front cover of the Brain Injury Linkworker Service brochure

In the Trust

In October we welcomed two Members of Parliament to our brain injury rehabilitation centres. Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, visited The Woodmill in Cullompton, Devon, and learned about our Show Your Brain Some Love awareness raising campaign. Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, visited Redford Court in Liverpool and heard about our outreach work with the homeless community in the city. Both MPs have offered to undertake actions on The Disabilities Trust’s behalf, raising awareness of the prevalence of brain injury and improving commissioning pathways locally.

The Justice Select Committee published their inquiry findings on young adults in the criminal justice system, urging a reform of sentencing and rehabilitation given the developing brain and the high prevalence of acquired brain injury. The report refers to an evaluation of our Linkworker project providing specialist brain injury support in prisons and YOIs published by Barrow Cadbury earlier this year. In June we responded to a consultation by NICE on the Physical health of people in prison, noting the high prevalence of acquired brain injury in prison and the physical health issues that are often a consequence of brain injury. The Committee’s final guidelines have now been released, and you can read our comments on pgs 151-156 of the response document. We are currently in the process of responding to a similar consultation run by NICE on mental health in the criminal justice system.

Later in November I will be at UKABIF’s annual conference in London, promoting our Brain Injury Needs Indicator and our BIRT services and research. I am collating managers’ views on CQC inspections in order to contribute to a VODG response to a Health Committee inquiry into CQC accountability. I am also gathering experiences of social care from our staff and people we support to share with disability charity United Response for their ‘Postcards from the edges’ campaign. If you want to have your say on either of these, do get in touch.

In the news

Disability has been in the headlines, as the Department of Work and Pensions announced a Green Paper and consultation reviewing the benefit assessment process for people unable to work due to disability with a view to narrowing the disability employment gap. The CQC’s annual report announced that cuts to adult social care funding have resulted in a “tipping point”,with the health sector struggling to address the lack of adult social care provision. Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivers the Government’s Autumn Statement on November 23rd. Last year Chancellor George Osborne announced the 2% Council Tax Precept to fund adult social care, but it looks unlikely that adult social care will receive specific attention this year.

Research and reports

Westminster and legislation

Health, care and support

Sarah Rufrancos - Policy and Campaigns Manager