Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Guide 

Advice and information on coronavirus is changing all the time. This page will be updated as often as possible to maintain current and accurate advice.

Many of our members, including people with acquired brain injuries, their families and professionals are concerned about the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact. 

UKABIF aims to offer information and support in the following ways:

We will continue to advocate on behalf of people affected by an acquired brain injury in relation to ensuring proper care while managing the impact of coronavirus. We will also refer and link people to other services, charities and advice as needed.



UKABIF has contacted the Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer to request that people with an acquired brain injury are considered to be in a high-risk ‘vulnerable’ category under neurological conditions as mentioned in the Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults .

This would mean that the NHS will respond to ABI people as ‘a high risk category’ in relation to the Coronavirus and its likely impact and all advice and support through 111 and 999 will be treated as a priority case.  


Information for people with acquired brain injuries

UKABIF Film Award winner Anne Johnston has made a film for brain injury survivors on how to survive self isolation during COVID-19 lockdown.

Anne says, ‘Here are 9 tips so you can learn how to survive self-isolation during coronavirus. As a brain injury warrior, self-isolation has been a big part of my life for 2 years. I hope these tips help you while we're social distancing.’


Ipek Tugcu from Bolt Burdon and Kemp has produced a series of tips for people with acquired brain injury on how to get through confinement. It includes time management, games and exercises. 

Krysalis Consultancy has develop a page with over 200 activities for brain injury survivors and their families!

Headway Helpline
Headway’s helpline is open to anyone who requires support or information about brain injury. The team cannot answer medical questions about the virus and won’t be able to offer advice on any symptoms related to it, but they can offer reassurance and a friendly voice.
Contact the helpline by calling 0808 800 2244 or emailing

Many regional Headway groups and branches are working in new ways to maintain contact with local brain injury survivors. Check individual group pages for details.

Headway Preston and Chorley
Headway Preston and Chorley have launched a really great service to keep in touch with clients whilst face to face They are offering regular weekly telephone friendship calls. Calls will last approx. 5 – 15 minutes and will be arranged on the same day and time each week. This is to fill the gap and lessen the chances of people feeling isolated and lonely.

The Child Brain Injury Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust has launched virtual brain injury support service for families. The support on offer includes assessment, benefits and funding, parental and sibling support, educational information, legal support and further signposting.


SameYou are posting daily ‘Pockets of Calm’ on their social media channels.  These are posts with tips and stories to help people through this time. SameYou want to share the positive actions that you can take right now and showcase the kindness that still exists in crises.

SameYou has launched an Emergency Response Campaign for Brain injury and Stroke Patients. Working with partners, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and UCL in England, SameYou are fundraising to provide new virtual rehabilitation clinics for brain injury and stroke patients, during COVID-19. See



A free follow along workout for people with reduced mobility from Emma Thompson, Physiotherapist from Addenbrookes Hospital


Information for clinicians and other professionals

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has produced a large resource of information, which includes clinical guidance, remote solutions to physiotherapy delivery and government and regulatory advice.

British Psychological Society

The BPS has produced resources which include talking to children about illness, how to plan video consultations and a series of links to external resources including the NHS, WHO and Public Health England.

British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine

The BSRM has produced a document for Rehabilitation Consultants

The BSRM published a document called 'Rehabilitation in the wake of Covid-19' on 27th April, which sets out how rehabilitation services can be re-established as we move out of the acute phase of the pandemic.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) has a really useful list of links for practitioners and employers on a variety of topics.

UKABIF member, Krysalis Consultancy, has a page devoted to self employed Occupational Therapists and financial support and another for providing remote neuro OT.

Speech Therapy

Conversation support pictures for COVID-19 available in English, Dutch, Croatian, Italian, Polish. Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Welsh

Pink Concussions

This organisation has several facebook support groups for women and teenage girls as well as specialist groups for carers, female veterans, health care professionals and others.

Links to Government and NHS Resources

UK Government Guidelines


NHS Guidelines for the public


NHS Guidelines for Clinicians


Public Health England Guidelines


WHO – Mental Health Considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak


Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person

If you have a medical condition, which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), register and tell us whether or not you need support.

You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or hospital clinician. If this has not happened by Monday 30 March, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.

It may take time for any support offered through this service to arrive. Wherever possible you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you meet your needs.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.


Latest Advice

Note we will continue to offer additional real-time advice from government, ourselves or partners through our Facebook facebook/UKABIF and Twitter @UKABIF pages.


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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