Report estimates that traumatic brain injury costs £15 billion a year in the UK

A report by the Centre for Mental Health – ‘Traumatic brain injury and offending.  An economic analysis’ – points out that:

  • Over a million people in this country live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, at a cost to the economy of around £15 billion a year.
  • Traumatic brain injury and offending sheds light on head injury, and the risks it poses.
  • A head injury doubles a person’s risk of later mental health problems, even if the person had no prior history of mental ill-health.
  • Around 1.3 million people in the UK are living with head injury-related disabilities, and these injuries cause around 160,000 hospital admissions each year.
  • Traumatic brain injury also has a marked impact on the economy, at a cost of £15 billion a year. This figure comprises of lost work contributions, premature death and health and social care costs. This £15 billion does not, however, include the human costs of head injury on survivors’ and their families’ wellbeing and quality of life, which is clearly the biggest cost.

Headway UK commenting on the report points out that this cost estimate does not take account of other forms of acquired brain injury

UKABIF also refer to this report which is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which also supported an evaluation of the Disabilities Trust’s brain injury linkworker service at a young offender institution as part of its Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme.