APIL has always worked closely with various like-minded organisations in order to ensure that injured people are provided with the best advice and support. To this end, APIL has recently set-up a Consumer Panel, with the express intention of ensuring that the help it provides, meets the needs of the consumer, namely the negligently injured person looking for assistance.
The Terms of Reference for the Consumer Panel.
The Panel meets approximately every quarter and discusses issues such as APIL’s website, accreditation and consumer protection.
Members of the Panel include representatives from the following organisations:
- RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims and is an independently funded, membership organisation. Members include those who have been bereaved or injured in road crashes and also those who are concerned about road danger.
- Headway – the brain injury association is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury.
Through its network of more than 100 groups and branches across the UK, Headway provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the field.
The charity lobbies for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury, and works to raise awareness of brain injury and the devastating effects it can have.
The support available from Headway to people affected by brain injury includes:
- a freephone helpline (0808 800 2244, firstname.lastname@example.org);
- a comprehensive website containing information on all aspects of brain injury (www.headway.org.uk);
- an award-winning range of booklets and publications designed to help people understand and cope with the effects of brain injury;
- an emergency fund to assist people dealing with the financial implications in the immediate aftermath of a brain injury;
- Headway Acute Trauma Support (HATS) nurses to support families whose loved ones are in the acute stage of care following brain injury;
- a network of groups and branches that provide physical, cognitive and social rehabilitation and support to individuals and families;
- a directory of approved residential homes, rehabilitation units and respite facilities specialising in ABI.
- The Mesothelioma UK Resource Centre
Mesothelioma UK provides impartial up-to-date information relating to malignant mesothelioma for all UK mesothelioma patients and their carers and health care professionals. The centre promotes the development of specialist nursing practice and facilitates associated nurse-led research.
Mesothelioma UK has a national free phone helpline which provides access to timely, accurate and relevant advice for patients, carers and health care professionals. A broad based website is available for UK mesothelioma patients and their carers.
Mesothelioma UK works in collaboration with charities, organisations and individuals to improve relevant issues. It promotes the development of mesothelioma support groups.
- Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services. Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries, helping them move from injury to independence. Aspire’s core services include: Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.
- The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) siteis the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people.
Being a user led organisation, SIA is well placed to understand the everyday needs of living with an injury. SIA exists to meet those needs by providing key services to share information and experience and to campaign for change, ensuring each person can lead a full and active life. SIA provides lifelong support from the moment a spinal cord injury happens.
- Lay consumer / lay consumer expert member