Acquired Brain Injury

Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at on 19 February 2019.

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Photo of Bim Afolami Bim Afolami Conservative, Hitchin and Harpenden

What steps the Government are taking to support charities and other organisations working on treating acquired brain injury.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Everyone who has an acquired brain injury deserves to receive the best possible care and rehabilitative service. To ensure that, the NHS long-term plan included £4.5 billion of new investment to fund primary and community health services over the next five years.

Photo of Bim Afolami Bim Afolami Conservative, Hitchin and Harpenden

I thank the Minister for that answer. The NHS has a good strategy on community-based care. On acquired brain injury, will the Minister advise me and Headway Hertfordshire, a brilliant local organisation, on how we can be more proactively involved with the strategy and attract more funding from local clinical commissioning groups? Will she meet me and the organisation to discuss this matter further?

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

I am delighted that my hon. Friend mentions Headway, which is a fantastic organisation that does great work. I meet it regularly in my own constituency and I would be more than happy to do so with him. The partnership boards of local integrated care systems, which will plan and shape those services, will include the voice of voluntary services and the voluntary sector in their area. His local Headway branch would be well advised to engage with that group.

Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

Some 1.3 million people are living with traumatic brain injury and related disabilities. Brain injury can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, particularly among young people. What support will the Government be giving to local health services to increase the use of technology, particularly using creative industry developments, that can help rehabilitation for those with brain injuries?

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There are several points here. On local community services, as the hon. Lady heard, we are putting an extra £4.5 billion into community and local health services. Through the National Institute for Health Research, we fund brain injury research into how technology and other innovations can be used to better support people.