Call for Evidence launched for national brain injury strategy

March 15, 2022 - by INPA - in News

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On Monday 14 March clinical professionals, brain injury survivors and campaigning organisations joined government officials and MPs at the House Of Commons for the launch of the Call for Evidence in the Government’s recently agreed Acquired Brain Injury national strategy. 

The Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan and Chris Bryant MP announced the launch of the Call for Evidence. 

Chris Bryant, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury, secured the ABI strategy at the end of 2021 and he and Gillian Keegan co-chair the ABI strategy programme board which first met earlier this year. 

Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan, said: “It is absolutely essential people living with acquired brain injury get the best possible care and treatment and that we take steps to prevent these injuries wherever possible. 

 “Together the cross-government programme board and the call for evidence will allow us to deliver a strategy to address issues that matter most to those with acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions. 

 Chris Bryant MP said: “I’m delighted that the government is starting to pull together a cross government strategy on acquired brain injury. 

 “We need people to come forward with ideas and suggestions based on their experience of brain injury as practitioners, patients or family members so we can get this strategy right. 

 “I urge everyone to take part if they think they have an insight to offer.” 

 INPA is encouraging its members to disseminate information about the Call for Evidence to colleagues and patients.

Lesley Pope, INPA Chair said: ‘As an organisation which represents providers offering a huge number of rehabilitation services we understand the importance of this strategy. The call for evidence offers people to voice their experiences and give insights which are not accessible to those who do not have a lived experience or work in the field’.

The Strategy Programme Board will hear first-hand from the people most affected to help find out what services are needed, where there may be gaps, and how the government can support services to help fill these. 

To have your say in the Call for Evidence go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/acquired-brain-injury-call-for-evidence  and complete the survey. If you require further information, contact ABIcallforevidence@dhsc.gov.uk 

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