BIF Kent and Medway aims to brings together people with brain injuries, relatives /carers, volunteers, professionals working in both NHS and Independent Sectors providers, law firms and voluntary organisations like headway and neurological alliance to help, support and inform.

Previously known as KABIF, BIF is affiliated to UKABIF and work in partnership with UKABIF as well regional ABIFs, Headway , Neurological Alliance and other organisations to promote better services for people with acquired brain injuries and neuro rehabilitation needs and long term conditions. Our voice is heard regionally and nationally.

We meet regularly five times a year across Kent and Medway with a full programme which all members can access.

Membership is FREE and you can join BIF here.

our aims

  • To raise greater awareness and understanding of current services and proposed developments in the field of acquired brain injury.
  • To provide a forum to support professionals working in the field of acquired brain injury, together with those responsible for commissioning.
  • Collaboratively to support and educate individuals with brain injury, their families and carers, or those interested in acquired brain injury.
  • To be proactive in providing opportunities for people with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, their carers / relatives and other interested parties to obtain accurate and useful information and training from multiple resources related to acquired brain injury.
  • To contribute to the development of care pathways for people of all ages with acquired brain injury, with a view to maximising their quality of life.
  • To work collaboratively to promote education and training into acquired brain injury.
  • To campaign for better services relating to traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury within Kent, Medway and the UK.
  • The forum will comply with all current laws, regulations and acts relevant to the running of the organisations including the principles set out by UKABIF.

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meet the team

Dr Mo Sakel - Chair of KBIF

Chair of KBIF

Tanesh Bhugobaun

Steering Group Member

Dr Mayur Bodani

Steering Group Member

Alison Parker

Steering Group Member

Ivan Atkinson

Steering Group Member

Debbie Barr

Steering Group Member

Chloe Cook

Steering Group Member

our sponsors

our partners

Headway East Kent

Headway East Kent was formed in 1989 and has five Day Care Centres across the area offering social rehabilitation to adults who have survived an injury to the brain.

http://www.headwayeastkent.org.uk/

Neurological Alliance

We work with our member organisations to campaign locally and nationally for better services for the 10 million people in England living with a neurological condition.

http://www.neural.org.uk/

INPA - Independent Neuro Rehabilitation Providers Alliance

The Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance (INPA) is a new and dynamic group established to ensure neurorehabilitation is delivered by organisations employing appropriately trained and experienced staff in environments conducive to the rehabilitation process.

http://www.in-pa.org/

Strode Park Foundation

Strode Park Foundation is one of Kent’s leading providers of specialist care and leisure services for children and adults with disabilities. We aim to meet all levels of need, from those requiring a small amount of home care and support to people with more complex disabilities requiring neuro-rehabilitation or 24 hour nursing residential care.

http://www.strodepark.org.uk/

Raphael Medical Centre

Raphael Medical Centre is an independent hospital, registered with the Care Quality Commission, specialising in the neuro rehabilitation of adults. We are known as a unique leading holistic service provider for those suffering from complex neurological disabilities with cognitive and behavioural impairment.

http://www.raphaelmedicalcentre.co.uk/

Titleworth Neuro

We believe that everyone deserves independence and respect, regardless of age or ability, and at Titleworth we enable all those we care for to have the very best and most fulfilling daily life that’s possible for them.

http://www.titleworthneuro.com/

ASB Law

The effects of head and brain injuries in particular can be far-reaching and long-lasting, both for the injured person and their family and carers. Understanding how to cope with life after a trauma is difficult enough, without the added strain of a complex compensation claim.

http://www.asb-law.com/

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore is a law firm with a reputation for providing high quality, intelligent advice. Our approach is always practical and realistic.

http://www.ts-p.co.uk/

UKABIF

United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum inform and provide networking opportunities raising the profile of ABI and campaign for better services in the UK. 

http://www.ukabif.org.uk

SABIF

Sussex Acquired Brain Injury Forum is a group of acquired brain injury survivors, carers, front line professionals and policy makerswho wish to advance the brain injury agenda locally. 

http://www.sabif.org

ABIL

Acquired Brain Injury for London: group of front-line professionals, policy makers, survivors of acquired brain injury, relatives and carers working to advance the brain injury agenda across London. 

http://www.abil.co.uk

EABIF

Essex Acquired Brain Injury Forum exists to help further the understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury (ABI) and to work as an information and signposting resource throughout Essex. 

http://eabif.org.uk

Headway West Kent

Are a registered charity providing information, support and services to people who have sustained a brain injury, their family and carers.

http://www.headwaywkent.org

formed 2005

BIF Kent and Medway was formed in 2005. Pam Munro the co-founder of Headway in West Kent was the originator of the idea. She was helped in the process by Mike Hope who was instrumental in setting up Sussex Brain Injury Forum.

Other partners involved in the setting up of the organisation were Thomson-Snell & Passmore, ASB Law and volunteers from Headway and Independent Organisations involved in services for the brain injured.

The modelling of BIF after SABIF was to offer a similar Forum for people with an acquired or traumatic brain injury living in Kent and Medway. The forum was also an opportunity for carers and professional to meet five times a year at different venues for support to highlight and progress the ABI agenda. Since the foundation of SABIF and BIF many regional ABIFs have developed across England and Wales to offer similar opportunities. These Forums seek to promote services for the brain injured and neuro rehabilitation services across England and Wales.

Kent Acquired Brain Injury Forum adopted its new Constitution on the 24th October 2012 at an Extraordinary Members Meeting (EGM) held at ASB Law in Maidstone. Members present at the EGM voted for the core constitutional principle for BIF’s to be a members forum and for the Chair of BIF and the Steering Committee to be accountable to BIF members.

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To join BIF Kent and Mendway please fill in the form below. Alternatively the form can be downloaded as a word or PDF file, which can then be printed out and mailed to us.

For the purposes of BIF’s membership mailing list, we hold personal data. For details on our compliance with the Data Protection Act and how we will use this information, please see our Privacy Policy.

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