Stephen Twigg posing outside Redford Court

In the Trust

As the new year began, concerns around provision for health and social care continued to make headlines. Our Chief Executive Irene Sobowale was a signatory along with 74 other organisations to a letter to the Prime Minister, calling for a cross-party, long-term solution to the current crisis on health and social care funding. The latest figures from NHS England show that delayed discharge, or ‘bed blocking’, rose by 42% in the past year and costs the NHS nearly £500 million. The British Red Cross claimed that A&E units in England were in the midst of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ despite the relatively mild winter, a claim strongly denied by the Government.

Within the Trust, our brain injury rehabilitation centre in Liverpool, Redford Court, welcomed local MP Stephen Twigg (pictured, right, with Michael Boardman, Service User and Family Liaison Officer at Redford Court). His visit was part of a week of high-profile visitors including the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable.

It has been an exciting month for the Trust’s Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) as we delivered a training session at a conference in London organised by BISWG (the Brain Injury Social Work Group). Similar conferences will be held in Birmingham and Manchester in February. Our next BINI webinars will take place on 28th February and 22nd March, and people who have registered for the BINI can sign up now to attend.

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Sarah Rufrancos - Policy and Campaigns Manager