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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!
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
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.
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.
Conversation support pictures for COVID-19 available in English, Dutch, Croatian, Italian, Polish. Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Welsh
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.
Note we will continue to offer additional real-time advice from government, ourselves or partners through our Facebook facebook/UKABIF and Twitter @UKABIF pages.