Nic Dakin poses with Ann and cake

Welcome to the new monthly briefing on the Trust’s policy and campaigns work, covering our activities in August and a round-up of news and research from across the health and social care sector.

In the Trust

Parliament may have been in recess over the summer but that hasn’t stopped our engagement with MPs. Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre (GNRC) welcomed Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin (pictured) to join in with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Mr Dakin first visited GNRC in January and was a great help in the centre’s engagement with local health commissioners.

In order to continue our influencing work, the Trust submitted evidence to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s inquiry into the financial sustainability of adult social care. We expressed our concerns that not enough is being done to guarantee the wellbeing of people with disabilities who have social care needs, sharing examples from our Autism Community Houses in West Sussex. The committee’s report will be published later this year.

Two other Select Committee inquiries we had submitted evidence to reported their findings this summer. We provided research from The Disabilities Trust Foundation to the CLG inquiry into homelessness in February. We also provided a response to the Health Committee’s inquiry into adult social care in January.

Our campaigning work around suitable social care assessments for people with acquired brain injury continues to gather pace. Our free resource, the Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is now referenced in a resource for social workers produced by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWG), as well as being referenced in the Care Act statutory guidance. The next free BINI webinar takes place on Thursday 22nd September. Aimed primarily at social work and health professionals, the webinar will be of interest to all professionals who are registered to access the BINI.

Parliament will be back in session for a few weeks in early September before the party conference season starts. We can expect announcements later this month in the leadership contests in the Labour party and UKIP, following the Green Party’s announcement of a party leader jobshare between Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley. The Trust will be attending the Conservative Party Conference in early October and will provide an update afterwards. It is likely to be an eventful autumn!

In the news

Research and reports

Westminster and legislation

Health, care and support

Disability and benefits

Opinion pieces