Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Meningitis Now welcome new strategy for Acquired Brain Injury

Andy Hopkinson | 7th December 2021

We’re pleased to see that the Government has given the green light to a strategy for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), which can be an after-effect of meningitis

Meningitis Now welcome new strategy for acquired brain injury

Bev Corbett, our Director of Information and Support, has welcomed the announcement that a Panel Board will be created early next year to implement the cross departmental strategy. 

“This is a hugely significant move that will make a big difference to all those people who need support because of an Acquired Brain Injury, however caused,” Bev said. “We hope to contribute to the process as it rolls out next year to ensure people with an acquired brain injury caused by meningitis have access to the support they need.”

The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF), an organisation we support, has been spearheading the campaign with MP Chris Bryant, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury. He secured a Private Members’ Bill calling for improved services for people with Acquired Brain Injury and now, Government has agreed it will create a Panel Board early in 2022 to implement a strategy.

Whole-Government strategy

Chris Bryant, said: “The Government has announced it will be creating a Panel Board in the New Year with officials from several departments to start devising a whole-Government strategy on ABI, which is just what my Bill has been calling for.

“A huge thank you to all the charities, MPs and other campaigners who have been supporting this campaign.”

Chris Bryant and Gillian Keegan, Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, will co-chair the programme board, which will begin by launching a call for evidence in early 2022.

Worked tirelessly

Chloe Hayward, Executive Director of UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF), said: “The Government’s announcement that they will be implementing a full ABI strategy is hugely welcome news. We have worked tirelessly to back Chris and his Bill as we are acutely aware of how much it is needed and what a difference it will make to better supporting people with an Acquired Brain Injury.

“It has been a real collective effort from charities, supporters, service users and MPs and it is wonderful to see that collaboration pay off. There is much work to do in the New Year as the ABI strategy is implemented and UKABIF will continue to play a key role in ensuring people with Acquired Brain Injury have access to the support they need.”

You can read a full copy of the statement here.

Acquired Brain Injury refers to any type of brain damage that occurs after birth. It can include damage sustained by infection, disease, lack of oxygen or a blow to the head.