PREVIEW: 5th Annual UKABIF Conference

Conference details: 21st November 2013, London, UK.

London’s new headquarters for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) at 30 Euston Square will be the venue for the 5th Annual United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) Conference on the 21st November 2013. The state-of-the-art conference facility, adjacent to Euston Station, will host speakers from the medical and legal world presenting on topics such as the impact of commissioning, the rehabilitation service post- code lottery, sports-related acquired brain injury and post-injury adjustment of mood and emotion.

The meeting will be of interest to a diverse target audience from doctors in primary and secondary care, all members of the rehabilita- tion multidisciplinary team, case managers, personal injury lawyers, social care workers, voluntary organisations and care providers.

Dr David Paynton, National Clinical Lead at the RCGP Centre for Commissioning will discuss the implications of commissioning neurorehabilitation services eight months into the financial year. He will be reviewing the risks and opportunities for primary care, the demographic pressures and how the community teams are integrated. Alison Eddy, Partner at Irwin Mitchell,the personal injury law and rehabilitation specialists,will present the company’s recently published research highlighting the fact that annually more than 13,000 of the most seriously injured road collision victims face a rehabilitation postcode lottery (see feature in this issue of ACNR).

A section of the award winning documentary film ‘Head Games’ will be screened and Dr Richard Hardie, a Consultant Neurologist at North Bristol NHS Trust with a special interest in sport concussion will look at the issues surrounding sports-related acquired brain injury. Following a presentation from an individual with an acquired brain injury and his wife,Dr David Quinn will discuss the assessment and management of the mood and emotional changes following acquired brain injury.

There will also be an interactive panel and audience discussion to look at ways of improving the information and support tools required by GPs for managing their patients with acquired brain injury. Perhaps the much needed follow-up of these patients could originate in primary care if the medical teams had the necessary training, monitoring and follow-up guidance?

Attendees will also hear more about UKABIF’s Campaign ‘Life after Brain Injury? Improve Services Now’ launched last year to highlight the need for improvements in the provision of services for people with acquired brain injury.

The two prestigious UKABIF Awards – UKABIF Award for Innovation and the UKABIF Award for Inspiration will also be presented at the Conference and both are now open for nominations with a deadline for entries of the 18 October 2013.

More details about the programme and how to register for the conference can be found on the UKABIF website: