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Call for Evidence launched for ABI Strategy

The experiences of people living with brain injury are now being sought, to help inform the development of the strategy

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The first steps towards the creation of the long-awaited Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) strategy have been taken through the launch of the Call for Evidence. 

The move was announced by Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan, and Chris Bryant MP, chair of the APPG on ABI, who are both leading the development of the strategy. 

Both MPs co-chair the ABI strategy programme board, which first met earlier this year, and they were joined in the House of Commons by brain injury charities and organisations to announce the launch of the Call for Evidence. 

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, welcomed the launch of the Call for Evidence on Twitter, which he said was a significant step “to improve the care and support for people with acquired brain injury to inform a strategy addressing the issues that matter most”. 

The Call for Evidence survey will provide an opportunity for the strategy programme board to hear first-hand from the people most affected, to find out what services are needed, where there may be gaps, and how the Government can support services to help fill these.

Chris Bryant MP, whose ABI Bill helped secure Government approval for the creation of a strategy, 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.”

“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,” said Gillian Keegan MP. 

“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.”

The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) has played a leading role in pushing for the creation of a strategy to deliver better support to people living with brain injury, and were also thanked for their efforts by the Health Secretary in his Twitter post. 

Chloe Hayward, executive director of UKABIF, said: “We are very pleased the Government is giving acquired brain injury the attention it deserves with the ABI Strategy.

“The call for evidence will help the panel to focus and prioritise their efforts, so we need people with lived experience of brain injury – whether survivors, carers or professionals – to participate. 

“This will ensure the panel has the best available information to develop their strategy.”

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 [email protected]

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