Sarah Rufrancos posing

In the Trust

In November I attended UKABIF’s annual conference in London with Wendy Fletcher, Service Manager at Kerwin Court, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service in Horsham, West Sussex. We had a very positive day speaking to delegates to promote the work of BIRT, and had a lot of enthusiastic feedback about BIRT’s Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI), our free resource developed for use in a social care assessment of an adult with an acquired brain injury.

Dates for our next free training webinars on the BINI and brain injury have been confirmed - these will take place in February and March 2017 and registered professionals can sign up now. I will also be presenting information about the BINI at a series of workshops on acquired brain injury aimed at social workers and jointly run by BISWG and BASW at cities across England in January and February 2017.

The Trust continued our influencing work this month with a submission to a NICE consultation into the mental health of people in the prison system. We highlighted the prevalence of acquired brain injury in prison and our research into this area, and proposed the adoption of our Brain Injury Screening Index (BISI) to help prison staff to identify a history of brain injury in prisoners. Our response to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into prison reform, which we submitted in the summer, is now available to read online. Thanks to all colleagues across the Trust who assisted in developing these responses.

In the news

Chancellor Philip Hammond recently presented the Government’s Autumn Statement. Despite the joint efforts of cross-party figures within both Houses of Parliament, senior figures in the NHS, Local Government and the third sector, no further funding was announced for the NHS or to address the growing crisis in social care. Hammond has been criticised by many in his own party for the failure to ensure additional and secured funding for the large numbers of people (including people with disabilities) who require social care.

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Westminster and legislation

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Sarah Rufrancos - Policy and Campaigns Manager