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Mum Joins MPs Lobbying For Better Understanding Of Brain Injuries After Son’s School Battle

When 10-year-old Anson Mackay was left with a brain injury after being beaten over the head by one of his fellow primary school pupils, it was 10 months before he was well enough to return to a classroom…

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Deadline for UKABIF’s Film Award 2018 approaching!

This year’s UKABIF Film Award, sponsored by Elysium Neurological, will acknowledge, recognise and reward a short film, of no more than 30 seconds 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.

The Film Award raises awareness of Acquired Brain Injury and the need for neurorehabilitation.  A 30-second film will have social media applications so entries must be relevant, impactful, and very much to the point.  The winners will be announced at our Annual Conference on the 5thNovember 2018.

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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!

To read the Hansard report click here

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

https://www.ukabif.org.uk/campaigns/

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.


Briefing Note: GOVERNMENT DEBATE ON BRAIN INJURY 18 JUNE 2018

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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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.