Using hospital admissions statistics, Headway has compiled a dataset on all acquired brain injury (ABI) related hospital admissions in the UK. These include non-superficial head injuries, strokes, brain tumours, encephalitis, and a variety of additional conditions.
You can view the key findings of our research below, or download the full data sets in the related resources section.
|There were 356,699 UK admissions to hospital with acquired brain injury in 2019-20. This is a 12% increase since 2005-6.
|ABI admissions in the UK have increased by 12% since 2005-6|
|There were approximately 977 ABI admissions per day to UK hospitals in 2019-20 – or one every 90 seconds.|
|In 2019-20, males were 1.5x more likely than females to be admitted for a head injury.|
|In 2019-20, female head injuries were up 28% since 2005-6.|
|In 2019-20, there were 137,403 admissions for stroke. This is a 14% increase since 2005-6.|
Data from 2019-20 highlights that there is still one admission to hospital for brain injury every 90 seconds, one head injury every three minutes and one stroke every four minutes in the UK.
Alarmingly, head injuries among females have continued to rise, with an increase of 28% in hospital admissions among females since 2005-06.
Strokes in males have increased by 24%, while total strokes have increased by 14% since 2005-06.
All ABIs have increased by 12% since 2005-06, with there being 356,699 admissions to hospital in 2019-20.
"Headway's work does provide the clearest picture to date of the pool of people who require support, from short-term advice and information, to long-term inpatient rehabilitation"
- Professor Alan Tenant, Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Studies, University of Leeds
United Kingdom totals
The table below shows the total admissions for all types of ABI in the UK since 2005. It also gives the % change over this period and the rates, which show the number of admissions per 100,000 of the population.
|Change since 2005 %||7||-4||21||10||-24||12||2|
You can download the full data tables and infographic in the related resources section. This allows you to see the fine detail of hospital admissions by type of brain injury, age, year and location. This detailed information can be manipulated to your needs, and will support a wide range of brain injury-related needs from funding applications to service planning and campaigning.
Our infographic is an ideal tool for raising awareness of brain injury, designed to give a quick, accessible overview of the key finding of our new statistics. It includes total admission figures by condition and geographical region as well as some of the trends we identified.