Focus on Brain Injury | Brain Injury Awareness Week, 2015

As part of the Brain Injury Awareness Week, Headway UK released a report entitled “The numbers behind the hidden disability”. Using hospital admissions statistics, Headway has compiled the first dataset on all ABI-related hospital admissions in the UK. These include non-superficial head injuries, strokes, brain tumours, encephalitis, and a variety of additional conditions.

The findings revealed:

  • There were 566 admissions per 100,000 of the population with acquired brain injury. 
  • Admissions for acquired brain injury have increased by 10% since 2005/2006. 
  • There was approximately one admission every 90 seconds for acquired brain injury. 
  • Men are 1.6 times more likely than woman to be admitted to hospital for a head injury. 
  • Females being admitted to hospital with a head injury have increased by 24% since 2005/2006. 

The intention of Headway UK in releasing this information is to raise awareness of the wide ranging conditions and causes of acquired brain injury and to emphasise the importance of the need for local and national brain injury services. This is the first time a picture of incidence rates for all ABI in the UK has been published, with the figures highlighting a concerning growth in the number of people sustaining injuries to the brain each year.

For further information and to read the full report, visit www.headway.org.uk. Headway can also be contacted on 0800 500 2244, by email on helpline@headway.org.uk and via Twitter @HeadwayUK.


Hats for Headway, 22 May 2015

On Friday 22 May 2015, members of staff at many Irwin Mitchell offices took part and raised funds for 'Hats for Headway'. This is a day designed to raise awareness of not only the charity but also of brain injury as a whole.