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Dr Andrew Bateman – New Director Of NIHR Research Design Service East Of England

Dr Andrew Bateman, Chair of the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) since 2017, is now the new Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) East of England (EoE).  Based at the University of Essex, Andrew will combine the role with his appointment as a Reader in the School of Health and Social Care at the University.

Commenting on his appointments Andrew said: “I’m looking forward to closely liaising with RDS colleagues throughout the East of England and also with Directors of the other RDSs in England to provide a seamless and equitable service to health researchers in the region applying for peer-reviewed funding.  The School of Health and Social Care provides training to occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, psychologists and more so I’m also looking forward to supporting multidisciplinary health research at the University of Essex.”

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#TimeforChange Success for Physios

Physiotherapists Hannah Farrell and Susan Pattison successfully raised a motion to actively endorse the APPG for Acquired Brain Injury’s report: Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation: Time for Change and support its recommendations at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist’s Annual Representative Conference on 4th June 2019.

They specifically requested a high profile campaign to highlight the importance of physiotherapy throughout the brain injury pathway emphasising neurorehabilitation, sports related concussion, brain injury as a long term condition and those working in education, social services, remand centres and prisons.

They also requested an online training package to ensure that physios in all sectors have the necessary skills to complete the Rehabilitation Prescription and keep physios as primary drivers and educators at every stage of rehabilitation for acquired brain injury.

The motion was passed with 87% voting for and 13% against.

We are so proud of Hannah and Susan’s hard work and drive to get this motion passed.

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.