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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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Royal Society of Medicine hosts UKABIF’s 8th Annual Conference

‘From Surviving to Thriving with Acquired Brain Injury’ was the theme of UKABIF’s Annual Conference, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London last week.

Advances in the treatment of brain injury over the past decade have resulted in increased survival, but there are long-term consequences for survivors. Speakers at this year’s Conference looked the rehabilitation challenges following the re-organisation of trauma care, the status of predicting outcomes, and discussed new approaches to rehabilitation management.

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UKABIF Awards 2016

This year’s Awards were announced at the UKABIF Conference which took place in London on 14th November 2016.

The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Clinician of the Year is Keira Stevenson, an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works at Woodlands, Christchurch Group in York.

Keira’s patients are recovering from brain injuries and neurological conditions, including stroke, and she ensures that they get the therapies they need to increase their own independence. She has developed innovative strategies for those living with fatigue following a brain injury, and she recently qualified in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), a creative process used only by a handful of trained therapists in the UK. Keira uses DMP, which involves movement of the body as an expressive instrument of a person’s communication, feelings and thoughts, so that participants can communicate in their own instinctive way. DMP is particularly useful where verbal communication is an issue.

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UKABIF Film Award Winners Announced

The winners of the first UKABIF Film Award were announced at UKABIF’s Annual Conference on Monday 14th November. There were two runners up, Jeremiah Humphreys-Piercy for his film ‘Not Your Common Girl’. This film is about Esme, she is is not your common girl – she has acquired brain injury and after prompting from her friend Riley she decides to start a YouTube Channel to raise awareness, share her story and help people understand the effects of the injury she refuses to let define her.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlmQNRhC9aI&list=PLMmtHoTsbABb6UY4agNI3_v1bPOz2KcZA&index=7

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Homelessness and Brain Injury

Delighted to see a great article about homelessness and brain injury in the Guardian recently. This was written by Steph Grant (who led the homelessness and brain injury research in Sheffield recently), Ste Weatherhead and Rebecca Forrester (both clinical psychologists in Liverpool). The article cites a short film ‘Not My First Rodeo’ which has been entered into the UKABIF Short Film Award. The winners of the award will be announced at the UKABIF Conference on 14th November 2016


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Advert for research regarding Work Capability Assessments and TBI

Work Capability Assessments:

The experiences of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
My name is Rebecca Potts and I am carrying out this project as part of a Clinical Psychology Doctorate based at Lancaster University.
I would like to invite you to take part in my research project, which involves interviewing you about your experience of the Work Capability Assessment.

The Work Capability Assessment is a checklist introduced by the government to assess whether somebody is able to work, and therefore whether they should receive disability

benefits. This study aims to gather the views of people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on what it is like to take part in a Work Capability Assessment, whether that is completing the ESA-50 form or going on to attend a face to face assessment.

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Childhood head injury linked to higher risk of adult mental illness and poorer life chances

A new paper published on 24th August by Oxford University indicates far-reaching and long term consequences of head injury.

An Oxford University-led research team, in the UK, US and Sweden, funded by Wellcome, analysed data from more than a million Swedes born between 1973 and 1985 to examine the long-term impact of having a traumatic brain injury before the age of 25.
As the data only included hospital admissions for head injury, and therefore didn’t take into account less severe accidents many children have that go unrecorded, these are likely conservative estimates of the scale of the problem.

Further information about the study is available here:

The paper, Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury in Childhood and Adolescence: A Nationwide Swedish Cohort Study of a Wide Range of Medical and Social Outcomes, is published open access in PLOS Medicine (doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002103).

Neurology and primary care

A new report published by the Neurological Alliance has found that GPs in England lack confidence in the primary care pathway for people with neurological conditions. New polling of GPs across the country shows low levels of confidence in the ability of local services and systems to manage neurology patients effectively, and widespread concern over unnecessary delays. It also suggests that GPs feel they would benefit from more support to manage people presenting with suspected neurological symptoms.

The Neurology and primary care report, available at http://bit.ly/2bfLdkh, presents the results of a survey of 1,001 regionally representative GPs from across the UK (England, n=831) and an expert workshop convened in December 2015. The report focuses primarily on England but additional UK-wide findings are included in the appendix. The report finds that:

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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.