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Annual UKABIF Awards 2017

The annual UKABIF awards were presented at the 9th Annual Conference which took place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on 13th November

The UKABIF Award for Clinician of the Year was presented to Vicky Richards, Case Manager and co founder of Case Management Cymru

Vicky Richards has many years of experience working with people with brain injury. She headed up the rehabilitation team at Rookwood for many years and is now a case manager. Vicky has a real empathy for her patients and her relaxed and confident demeanour enables her to gain the trust of her patients. Vicky makes her co -workers feel valued and quietly gets on with her tasks with the patient’s best interest always at the heart of her goals, She listens to everyone and takes on board the opinions of carers to consultants, but with the patient’s wishes always first and foremost.

She is a dedicated member of Headway Cardiff and gives up her spare time freely to actively support her local members.

Vicky brings calm where there is chaos and within the world of Brain Injury Rehabilitation this is a priceless gift.


The UKABIF Lawyer of the Year 2017 was awarded to 
Mark Hollinghurst of Switalskis Solicitors.

Mark has had a long career in complex personal injury helping the most seriously injured individuals through a highly personal legal service. He has a small dedicated team and has pursued many six and seven figure claims.

Outside of his day job Mark co founded Headway Yorkshire East Coast and remains their Chair. He was former Chair of Headway York and also established and Chaired the UKABIF Regional Group in Yorkshire for many years.

Mark makes himself accessible to his clients and their families at all times and admires the bravery of his clients in the face of adversity.

The Stephen McAleese Award for Inspiration was awarded to Zoe Binnie.

In 2015 Zoe fell off of her bike and suffered a brain injury, her recovery was medically complicated and these were testing times for her and her husband. Like many people, Zoe was discharged with no community rehabilitation, no useful information and no support in place. Zoe was well supported by her husband, colleagues and friends and she has, over time, done incredibly well.

Zoe and her husband decided that they wanted to do something to highlight the benefits of cycle helmet use. They developed Strike: The Helmet Project, which culminated in an art exhibition and auction where 27 artists were asked to decorate a cycle helmet. Boy George attended the event and bought a work of art that was created by Grayson Perry.

There was a lot of great publicity generated and Photographs of the work appeared in the Guardian newspaper and across a number of cycling and art related media, always with reference to brain injury and to Headway, the beneficiary charity.

Zoe has chosen to use her unique skills and contacts to support others. Her contribution is both in the field of raising awareness of brain injury and, very importantly, in the promotion of cycle safety. If cyclists can see their headgear as artwork, as a statement about them and their aesthetic sensibilities, then their use may become more normalised and accepted; that is vital work.

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.

  • Prevention and Pre- Hospital Care (Prof. Mark Wilson, Imperial College London),
  • Neurocritical Care (Prof. David Menon),
  • Multi-Modality Monitoring (Prof. Peter Hutchinson),
  • Intracranial Dynamics and Shunt Technology (Prof. Marek Czosnyka),
  • Functional Neuroimaging/Neurophysiology (Prof. Franklin Aigbirhio),
  • Neuro-oncology (Dr. Stephen Price),
  • Paediatrics and Neuro Development (Prof. David Rowitch and Dr. Topun Austin),
  • Regenerative Neuroscience (Dr. Mark Kotter),
  • Neurorehabilitation (Prof. Valerie Pomeroy, University of East Anglia),
  • Cognition and Mental Health (Prof. Barbara Sahakian),
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Dr. Andrew Bateman, Oliver Zangwill Centre)

These themes are underpinned by four core support activities:

  • Patient and Public Involvement (Prof. Christi Deaton);
  • MedTech Regulation and Evaluation (Dr. Peter Jarritt);
  • Clinical Informatics and Registries (Dr. Alexis Joannides);
  • Health Economics and Eco-system Modelling (Prof. Alonso Pena, University of Milan)

The MedTech Co-operative has a UK wide remit and will work with patients and public, NHS organisations and universities, including other MedTech and In vitro Diagnostic Co-operative (MICs), research councils, charities, industry, including SMEs and start-ups to provide a structured and systematic approach to find areas of unmet need that might be amenable to a technology-based innovation, facilitate the generation of innovative solutions and foster the translation of viable solutions from initial concept to successful market adoption and sustainable clinical impact.

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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.