Instead of sending our stakeholders a Christmas card, this year we’ve made a £200 donation to the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum, known as UKABIF. UKABIF is a membership organisation that believes that by bringing together all parties with an interest in acquired brain injury, the sector has a stronger voice.
Recently, UKABIF achieved enormous success after a long campaign to support Chris Bryant MP with his Acquired Brain Injury Private Members Bill. The Bill, which aimed make provision about meeting the needs of adults and children with an acquired brain injury; and for connected purposes, had its first reading on 16th June 2021. On 3rd December 2021, in the week Chris Bryant was due to have the second reading of his Bill, the Government agreed it will create a Panel Board early in 2022 to implement a cross departmental strategy for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Chris Bryant and Gillian Keegan Minister of State for Care and Mental Health will co-chair the programme board which will begin by launching a call for evidence in early 2022.
Chloe Hayward, Executive Director of UKABIF, said:
“The Government’s announcement that they will be implementing a full ABI strategy is hugely welcome news. We have worked tirelessly to back Chris and his Bill as we are acutely aware of how much it is needed and what a difference it will make to better supporting people with an acquired brain injury.
On behalf of UKABIF, I’d like to thank NRC Medical Experts for their kind support for our work.”
We hope our donation will go some way to furthering the fantastic work of UKABIF in 2022.