On October 16th, Dr Mohamed Sakel (Chair) launched the Kent & Medway Brain & Spinal cord Rehabilitation Initiative in the House of Commons. Rosie Duffield (MP, Canterbury) welcomed and opened the meeting and invited Dr Sakel to introduce the agenda and outline the key objectives of this initial gathering.
Dr Sakel, Consultant Neuorehab Physician from EKHUFT, identified the primary objectives as to develop a task force to explore ways to enhance service provision for brain injury neurorehab in our County. He showcased some innovative research projects led by Canterbury team on brain injury in British Military Veterans, Rex Bionic robotics trial in MS mobility.
During group discussion, Chris Bryant (MP, Rhondda) called for an urgent task force across Government departments to address the issues raised in the Time for Change Report (Acquired Brain Injury & Neuro-rehabilitation) recently published (September 2018). Jane from BIF outlined the need for a strategic review. UKABIF Chairman Andrew requested to consider Kent as the test-site for evaluating that National Report.
Dr Sakel thanked senior clinicians, charity leads from Headway, Epilepsy & MS Therapy Centre) & political leaders present to seize the momentum to develop clinical services in EKHUFT hospital & rest of Kent & Medway County and benchmark with other counties.