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Acquired Brain Injury Debate takes place in Parliament

The government debate on acquired brain injury (ABI) took place at the House of Commons on Monday 18 June, it was jointly called by MPs Chris Bryant and John Hayes, who is himself a brain injury survivor.

The house heard impassioned speeches from MPs from all parties expressing their support for the issues associated with ABI as well as retelling heart-breaking experiences – many of them personal and others from their constituents. There were pleas for more co-ordinated health and social care, wider use of rehabilitation prescriptions and benefit assessments to make the system fairer for everyone as well as mandatory training for educators.

The overall message was clear  – brain injury is an invisible epidemic in urgent need of political action to address the variation in care and support for those dealing with the impact of ABI.  This covers treatment, support. welfare and education as well as criminal offending.

A co-ordinated taskforce was proposed to deal with the impact of this crisis, as a tangible way forward to resolving the issues raised by the debate.  We are grateful to all the MPs involved, as well as everyone calling on their political representatives to attend.

This is clearly a watershed moment for efforts to secure more support at every level for those affected by ABI and to provide a focus for increased funding and research.

UKABIF is continuing its work with the APPG for ABI and we intend to push the topic higher up the political agenda. Watch this space!

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To view the footage of the full debate please click on the link below and select the ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY tab


Government Debate on Acquired Brain Injury 18th June 2018

Chris Bryant, MP and John Hayes, MP have secured a debate on acquired brain injury which will take place in the House of Commons Chamber after Parliamentary Business concludes on Monday 18th June. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of acquired brain injury in parliament and we keen to ensure the event is well attended.

Please invite your MP to attend and speak at this event! You can tell them your own story of why closer attention needs to be paid to this matter and/or use our briefing note below. Members of the public are not permitted to access the Chamber to attend this event but you can view the proceedings on parliamentary TV. It will also be recorded on Hansard.


Brain Injury Lobbying Reception 9th Of May 2018

The Brain Injury Lobbying Reception hosted by Chris Bryant, MP in Parliament in 9th May was an incredible success. Over thirty MPs came by to meet constituents and discuss their issues with Rehabilitation, community services, benefits and funding.

Brain Injury survivors, families and support groups had travelled from as far as Aberdeen, Wearside and Cornwall and numbered over seventy. Representatives from UKABIF, the Child Brain Injury Trust, BABICM and Headway UK attended as well as many regional Headway groups including Wearside, East London, West London, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire and East Sussex.

Chris Bryant gave a moving introduction highlighting the need for more Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine, more widespread and consistent use of the Rehabilitation Prescription and better awareness of the issues in parliament, across healthcare and in the general public. He also informed the audience that the APPG for ABI were producing a report which would be used to draw together the Ministries of Health, Education, Defence and Justice as well as the Department of Work and Pensions into a conference about Brain Injury.

UKABIF would like to thank Chris Bryant for his energy and passion in relation to this cause, the Brain Injury survivors, carers, professionals and charities who travelled to the event and to the MPs for attending.

UKABIF Film Award 2018 now open

The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Film Award 2018, sponsored by Elysium Neurological, is now open for entries from everyone that has an interest, or experience, in Acquired Brain Injury.

This year’s UKABIF Film Award will acknowledge, recognise and reward a short film, of no more than 30 seconds duration that enhances the understanding of Acquired Brain Injury. It can focus on neurorehabilitation in hospital, and/or in the community, and/or in school, and/or in prison or in connection with sport.

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UKABIF Film Award 2018 Now Open For Entries

The UKABIF Film Award 2018, sponsored by Elysium Neurological, is now open for entries from everyone that has an interest, or experience, in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

This year’s UKABIF Film Award will acknowledge, recognise and reward a short film, of no more than 30 seconds duration that enhances the understanding of ABI.  UKABIF is inviting submissions that mirror its key priorities that are being discussed by the All Party Parliamentary Group on ABI i.e. neurorehabilitation in hospital and/or in the community, or about brain injury in the context of school, prison or sport.

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Chris Bryant, MP raises question about rehabilitation services for people with brain injury at Prime Minister’s Questions

The Chair of the All Party Group for Acquired Brain Injury, Chris Bryant, MP urged the Prime Minister to bring together leaders across health, social care, work and pensions, defence and justice to ensure that people with acquired brain injury receive the rehabilitation they need at Prime Ministers Questions today (21st February 2018). Mr Bryant stated that whilst the Major Trauma Plan was saving hundred of lives each year those people were not being given the best chance due to lack of rehabilitation services. He stated that half of the Major Trauma Centres do not have a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine. The Prime Minister , Theresa May, recognised the importance of the question raised and referred to the Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt.

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All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury hold first roundtable meeting

At the end of last year, UKABIF helped launch an All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury, along with Chris Bryant MP who will serve as chair.

Members include five vice-chairs: Carolyn Harris, Chris Evans, Paul Flynn, Stephen Hammond, and Kevin Baron; the treasurer is Lord Ramsbotham.

We have set this APPG up to raise awareness of ABI and seek improvements in support and services for people directly affected by ABI and also their families and carers, to provide a voice for those who are not always heard by Ministers and MPs, and to be the main forum for ABI in Parliament, raising key issues across health, social care and welfare which all affect people living with ABI in the UK.

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All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury Launch Meeting

The first All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury Launch Meeting took place on the 28th November and was well attended by MPs, peers and the brain injury community.

After a warm welcome from the APPG Chair Chris Bryant MP important discussions took place on topics including an overview of Acquired Brain Injury and rehabilitation services (Presentation from Professor Diane Playford), rehabilitation for economic growth (Presentation from Colonel John Etherington), and the global impact of TBI (Presentation from Professor David Menon)

Full details on each talk can be found below.

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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.