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‘My Head’ wins best radio programme

A Radio programme entitled ‘My Head’ broadcast last May has won the prestigious Royal Society Radio Prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast.The programme is about UKABIF’s Ambassador, James Piercy and follows the path of his acquired brain injury with James interviewing the people involved in saving his life and helping on his path to recovery. You can listen to the programme here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w3xpk. UKABIF have been working with James for several years and two years ago he was made an ambassador for the charity. Well done James – UKABIF are very proud of the work you do to raise awareness of acquired brain injury.

Team: Writer and presenter: James Piercy. Producer: Toby Murcott. My Head. Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and World Service. First broadcast 06/05/2015. You can find our more about the awards here: http://www.absw.org.uk/absw-awards/awards.html

Last few days left!!! Early bird rates for UKABIF’S 8th Annual Conference 2016 finish on 31st Of July

From Surviving to Thriving with Brain Injury

Monday 14th November 2016
The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole St, London W1G 0AE


The programme will look at the consequences of increased survival after acquired brain injury over the past decade. It will take delegates on a journey through emergency medicine and trauma care to new rehabilitation techniques dealing with the very specific long term effects of brain injury.

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New Research Calculates cost of Traumatic Brain Injury at £15 billion a year

Traumatic brain injury costs a total of £15 billion nationally every year and puts young people at higher risk of poor mental health and offending, according to research published on 12 July by Centre for Mental Health. Traumatic Brain Injury and offending: an economic analysis finds that head injuries (in which the brain is damaged by impact, such as from a fall, a road accident or violence) double a person’s risk of later mental illness. These injuries dramatically increase the risk of earlier death, and can play a significant role in increasing the risk of future offending – by up to 50% according to some studies. The report is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which also supported an evaluation of the Disabilities Trust’s brain injury linkworker service at a young offender institution as part of its Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme.

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UKABIF encourages brain injury survivors to participate in patient experience survey

The Neurological Alliance has launched its second neurological patient experience survey. The survey aims to collect vital information about the experiences of care received by people affected by neurological conditions and help us to understand how much progress has been made in improving neurological services. The survey is open until September 30th and the Alliance welcomes responses from anyone with a neurological condition living in England. They will be using the survey findings to feed into a report early next year. The report will set out a comprehensive picture of what is happening in relation to neurological services and make recommendations about how care can be improved. This is without doubt a timely and exciting opportunity for the neurological community.

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UKABIF welcomes enquiries from the media. We are able to provide information about all aspects of acquired brain injury as well as experts in the field to talk about topical issues. Please call 0845 6080788 or 07903887655.