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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

Services failed man with brain injury who took his own life, finds serious case review

A man with brain injuries who took his own life did not receive proper support from health and social care services, a serious case review has found.

Forty-three-year-old Tom, who had sustained a brain injury in a car crash more than 20 years previously, was discovered dead at his Somerset home in June 2014. Since his accident he developed longstanding mobility, mental health and substance misuse problems. More recently he had been financially exploited.

Although Tom’s family requested help on numerous occasions the SCR notes that services consistently failed to take into account or assess his mental capacity, were not integrated and that no one took overall responsibility.

Many working in the field of acquired brain injury believe that if Tom had received proper clinical brain injury case management and had a robust approach to his mental capacity and rehabilitation needs he may well be alive and may well be in a far better place than he was left in for years.

The full review can be found by following this link


HMPPS Announces grant to develop Brain Injury Services in Male Prisons

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) recently announced four new funds designed to encourage voluntary organisations ‘to pilot, develop and test to provide a proof of concept’ in different areas. In this round the funds are looking at violence amongst young black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in prison as well as resettlement for BAME people back into the community, services for people with learning disabilities and autism, and better understanding the needs of people with Acquired Brain Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury.

HMPPS are looking at a project which will develop understanding and meet the needs of individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in English and Welsh male prisons and Welsh approved premises A grant of £203,000 is available  – link to Contracts Finder. The closing date is 8th June.

Unmissable!! UKABIF’s 9th Annual Conference 2017 >>>> Monday 13th November <<<< Get early bird rates now!

“Navigating the future for brain injury survivors: health, rehabilitation and beyond”


10.00 Welcome from the Chair – Professor Mike Barnes

10.15 – 11.00 Cognitive enhancers and functional MRI in traumatic brain injury
Emmanuel A Stamatakis PhD
Division of Anaesthesia, University Of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge

11.00 – 11.45 Using Technology to Monitor Rehabilitation
Professor Helen Dawes.
Elizabeth Casson, Trust Chair, Deputy Director, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research (OxINAHR)
Movement Science Group, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University
Associate Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford
Honorary Professor, Cardiff University

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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.