UKABIF central figure in Community Rehabilitation Alliance
31 May 2020
Posted by: Chloe Hayward
UKABIF is working with key organisations in the rehabilitation sector to press the government to focus on rehabilitation. The umbrella organisation, now called the Community Rehabilitation Alliance, includes more than twenty a organisations including The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal Colleges of Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy, the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Sue Ryder Care.
The vision of the alliance is that everyone has the right to access good quality, person-centred rehab in their community, recognising that work on community rehabilitation is needed now more than ever, with an anticipated tidal wave of patients requiring quality community rehabilitation to cope with life post COVID.
Aims of the CRA
· To ensure everyone realises their right to rehabilitation.
· To embrace opportunities where relevant to work collectively to campaign for this.
· To use our collective evidence and models of excellence to influence decisions that bring about this change.
· To align the messages and calls to action on improving access to quality rehabilitation, using our existing plans and campaigns to increase our collective impact.
· To endorse the quality rehabilitation principles of access, integration and being person centred, as a guide to service development.
UKABIF has a strong presence in the Alliance with several trustees including Dr Andrew Bateman and Dr Mike Dilley representing their respective employers. UKABIF’s Executive Director, Chloë Hayward has also been confirmed as a co-chair of the group.
The group produced a joint response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s (HSCSC) Inquiry: Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond. A copy of the response is available here. The HSCSC met virtually to review submissions to the inquiry on 14th May but no feedback has been received as yet. The Alliance will continue to meet on a monthly basis.