Physio Matters’ Clinical Director, Colin Green, visited the House of Commons recently to attend a special Reception hosted by the UKABIF – the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum – to raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
The Reception took place at the Palace of Westminster in the State Rooms, and in particular discussed a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury (APPG on ABI) on ‘Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation – Time for Change’.
Chris Bryant MP, a Welsh Labour politician and Chair of APPG on ABI, addressed the Reception and the need to improve neurorehabilitation services across the UK where the number of available neurorehabilitation beds is inadequate, service provision is variable, and long-term outcomes for ABI survivors are compromised.
Critical role of neurorehabilitation
The Group’s report outlines the critical role of neurorehabilitation in the ABI care pathway and the need for Rehabilitation Prescriptions for all brain injury survivors following discharge from acute care. It calls on the Government to bring together a task force to address all the issues and recommendations connected with brain injury as matter of urgency.
Colin said: “It was a pleasure to attend such a prestigious event and hear brain injury being discussed at the very highest levels in Parliament. There is so much more that needs to be done to support brain injury survivors, which includes many of our clients. They and their families are living with the consequences of brain injury every day, and we need to find new ways to ensure that every survivor receives the treatment they need. This event helped to highlight these issues and hopefully lead to a greater recognition of the importance of neurorehabilitation.”
Established for over twenty years, UKABIF is a membership organisation and charity that aims to create awareness and promote better understanding of ABI. The organisation provides educational and professional network opportunities through annual conferences and workshops. They also often attend and exhibit at relevant Brain Injury conferences.
To access the report ‘Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation – Time for Change’ visit: https://www.ukabif.org.uk/campaigns/appg-report/