ABIL – Working for better Brain injury services

ABIL is a group of front-line professionals, policy makers, survivors of acquired brain injury and relatives and carers working to advance the brain injury agenda across London. It was launched during Brain Injury Awareness Week in March 2007

Our Aims

  • To raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) across London
  • To encourage the development and dissemination of good practice in the care and support of ABI survivors and their families and carers across London
  • To campaign for better services for ABI survivors and their families and carers across London

As part of this, ABIL:

  • Organises meetings on a range of topics of interest to people working in the field of brain injury in London – this enables people to hear about interesting work and share good practice, and also to meet and network informally
  • Undertakes projects on particular issues
  • Campaigns on a variety of fronts
  • Promotes education and training in acquired brain injury for professionals working with brain injury survivors and their carers across London

ABIL is affiliated to the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF), a membership organisation and charity which aims to promote the understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury, and to improve awareness of ABI through education and information.

ABIL is one of an increasing number of Regional Acquired Brain Injury Forums across the country which share information and practice and pursue common aims through UKABIF.

Directory of rehabilitation services for brain injury in London

A major concern of ABIL since its formation has been the need to ensure that information on rehabilitation services available in London is readily available to all who need it.

The current guide to rehabilitation services here uses a service classification derived from work in the Eastern Region of England by Professor John Pickard and others (J R Soc Med, 2004; 97: 384–389 – (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1079558/) and is based on work subsequently carried out by Dr Richard Greenwood for services in London.