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Neurology and primary care

A new report published by the Neurological Alliance has found that GPs in England lack confidence in the primary care pathway for people with neurological conditions. New polling of GPs across the country shows low levels of confidence in the ability of local services and systems to manage neurology patients effectively, and widespread concern over unnecessary delays. It also suggests that GPs feel they would benefit from more support to manage people presenting with suspected neurological symptoms.

The Neurology and primary care report, available at http://bit.ly/2bfLdkh, presents the results of a survey of 1,001 regionally representative GPs from across the UK (England, n=831) and an expert workshop convened in December 2015. The report focuses primarily on England but additional UK-wide findings are included in the appendix. The report finds that:

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Have you had a family member or friend admitted to hospital with a traumatic brain injury?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) is delivered in partnership by Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Cambridge, and is based at Addenbrooke’s hospital.

The NIHR Brain Injury HTC is committed to ‘Patient and Carer Inspired Innovation’ to ensure that all perspectives of the care pathway are heard. A recent initiative focused on hearing from the patients directly (find link below), which highlighted the need to hear from families and friends of those who have cared for someone admitted to hospital with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

First of all, if you are a family member or friend of someone who has been admitted to hospital with TBI, the HTC asks that you kindly complete a short survey about your experience. This will give you the opportunity to tell us about your experiences, both the ups and the downs, with the choice of anonymity. The survey findings will provide the HTC with enough details to inform the next phase.

The online survey can be found here: https://addenbrookes.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/htc-family-carer-tbi

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.