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UKABIF meets Ministers of Justice to discuss brain injury

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.

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UKABIF meets Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington at Whitehall to discuss ‘Time For Change’

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

#braininjury #acquiredbraininjury #rehabilitation #APPG #ChrisBryant #DavidLidington #Whitehall #Government #UKABIF #TimeForChange

UKABIF 10th Annual Conference 2018 – Meeting Overview

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”.

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Is Anna Ok?

Is Anna Ok? is an innovative piece that explores the aftermath of trauma, including the ways relationships must change and adapt. Despite its heavy subject matter, the piece is hopeful and poignant, focusing first and foremost on the bond between its twin protagonists, and never letting the user abandon hope about their situation.

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Time For Change – APPG On ABI Launch Report On Acquired Brain Injury And Neurorehabilitation

“Acquired Brain Injury is an invisible epidemic, and we need to ensure that the neurorehabilitation services required following a brain injury are ‘fit for purpose’ throughout the UK” said Chris Bryant MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury (APPG on ABI) speaking today in London at the launch of a report ‘Time for Change: Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation’.

Brain Injury Survivors, charities, clinicians, campaigners, academics and MPs attended the launch of the report, where a short film was played showing the cause and effect of acquired brain injuries.

Cause and Effect Short Film

There are more than 1.3 million people living with the effects of brain injury at a cost to the UK economy of £15 billion per annum or 10% of the National Health Service (NHS) budget.  The excellent advances in emergency and acute medicine mean that many more children, young people and adults now survive with an ABI, however, many of these individuals require early and continued access to neurorehabilitation to optimise all aspects of their physical, cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial recovery, and to maximise their long-term potential.

Neurorehabilitation is one of the most cost-effective interventions available on the NHS, but there are large variations in the provision and access to neurorehabilitation services across the UK.

The report outlines the critical role of neurorehabilitation in the ABI care pathway, and the need for Rehabilitation Prescriptions for all brain injury survivors following discharge from acute care so they know what neurorehabilitation they need.  The report reviews the implications for children and young people with ABI when most of their neurorehabilitation takes place in the education system. The high incidence of ABI amongst offenders is discussed, as is the impact of neurorehabilitation on behavioural change and reoffending.  The current issues in sport-related concussion are outlined as well as the need for an improved welfare system that is easily accessible.

The report summarises the key issues and makes several recommendations.  Chris Bryant concluded: “ABI impacts on many government departments so a task force is required to address the issues and recommendations as a matter of urgency. The APPG on ABI intends to unite all the departments involved in order to drive change for brain injury survivors”.

Copies of the report can be obtained from: www.ukabif.org.uk/campaigns/appg-report


Decision-making and mental capacity

New Guidance on Decision – making and mental Capacity has been published today (3rd October 2018) by the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE).

Jackie Burt, Chair of the BISWG and Case Manager at West Country Case Management, Jackie Dean of N-Able Case Management and Mark Holloway, of HeadFirst have been part of a working group which has developed and finalised the guidance. There are two aspects that are of most relevance to those working with clients who have any acquired brain injury.

  1. The recommendation that IMCA’s who deal with individuals affected by brain injury should have specific expertise about the condition
  2. That executive impairment is not well assessed by a straightforward structured question and answer format, that real world observation is required.

The resources and guidance are available on the following pages. Guideline webpage: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng108. Resource page: http://indepth.nice.org.uk/decision-making-resource/index.html


Teachers should be trained to spot concussion in kids, say MPs as they launch acquired brain injury report

Teachers should be trained to spot brain injuries and concussions in children, MPs demand today. Helping them uncover clues as to pupils carrying potentially-serious head injuries is among measures aimed at saving the NHS £5billion a year. Others include screening all prisoners for brain injuries when they are jailed. One patient suffering a brain injury is admitted to hospital every 90 seconds.

And Westminster’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury hopes to improve care as it publishes its Time for Change report, backed by about 40 MPs.

#acquiredbraininjury #rehabilitation #APPG #ChrisBryant #Crime #PublicFinances #Cost #UKABIF #TimeForChange

To read more click on the following link: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/teachers-should-trained-spot-concussion-13388942

Exclusive: Single protocol needed to treat brain injuries in sport, urges report

The Government has been urged to “step up” and unify critical concussion protocol across sports after an alarming parliamentary report found that schools, colleges, ­universities and even healthcare ­professionals lack understanding of sports-related brain injuries.

#acquiredbraininjury #rehabilitation #APPG #ChrisBryant #Crime #PublicFinances #Cost #UKABIF #TimeForChange

To read more click on the following link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2018/10/09/exclusive-single-protocol-needed-treat-brain-injuries-sport/

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.