July 2012: Brett Smith


Brett Smith

Back Up has been working together with our colleagues at Aspire and the Spinal Injuries Association.  Together, we want to make sure that we understand the changing needs of people affected by spinal cord injury, and make sure that we are working effectively to meet those needs.

We wanted to better understand published research into spinal cord injury and quality of life.  When we advertised a volunteer opportunity to help us with an academic literature review, we never dreamed that we’d be able to secure the help of a professional researcher, even less one with so much relevant experience as Brett. Brett said, “I work at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University, and part of our remit is to do research with people with spinal cord injury. This was the opportunity to give something back, and our skill is research.”

Stef, Head of Services at Back Up, said; “Brett not only carried out a very thorough review of the literature, with recommendations, but he recruited a whole team to help and he took leave from his research job to carry out the research for us in his own time, working daytimes, evenings and weekends.  We cannot thank Brett, and all his colleagues enough for all their time and effort and the very thorough, high quality work.  We will be working together to assess the implications for our work and our services for people with spinal cord injury.”