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Brain Awareness Week :: brain awareness week 2012

brain awareness week 2012

This year, we held an information stand in the Scottish Parliament for the first time. Six member organisations provided people to staff the stand over three days. We had conversations about neurological conditions with some 58 MSPs, as well as staff, journalists, and visitors. The stand displayed a wide range of literature from our members, and we followed up with materials to help MSPs to pursue matters with their local NHS Board and media.

We even persuaded MSPs from all five parties to take part in our "Brainiest MSP" quiz – and tell us what they knew about neurological conditions in Scotland! We were able to crown Richard Simpson MSP and Jackie Baillie MSP the winners.

Jamie Hepburn MSP hosted our evening Parliamentary reception. People with a range of neurological conditions, the organisations that represent them, NHS Staff, and MSPs, heard more about the future of NHS services for neurological conditions. In addition to speakers from the Neurological Alliance off Scotland and NHS Health Improvement Scotland, there was a presentation from a graduate of the Neurological Voices programme. Gillian Bedwell gave a very vivid and moving description of her experience of living with epilepsy, which highlighted the importance of receiving an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible.

The Alliance received excellent feedback on the event from those in attendance.