MPs from across the party political spectrum joined calls for better services and support for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) during a debate held in the House of Commons on Monday 18th June.

Led by Chris Bryant, MP for the Rhondda who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ABI, and supported by the Right Hon John Hayes MP for South Holland and the Deepings, and many others, the debate covered a range of issues including:

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  • The need for neurorehabilitation for people who have sustained brain injuries and the role of the Rehabilitation Prescription
  • The impact that the impulsivity, cognition and memory issues caused by ABI can have on offending behaviour
  • The devastating impact on the family as well as on the person with the injury
  • The difficulties experienced by people with ABI in being assessed for Personal Independence Payment and other benefits
  • The educational and clinical needs of children with ABI
  • The importance of proper sports concussion treatment

Sarah Clifford from The Disabilities Trust and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said:

"As strong supporters of this APPG, we very much welcome the Parliamentary focus on brain injury. As Chris Bryant indicated when he referred to the 'invisible epidemic of brain injury - many of the effects are hidden and can be utterly devastating.

"We know from twenty five years supporting people with brain injury how important it is for the person affected to relearn or compensate for lost skills through comprehensive rehabilitation which addresses this hidden impact.

"From our more recent work in prisons, it is clear that recognising and tackling the impulsivity, cognitive and behavioural problems often faced by people with these injuries has a major part to play in reducing reoffending"

"We very much hope the Government agrees to set up the proposed task force on brain injury."

Links to the debate can be found via www.parliament.uk

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