush & Company said: “Our annual conference brings our case managers, expert witnesses and legal clients together to share knowledge, best practice and experiences.  This year’s programme blends specialist research and real-life stories to shine a spotlight on the struggles and opportunities for people who suffer catastrophic injuries, helping us further improve the independent, expert service that we offer our clients. We’re grateful to our conference sponsors and pleased to welcome a diverse range of exhibitors. For the first time, we will also be hosting a Gala Dinner Dance where we’ll be raising money for the Paul Bush Foundation Trust.”

The Gala Dinner Dance will precede the conference on 5 July 2017 and features live entertainment and a charity raffle in aid of the Paul Bush Foundation Trust. The conference will be supported by exhibitors and sponsors GM CoachworksKrysalis, Innovate HealthcareKain Knight, OpeMed,  Snap CareThe London Prosthetic CentreUK Medical Diagnostics and VP Complex Care. More exhibitors will be announced over the forthcoming weeks.

Delegate places are available at and for more information about the conference as well as sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Caroline Godsell at

Four new appointments boost Bush & Company’s plans for growth

The UK’s largest and fastest growing provider of expert witness, assessment and case management services, Bush & Company, has appointed two highly experienced case managers, and two new Expert Witnesses to meet increased demand in 2017.

Registered nurse Donna Newman, based in the South East, joins Bush & Company as a case manager, bringing expertise in paediatric nursing and specific skills in medical care, acute surgical care, infectious diseases, oncology and neonatal care. Previously a Community Children’s nurse and a Lead Nurse Case Manager, Donna has extensive experience providing healthcare packages for both children and adults with a range of medium to complex needs.

Leicester-based Kayur Kotecha also joins the case management team at Bush & Company, where he will specialise in the clinical and rehabilitation case management of individuals with highly complex life-changing injuries. His experience working with individuals who have become socially excluded following multiple or complex orthopaedic, neuro-musculoskeletal and psychological injuries will be a great asset to the team. His experience of working with brain and spinal cord injured clients further expands this highly specialised team in areas for which the Company is well known.

Clinical Director Karen Burgin commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Donna and Kayur to the Bush & Company family. They share our professionalism, passion and integrity and will be key to the growth of our team as we extend the range of expertise and services we offer to meet the needs of solicitors and insurers across the UK.”

Specialising in midwifery, Nikki Khan joins Bush & Company as an expert witness. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988 and as a Registered Midwife in 1989 and currently works within the clinical setting in a busy NHS Teaching Hospital in London. She has practised extensively as a Senior Midwife in the clinical setting in the NHS and the private sector, developing wide experience throughout all aspects of obstetric care and has a special interest in FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

Nikki also worked overseas following her qualification as a Tropical Diseases Nurse in 1992 & was the Toxoplasmosis Midwife working on an advisory role within a well-known Baby Charity.  Nikki studied Law in 2000 & since 2002 has used this qualification to analyse and review obstetric cases for law firms from a Midwifery aspect. She worked with Dettol in an advisory role as their Expert Midwife when they launched their National ‘Mission for Health’ Campaign in 2011. She also co-authored the ‘My Pregnancy’ DK Book published in 2011.

Cardiff-based Neil Thomas, a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor with more than 19 years’ experience in Clinical Practice, also joins Bush & Company as an expert witness. As an advanced nurse practitioner his specialisms include acute and chronic health conditions, non-medical independent prescribing, cardiology and respiratory conditions, pain management and clinical research. In his role as lecturer at Cardiff University, he is also able to provide current, evidence-based expert advice on a wide range of nursing topics and cases.

Head of expert witness services Amey Haywood explained: “Nikki and Neil are highly experienced and respected throughout the healthcare and legal industries and bring a wealth of experience to our team. Their commitment to best practice, quality and delivering outstanding service matches our own and we’re looking forward to growing the team further in 2017.

Local Liverpool arts centre launch music project for disabled

A national acquired disability charity has teamed up with Mersey-based Valley Community Theatre to bring arts and music opportunities to young people within the community.

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust, a charity that assists those with an acquired physical disability through an accident or birth injury, is donating nearly £5,000 to the Liverpool arts charity to support a new music-based initiative.

Valley Community Theatre is a modern theatre that provides filming, recording and rehearsal space for young people aged 8 -19 years and adults with disabilities. The donation will support the running costs of its state-of-the-art ‘Soundbeam 5’ assistive music technology that will enable beneficiaries to compose, rehearse, record and produce their own music.

The initiative is the creation of Martin Ball, Director at the theatre. He said: “It’s hard to put into words just how much this donation will help the lives of our beneficiaries. We can’t thank Paul and the team enough and it’s down to their support that some of our less fortunate groups can follow their dreams to make and record their own music.

“We aim to educate, inspire, upskill and bring equality and opportunity to young people and adults with disabilities across Liverpool and the UK through the arts. From health and wellbeing, to dedicated classes, we’ve been lucky enough to add to our resources with this donation and it’s a pleasure to be a part of the charity’s network. We’ll continue to support the on-going work Bush & Company is performing to help those with serious acquired disabilities.”

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust was set up in 2012 by Paul Bush, founder of Bush & Company Rehabilitation which specialises in the assessment of individuals who have acquired severe injuries. Paul himself suffered a serious spinal cord injury in 1975. Paul built the company alongside his daughter Rachel Bush – a specialist spinal injury nurse – both are passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Bush & Company’s Managing Director, Helen Jackson added: “Our staff raise money for the Paul Bush Foundation Trust throughout the year and it’s very exciting to meet the people who will benefit from the fundraising. This innovative music project for people who have acquired a physical disability will really help to transform their quality of life and we’ll be working with Martin Ball as the project develops to offer our support and expertise.”

To find out more about Valley Community Theatre and getting involved, please visit For more information about The Paul Bush Foundation Trust and its work

Are you looking for a case manager that specialises in strokes & chronic pain?

Bush & Company are delighted to announce that Sarah Cooke has joined our award winning Case Management team with immediate effect.

Sarah studied Occupational Therapy at York St. John University in 2007  before beginning case management work in 2016.

Sarah has specialised in chronic pain, strokes, amputation, complex orthopaedic injuries, acquired brain injury, hand and upper limb injuries, spinal cord injuries and sensory impairment for adults throughout this time.aaeaaqaaaaaaaaenaaaajgrmmjliowuzltlmywitndu4ys1hmtflltk4nzu3mmm1mtc2mg

Sarah is based in York from where she can easily and efficiently commute to cover North East England.

Bush & Company now has a national network of over 163 case managers and expert witnesses specialising in catastrophic injury.  All with a minimum of 7yrs experience in their area of expertise.

To discuss an individual case or to simply find out more about the range of circumstances we can help please contact