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Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research

The Lancet Neurology has just published a special issue on Traumatic Brain Injury, which opens by suggesting that the global issue of traumatic brain injury needs to be addressed.

Co-authored by Cambridge University’s Prof. David Menon the issue was launched at the EU Parliament.  This is the most authoritative recent overview of TBI – and has a range of recommendations that need to be followed up on I policy terms).

 see: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/onlineFirst

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NIHR Brain Injury HTC becomes a MedTech Co-operative

The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative has been awarded core funding of £1.25 million to continue its work to drive medtech innovation for patients after an acquired brain injury for a further 5 years (2018-2023) under the new banner of a Medtech Co-operative. The Co-operative has expertise in eleven clinical theme areas – with professional leadership as shown below – reflecting the patient pathway from initial ictus to final outcome and reintegration into the community.

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UKABIF Awards 2017

UKABIF Awards aims to highlight the work of innovative and inspiration individuals working in the sector. The awards have three categories – Lawyer of the Year, Clinician of the Year and the Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration.  Its very easy to make a nomination – you just need to complete the form and return it to UKABIF by 10th October 2017.  Make someone’s day and nominate them today!

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust wins Grant Award from the Ministry of Justice

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) have been awarded a grant of over £200,000 by the Ministry of Justice as a result of a successful tender submission. This is being undertaken by BIRT’s Forensic In-reach Brain Injury Service.

The bid was in response to a tender invitation by the Ministry of Justice “To pilot, develop and test to provide proof of concept for understanding and meeting the needs of individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in English and Welsh male prisons and Welsh approved premises”.

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Register for Healthcare Involvement and Technology Evaluation (RHITE)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) has now launched the Register for Healthcare Involvement and Technology Evaluation (RHITE).  If you have an interest in Brain Injury, either from experience or simply have a passion for improvement they would like to hear from you

The pilot roll out of the HTC patient and carer register has been encouraging, confirming that the register truly is providing a gateway amongst brain injury community – linking patients, carers and families to clinicians, researchers and technology providers. The improved registration process enables the NIHR to match activities to those participants.

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Mother and Daughter Team Run for Brain Injury Charities

Cheyenne and Bridget Taylor successfully ran three 10k races in three days this month to raise funds for three different brain injury charities. Bridget sustained a subarachnoid haemorrhage as the result of an aneurysm last May. Fortunately she has made a fantastic recovery but in recognition of being one of only a third of people that recover from a brain injury with no long term deficit the duo decided to give something back to those who care for and support people with brain injuries.

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Rehabilitation Campaign launches today

UKABIF recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Rehabilitation Campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online at http://bit.ly/2mjXKCT #Rehabilitation

In the supplement you can read motivating insight from thought leaders and learn more about the issues faced.  Let’s hope this raises awareness of the need for better rehab in the UK!

The Neurological Alliance has published a new report – Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions: meeting the emotional, cognitive and mental health needs of neurology patients

The Neurological Alliance has published a new report – Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions: meeting the emotional, cognitive and mental health needs of neurology patients -presenting new research examining current services.  The report finds that care is characterised by disjointed patient pathways, a lack of coordination of care and patchy access to specialist neurological mental health services. This new publication also gathers together patient stories from those living with a neurological condition alongside emotional, cognitive or mental health needs and examines the impact of poor care on the individuals concerned, their families and carers and the wider impact on the NHS and the resources available. The full report is now available on their web site: http://bit.ly/MH4neuro

UKABIF has teamed up with The Neurological Alliance on calls to get the recommendations from their new report looking at the mental health needs of those with neurological conditions implemented. Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions gives four headline recommendations, alongside the some actions needed to make each of them a reality:

  • Clarify commissioning responsibilities for neurology and mental health
  • Standardise NICE guidance relating to neurological conditions to address emotional, cognitive and mental health needs
  • Invest in specialists and specialist training
  • Improve access to information, care planning and coordination of care for neurology patients

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.