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In the Trust

The news this week has been dominated by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. David Cameron’s resignation has led to a leadership contest within the Conservative party and a new Prime Minister is expected to be in post in early September. Negotiations to exit the EU are unlikely to start before the end of the year, and the process of leaving the EU may take up to two years. Until the United Kingdom has legally left the EU the rights of the Trust’s EU national staff and people we support will not be affected. The Trust will continue to monitor political developments as they occur.

BBC News has produced a helpful Q&A on the outcome of the referendum, covering areas such as freedom of movement, an explanation on the single market, and an overview of the Conservative leadership contest. The King’s Fund has considered five areas of health and social care that may be impacted by exiting the EU including rights to medical treatment abroad and cross-border co-operation. NCVO have analysed potential impact on the voluntary sector, including changes to regulation and funding challenges.

Within the Trust it has been a busy few weeks for the Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI). I was invited to speak about the BINI at the annual BISWG (Brain Injury Social Work Group) conference in Manchester. We have confirmed dates for the next in our series of free training webinars – registered BINI users can sign up now.

We are also asking people who have registered for the BINI to complete our two-minute survey – they don’t have to have started using the BINI to complete the survey. The survey will be open until Friday 8th July and will be used to inform our future work on the BINI including expanding our training programme.

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Of interest

Consultations

The Trust responded to NICE’s Consultation into Physical health of people in prison. Our submission outlined the many physical complications that may be associated with acquired brain injury, the importance of proper assessment for a history of traumatic brain injury at the point of entry to prison, and the need to ensure adjustments are made during the time someone is in prison. Thanks to Dr Ivan Pitman for all of his help. If you would like to read our submission do get in touch.