People with brain injury 'need better Northern Ireland services'

Action should be taken to improve brain injury services across Northern Ireland, a health watchdog has said.

In its latest report, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) says better coordination of services across the five health and social care trusts should be adopted. More than 100 people living with a brain injury, and almost 70 carers were asked their views. The findings of its Independent Review of Brain Injury Services made 23 recommendations. Each year, in Northern Ireland more than 2,000 people sustain a brain injury, while many more live with the long-term effects. These may be as a result of an impact to the head, a stroke, a brain tumour or an infection. Around 10% to 15% of survivors have sustained a moderate to severe brain injury. The "enthusiasm and dedication" of staff was praised but there was a lack of a joint approach between trusts. The RQIA said there was a need to share innovation. It was also noted that none of the trusts provided specific accommodation for children with a brain injury.
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