Please let your MP know how much of a difference neurorehabilitation can make

How you can help save the nation £15bn a year and transform the lives of people with brain injuries through neurorehabilitation.

With a General Election taking place in the UK on 12th December 2019, UKABIF has requested that all the main parties include a statement about neurorehabilitation in their manifestos. UKABIF would like them to recognise and take neurorehabilitation seriously as a discipline that can not only save billions of pounds but which can transform the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people each year who have an acquired brain injury.

We need to ensure that our MPs are aware of this. To support this campaign, we are asking you, either as an individual, as part of your organisation, or as both, to write to your local parliamentary candidates including UKABIF’s policy pledge, asking for their support in this matter. You can find the policy pledge here.
UKABIF have drafted a template letter for you to use – please click here to view the letter. You can of course adapt the letter but please make sure you include your full name and address.

Please do let your MP know how much of a difference neurorehabilitation can make.  To find out who your local MP is click here.

Please ask your MP or candidate for a personal commitment to this agenda if elected. The letter will be stronger if you can include some local information about your situation or services.
UKABIF has been working successfully within Parliament for the past few years but the General Election gives us all an opportunity to reach even more MPs and ministers with our concerns.

Acquired Brain Injuries affect more than one million people in the UK with over 300,000 new sufferers each year (1). But only 40% of those affected receive the specialist neurorehabilitation they need (2) because of lack of beds, consultants and community care.

On average people who receive rehabilitation cost the state £27,800 less a year (3) than those who don’t. They have a far higher quality of life, enjoying much greater daily independence and requiring far less personal care. Many return to work and all have better social relationships so the improvements extend well beyond the individual.

Without comprehensive and consistent neurorehabilitation for acquired brain injury sufferers, it’s estimated the government is currently spending around £15bn a year (4) unnecessarily on further NHS care, social care, welfare benefits and through the education and justice systems.

Rehabilitation has been overlooked for too long. The NHS Long Term Plan places prevention (including the worsening of long-term conditions) at the heart of its approach together with multi-disciplinary team working across local areas and a greater focus on personalised care. Neurorehabilitation is a discipline that not only transforms people’s lives forever, it also fits squarely within the NHS’s own vision.

The NHS in England is failing to provide adequate resources in terms of beds, facilities and personnel to ensure everyone gets the neurorehabilitation they need. It’s estimated that a further 328 beds (5) are needed together with the specialised staff, including physiotherapists, nurses and consultants to bring the NHS up to its own standards. This would cost just £53m a year (6). That’s £53m for a £15bn saving and an immeasurable impact on hundreds of thousands of people’s lives each year.

 

(1) Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation Time for Change Report, p8
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury and UKABIF
(2) The National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Need
following Major Injury p.10
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership et al (see above).
(3) The National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Need
following Major Injury p.11 (£536 x 52 weeks = £27,872 saving per year)
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership et al (see above).
(4) Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation Time for Change Report, p8
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury and UKABIF
(5) The National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Need
following Major Injury p.12
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership et al (see above).
(6) The National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Need
following Major Injury p.12
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership et al (see above).