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Lifetime Achievement Award for UKABIF Chair

Professor Barnes received a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of neurorehabilitation this week from the brother of the Emir of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Khalifa. He said ” I was very honoured to receive this award and very grateful to the Sheikh for sparing the time to come to the conference in Abu Dhabi to present it. It was shared with the “father” of Neurorehabilitation, Prof Franz Gerstenbrand and thus it was a double honour for me.”

Mike Barnes is the Chair of UKABIF and has made huge contributions in the field of rehabilitation medicine. He is also Honorary Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation and Clinical Director of Christchurch Group.

Mike has been a Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at Newcastle University for the last 20 years. He managed the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Newcastle for 20 years and, with others, developed the centre as a focus of excellence in the North of England for the rehabilitation of people after acquired brain injury. In addition to post-acute rehabilitation facilities he developed a number of community teams that support people with brain injuries.

During his career Mike has worked in the NHS as Chief Executive, Medical Director and Clinical Director. He was a Trustee of the MS Trust for many years and founded the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation. He has been president of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and President of the Royal College of Physicians Rehabilitation Committee. In 2008 he formed his own company – Hunters Moor Neurorehabilitation Ltd – to provide neurorehab services at home. This is now part of the Christchurch group.

He is also a founding member of the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum, one of the first regional groups to be established and as such has good experience of working with UKABIF from a regional perspective. So he has had professional experience in acquired brain injury for many years and remains keen to see the further development of a wide range of services for people with acquired brain injury and their families.