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People with ABI should be given rehab prescriptions

Saturday 30th March 2019
A parliamentary group has made the case for all acquired brain injury patients to get a rehabilitation prescription.
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Anyone with an acquired brain injury (ABI) should be given a rehabilitation prescription before leaving acute care, according to a parliamentary group.

The recommendations come as part of a report called A Time for Change, which has been put together by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury.

It calls for joined-up thinking across a number of departments to help the 1.3 million people in the UK that are living with ABI.

Neurorehabilitation plays a critical role in the ABI care pathway and the report seeks to recognise this and the impact that the condition has not just on patients, but also their families and the wider community.

Susan Pattison, a physiotherapist and director of a private practice that specialises in ABI, spoke to Frontline about the report.

She said: “This report cleverly collates and combines the impact of ABI across all sectors of our communities. It talks about neurorehabilitation, education, the criminal justice system, the benefits system and sports related concussion.”

Adding to this, she went on to say that everyone is aware that neuro rehab beds don’t get enough funding, but this problem is approached from a holistic point of view in the report.

Ms Pattison highlighted that investment in acute care has led to a shortage of public and private beds and that there are gaps in access to neuro rehabilitation all over the country.

She summarised: “You don’t have to be a neurological practitioner to come across a head injury, and because ABI is a long-term condition physiotherapists are bound to come across people who have it.”

Written by Matthew Horton

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