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A new Rehabilitation Prescription (RP2019), the tool that documents the rehabilitation needs of the individual with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), is now available, with versions available for adults and children.

Commenting on RP2019, Professor Chris Moran, National Clinical Director for Trauma to NHS England, and Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital said: “Neurorehabilitation is a key component of the major trauma network; an essential part of good trauma care and good patient outcomes. Rehabilitation needs should be assessed shortly after a patient is admitted to the major trauma centre, delivered during the inpatient phase, and continued in a trauma unit or in the local community. This new RP details the neurorehabilitation needs of both children and adults, and in order to maintain the continuity of rehabilitation, a copy should be given to both the patient and/or family as well as their GP.”

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The Disabilities Trust Launches New Report: Making the Link: Female Offending and Brain Injury

The Disabilities Trust, a leading national charity, in collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, announced the results of the first study of its kind into brain injury in female offenders. The results of the study in which 64% of female offenders reported a history indicative of a brain injury, demonstrates the need for brain injury screening as a routine part of the assessment on entry to the probation services or prison, and for a support pathway that is delivered by Linkworkers.

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NABLES strengthens links with the Department for Education

The National ABI Education and Learning Syndicate (NABLES) held its second meeting with the Department for Education on 30th January 2019 to discuss how we can work with the DfE to raise awareness and recognition of Acquired Brain Injury in schools. The DfE suggested a range of communication channels for information and presentation which NABLES will follow up over the coming months.

West Kent Different Strokes support group meet MP Greg Clarke

Communication is key.  This was the conclusion of a meeting held on Friday, 1st February at Southborough Group Scout hut for the West Kent Different Strokes local peer support group.  The group was joined by MP Greg Clark who listened intently to the survivors and supporters who spoke about their first-hand experiences of Stroke Service provision and rehabilitation support at home.  Guest speaker, Kevin Humphries from tmactive, Angel Centre, Tonbridge explained how to access adapted equipment or classes to maintain health after a medical emergency.

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The latest episode of BBC Hospital depicts the issues surrounding neurorehabilitation at The Walton Centre

The latest episode of BBC Hospital depicts the issues surrounding neurorehabilitation at The Walton Centre

Tom looks physically well. He has been medically fit for two months but he too has had to remain at The Walton Centre. The 18-year-old was the driver in a car accident. Such was the force of the crash he was thrown out of the rear window sustaining significant head injuries. Tom now struggles to remember even the simplest things but doesn’t think there is anything wrong with him anymore and repeatedly tries to leave. The Walton’s consultants say they have done all they medically can and Tom now urgently needs the expertise of rehabilitation specialists if he is to recover further. There are only nine suitable cognitive rehabilitation beds available across the whole of Liverpool’s NHS system so The Walton has no choice but to turn to private rehabilitation services and seek funding for a place for Tom. It could take many more weeks to organise while Tom remains in the acute ward at The Walton.

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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

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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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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.