Chloe Hayward was pleased to be invited to speak with Ministers for Justice, Rory Stewart and Edward Argar at Westminster today alongside the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury, Chris Bryant, MP, Dr Ivan Pitman from The Disabilities Trust and Professor Nathan Hughes from the University of Sheffield. The meeting followed questions raised by Chris Bryant in the House of Commons concerning the high prevalence of brain injury in prisons and the need for better screening and training.
On 12th November UKABIF met with Minister for the Cabinet, David Lidington to request a ministerial level meeting to discuss Acquired Brain Injury. We are really pleased that he agreed and has already set the wheels in motion to make this happen. Our warmest thanks to APPG/ABI Chair, Chris Bryant for tirelessly working on behalf of all those with brain injury in Parliament. Big thanks to Professor Diane Playford, Dr Emily Bennett and Dr Ivan Pitman for attending the meeting and providing invaluable support based on clinical and academic experience
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Verity Fisher, Physiotherapy Manager at the National Star College in Ullenwood near Cheltenham, is the recipient of this year’s United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration. The Award was announced by John and Susan McAleese at UKABIF’s 10th Annual and 20th Anniversary Conference which took place this month in London.
Dr Andrew Bateman, UKABIF Chair, welcomed delegates to the organisation’s 10th Annual and 20th Anniversary Conference, held today at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Colonel Alan Mistlin, Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for Rehabilitation and Disability opened the meeting by outlining the development and future of specialised rehabilitation. “The current services are probably not what we would set up now, but there’s lots of work in progress” concluded Alan. The role of the updated Rehabilitation Prescription (RP) was discussed by Hannah Farrell, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Hannah said: “The RP is not just a tick box exercise. It should be used for every patient with rehabilitation needs and this is a major challenge going forwards”.