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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury


The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury was launched on 28th November 2017

  • To raise awareness of ABI and seek improvements in support and services for people directly affected by ABI and also their families and carers
  • To provide a voice for those who are not always heard by Ministers and MPs
  • To be the main forum for ABI in Parliament, raising key issues across health, social care and welfare which all affect people living with ABI in the UK

The APPG also collaborates with other key APPGs to pool and disseminate knowledge.


The members are cross-party and include representation from the House of Commons and Lords. At the last AGM in February 2020 the following officers were appointed:

Chair - Chris Bryant (Labour MP for Rhondda)

Vice-Chairs -  Sir John Hayes MP, Liz Twist MP, Carolyn Harris MP, Christina Rees MP, Peter Kyle MP and Andy McDonald MP

Secretary - Scott Mann (Conservative MP for North Cornwall)

Treasurer - Lord Ramsbotham

The Secretariat is provided by UKABIF and Chris Bryant’s office.

APPG Launch Tuesday 28th November 2017

The APPG for ABI was formally launched on 28th November 2017.

The speakers at the meeting were Professor David Menon, co-author of The Lancet – Neurology’s recent commission on Traumatic Brain Injury which was launched in the European Parliament; Dr John Etherington, who previously held the NHSE post of Clinical Director for Rehabilitation and Professor Diane Playford, Chair of the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine.

The meeting was attended by a selection of MPs, Peers, Brain Injury Survivors and professionals who work in this field.

Round Table Meetings 2018

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury ran four round table meetings in 2018, which focused on the following areas:

Acquired Brain Injury - the cost to individuals and society and some solutions: Neurorehabilitation Services and the role of the Rehabilitation Prescription - 30th January 2018

Speakers: Professor Mike Barnes, Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, Hannah Farrell, James Piercy

Acquired Brain Injury and the Criminal Justice System - 27th February 2018

Speakers: Associate Professor Huw Williams, Professor Nathan Hughes, Professor Seena Fazel, Dr Ivan Pitman

Education and Acquired Brain Injury - 27th March 2018

Speakers: Dr Mark Linden, Judith James, Beth Wicks, Emily Bennett

Sport and Acquired Brain Injury - 8th May 2018

Speakers: Professor Peter Hutchinson, Dr Teena Shetty, Dr William Stewart, Dr Simon Kemp and Colin Fuller

Lobbying Reception 9th May 2018

This event provided an opportunity for brain injury survivors to meet their MPs in Parliament. The reception was attended by over 70 people including more than 30 MPs. Constituents traveled from as far as Aberdeen to meet their MP and discuss their concerns.

Parliamentary Questions

Chris Bryant, MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury has raised numerous questions about brain injury in parliament.

8th February 2018 - Chris Bryant, MP, asked the Leader of the House for a debate on Acquired Brain Injury

21st February 2018 - Chris Bryant, MP urged the Prime Minister to bring together leaders across health, social care, work and pensions, defence and justice to ensure that people with acquired brain injury receive the rehabilitation they need.

6th March 2018 - Chris Bryant, MP asked the Under-Secretary of State for Defence about instances of traumatic brain injury in the Armed Forces

Chris also spoke at a conference on Art Therapies and Acquired Brain Injury on 15th March 2018.

June 5th 2018 - Chris Bryant asked the Secretary of State for Justice about brain injury screening and rehabilitation in prisons

June 7th 2018 - Chris Bryant raises the issue of the recent concussion of Liverpool goal keeper, Loris Karius which proves how relevant an issue acquired brain injury is across sport and so many other areas of society. He also asks the leader of the house to ensure ministers from across government are present at the Acquired Brain Injury Debate on 18th June 2018.

Government Debate on Acquired Brain Injury 18th June 2018

Chris Bryant, MP and John Hayes, MP secured a debate on acquired brain injury which will took place in the House of Commons Chamber after Parliamentary Business concluded on Monday 18th June. You can find a transcript of the debate on Hansard here. NR Times also made a full report on the debate which you can find here.

APPG for Acquired Brain Injury Report Launch 10th October 2018

On 10th October 2018 the APPG launched its report Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation: Time for Change. The report is based on the recommendations made by experts during the round-table meetings. You can read the report in full by clicking here.

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UKABIF is a registered charity number 1128284 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company Number: 6520608. Address of the Company's Registered Office: Box 2539, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX