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From BMX to brain injury: how a single punch changed a life forever

This short film explores the story of Jamie McKechnie, who was punched in an unprovoked street attack in Shortlands, south-east London, in 2011. The film was made as part of a Channel 4 documentary, One Killer Punch, which explores the dramatic repercussions of a single act of violence


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Royal Society of Medicine hosts UKABIF’s 8th Annual Conference

‘From Surviving to Thriving with Acquired Brain Injury’ was the theme of UKABIF’s Annual Conference, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London last week.

Advances in the treatment of brain injury over the past decade have resulted in increased survival, but there are long-term consequences for survivors. Speakers at this year’s Conference looked the rehabilitation challenges following the re-organisation of trauma care, the status of predicting outcomes, and discussed new approaches to rehabilitation management.

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UKABIF Awards 2016

This year’s Awards were announced at the UKABIF Conference which took place in London on 14th November 2016.

The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Clinician of the Year is Keira Stevenson, an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works at Woodlands, Christchurch Group in York.

Keira’s patients are recovering from brain injuries and neurological conditions, including stroke, and she ensures that they get the therapies they need to increase their own independence. She has developed innovative strategies for those living with fatigue following a brain injury, and she recently qualified in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), a creative process used only by a handful of trained therapists in the UK. Keira uses DMP, which involves movement of the body as an expressive instrument of a person’s communication, feelings and thoughts, so that participants can communicate in their own instinctive way. DMP is particularly useful where verbal communication is an issue.

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UKABIF Film Award Winners Announced

The winners of the first UKABIF Film Award were announced at UKABIF’s Annual Conference on Monday 14th November. There were two runners up, Jeremiah Humphreys-Piercy for his film ‘Not Your Common Girl’. This film is about Esme, she is is not your common girl – she has acquired brain injury and after prompting from her friend Riley she decides to start a YouTube Channel to raise awareness, share her story and help people understand the effects of the injury she refuses to let define her.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlmQNRhC9aI&list=PLMmtHoTsbABb6UY4agNI3_v1bPOz2KcZA&index=7

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Homelessness and Brain Injury

Delighted to see a great article about homelessness and brain injury in the Guardian recently. This was written by Steph Grant (who led the homelessness and brain injury research in Sheffield recently), Ste Weatherhead and Rebecca Forrester (both clinical psychologists in Liverpool). The article cites a short film ‘Not My First Rodeo’ which has been entered into the UKABIF Short Film Award. The winners of the award will be announced at the UKABIF Conference on 14th November 2016


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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.