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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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International Survey on Diagnostic & Prognostic Procedures in Pediatric Patients with DOC

Sent on behalf of the Diagnosis/Prognosis subgroup of the Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group of the International Brain Injury Association.

The IBIA Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group (DoC SIG), together with the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS), would like to invite you to participate in the “International survey on diagnostic and prognostic procedures in pediatric patients with disorders of consciousness”. The survey aims to explore the diagnostic and prognostic indices routinely used by pediatric specialists and their teams to assess infants, children and adolescents with disorders of consciousness (DoC) in different countries as well as regional guidelines for same. Please participate in this survey ONLY if you are involved in the care and treatment of paediatric patients (18 years or younger) with DoC secondary to acquired brain injury.

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New Report Shows Traumatic Brain Injury is a Major Threat to Older People

A new report published by healthcare intelligence provider, Wilmington Healthcare and UKABIF shows that many hospital admissions in England for traumatic brain injury are for people over the age of 75.

The report which is based on English Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data found that 40% of hospital admissions in 2014/5 for TBI were for people aged over 75.

When classified via age groups, the data showed there were 8,999 hospital admissions for TBI for people aged over 75 in 2014/15, compared to 13,387 for all other age groups from under 15 to 65-74 in the same time period.

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Brain Injury and Homelessness: Good practice guidance for frontline services

A new report has been produced for frontline staff with information to support people experiencing homelessness who are known or are suspected to have experienced brain injury. There is information about what brain injury is, how it is caused and why people who experience homelessness may be at risk. Most importantly there is information on how to support people with, or suspected to have, brain injury and how to access specialist services. If you are in a rush and need to know what to do right now, there is also a quick checklist.

Please click this link to access the full document as a pdf.

For more information go to Homeless Link website.



New Publication: NR Times

We are really delighted to be associated with a new publication called NR Times. This is a new quarterly magazine for brain and spinal injury specialists of all professions. It aims to keep readers up to date with research, developments and advancements. If you did not receive a copy and would like one please email your address to info@ukabif.org.uk

From BMX to brain injury: how a single punch changed a life forever

This short film explores the story of Jamie McKechnie, who was punched in an unprovoked street attack in Shortlands, south-east London, in 2011. The film was made as part of a Channel 4 documentary, One Killer Punch, which explores the dramatic repercussions of a single act of violence


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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.