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Guidance for responding to the government's ABI strategy call for evidence

Wed 06 Apr 2022

We’ve put together this guide to help you with sharing your views in response to the government’s Acquired Brain Injury Strategy call for evidence.

In December 2021, the UK government committed to developing an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) strategy to improve services for people with ABI. The strategy has been championed by Chris Bryant MP with support from Headway and other brain injury charities.

Importantly, the government is seeking the views of brain injury survivors, carers and family members as well as charities and professionals supporting those living with ABI as part of the consultation, which is open now and will run until 11:45pm on 6 June 2022.

If you prefer, you can download a PDF version of this guidance.

Where is the call for evidence?

The call for evidence can be found on the UK government’s website.

How do I respond to the call for evidence?

There are three ways in which you can respond to the call for evidence. We recommend the first means of responding as the set questions will help to guide your response.

  1. Complete the online questionnaire. You can read all the questions on the linked webpage above before completing the online questionnaire.

  2. Email a written submission of no more than 10 pages to: abicallforevidence@dhsc.gov.uk.

  3. Post a written submission of no more than 10 pages to:
    Acquired brain injury strategy call for evidence
    Department of Health and Social Care
    39 Victoria Street
    London
    SW1H 0EU

What should I say in my response to the call for evidence?

The call for evidence is a request for ideas that the government can use to start developing an ABI strategy. It is not asking for views on specific proposals.

Some questions require a tick box response, and others ask for an open response where you can write what you think.

Try to keep your answers to under 500 words in the open response questions.

The call for evidence asks whether you think the strategy should also consider other neurological conditions alongside ABI. Headway’s view is that the strategy should focus purely on ABI. This is because ABI survivors’ needs should be recognised as different to those living with other neurological conditions and we believe brain injury survivors deserve a strategy that meets their needs.

If other neurological conditions were included in the strategy, it would become too complex. However, we hope that this ABI strategy will form the basis for the development of strategies for other neurological conditions.

The call for evidence lists areas (themes) and will ask you to tick which ones you think the new strategy should cover in order to improve life after brain injury for survivors, carers and families. You can tick as many of these as you like. The list of themes includes:

Awareness, identification and prevention of acquired brain injury

For example: training for GPs and other medical professionals, as well as those working within the criminal justice system, education or sport.

Healthcare

For example: diagnosis, specialist neurological rehabilitation, and training for specialist and non-specialist healthcare professionals.

Social care

For example: the assessment of social care needs, support for families and carers of brain injury survivors, and access to post-acute support services.

Employment

For example: support in accessing employment opportunities, reasonable adjustments at Jobcentre Plus appointments, and support in the workplace for brain injury survivors.

Benefits

For example: ensuring people are aware of their support entitlements via the disability benefits system, access to support in applying for disability benefits, and the assessment process and appeals processes.

Sport

For example: better public awareness of the symptoms of concussion in sport, and guidance on safer sport.

Housing

For example: information on available housing support, accessing home and technology adaptations to assist independent living, accessing appropriate housing including assisted living.

Supporting specific groups

For example: people involved with the criminal justice system, victims of violence, people experiencing homelessness or people with drug and alcohol
misuse problems.

Identifying and addressing disparities in care for people with shared characteristics

For example: disparities in care due to age, gender, disability, race, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sex (gender), sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Research

For example: funding for research, involving ABI survivors in research design and participation, and translation of research into practice.

Anything else you think should be considered


Of these themes, you will then be asked to select your three most important areas and give further views on why you have chosen these. Here are some tips on answering this section:

General tips to help with your response

You can download a PDF version of this guidance below.

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