About to the Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network

Development of SABIN

In 2000 the Office of Public Health carried out a needs assessment which included Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), (SNAP - huntington's disease, acquired brain injury and early onset dementia. 2000).  It contained ten recommendations which covered planning, pathways of care, standards, information for professionals and patients, advocacy, mental health, training and education, development of guidelines, data and access to services.

A letter containing a summary review of progress was issued in 2003 which contained nine recommendations, one of which referred to Managed Clinical Networks (Review of progress since SNAP report on huntington's disease, acquired brain injury and early onset dementia 2003).

On the 24 January 2005 a group of clinicians from across Scotland met to agree a proposal for the introduction for the National Managed Clinical Network (NMCN) for ABI, which was then submitted to the National Services Division (NSD).  This proposal was eventually agreed in 2006 and a service level agreement was arranged by NSD to provide the co-ordination and facilitation of SABIN.

Organisation of SABIN

SABIN is a NMCN which is comprised of a group of multi-disciplinary professionals along with patient and carer members.

The SABIN Steering Group is responsible for determining the activity of the Network and individual objectives are sometimes addressed by Working Groups.  The Steering Group membership is relatively fixed and stable while that of the Working Groups are flexibly and determined by the target activity.  

The Lead Clinician for SABIN is Dr Alan Carson, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, based at the Robert Fergusson Unit in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The Programme Manager is Aileen Ferguson.

All individuals interested in ABI in Scotland are eligible to be part of SABIN.  These include, but are not limited to, physicians, health professionals, patients and their families, voluntary organisations, local authority staff, research workers, etc.

Steering Group Membership

If you would like to know more about the background of SABIN please contact the Programme Manager