Paul Brown, Trustee, and Sharon Carr-Brown, Policy Officer attended the Rehabilitation stream of 'Trauma Care' earlier this week. The conference attracts a spectrum of distinguished speakers from all specialities and professions and this year 400 delegates attended the multi-day event. We were delighted that Paul had the opportunity to present a summary of UKABIF's lobbying work and updated attendees on the Time for Change Report.
The morning speeches focused on Rehabilitation Prescriptions (RPs), championed by UKABIF and re-launched last year by Professor Chris Moran, in his role as the National Clinical Director for Major Trauma.
Professor Moran's keynote speech outlined the progress made with RPs and the challenges that remain. Chief among the positives were the data the RPs are generating, which he referred to as a "gold mine" that would help identify to government that rehabilitation is needed and lacking.
On the downside RPs do not seem to be used as intended. To prescribe what is needed or what is there, is the great dilemma. Dr Krystyna Walton, President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Salford Royal Hospital, gave us The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of RPs, saying that "clinical reasoning can be overly influenced by availability". We also learned that they will not be extended to Trauma Units this year as planned.
The conclusion from the session was that a great deal of progress has been made but there's still a long way to go. However, rehabilitation is gaining in profile and importance and the commissioning parts of the NHS are aware of the need and the possibilities.
UKABIF will continue to promote neurorehabilitation and acquired brain injury in parliament and in our discussions with NHSE, CCGs and other influential bodies.
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