BINI – Communicating the needs of Brain Injury Patients

April 2015 will see many changes to the way social care is delivered across England.  The Care Bill will act as the vehicle for these changes and has already gone through Parliament.  It is currently awaiting Royal Assent to
become law.

Discussions between the Department of Health and BIRT (Brain Injury Rehab Trust) resulted in an agreement that BIRT would create a Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) that can be used in conjunction with the current formal
needs assessment.  The tool can assist Local Authority assessors in evidencing brain injury and provides information to support decision making about the type/level of care an individual with brain injury needs.
Councils will not be under a legal obligation to use BINI.


Year of the Brain in Europe 2014

The European Brain Council (EBC) has pledged to make 2014 the Year of the rain in Europe, which is designed to highlight the needs of millions of Europeans currently affected by Brain disease.  Its programme has 3 strands: To educate society, to improve care and treatment and to increase investment in brain related research and development.