(2) what steps have been taken since 2001 to improve methods of data collection on the incidence, prevalence and severity of head injury;
(3) what data are available for planning of services and other purposes relating to those who have suffered from a brain injury;
(4) what steps have been taken since 2001 to identify (a) responsibility for the planning of head injury rehabilitation and (b) the appropriate location for such rehabilitation.
In our response to the Committee (Cm 5226, July 2001) the Government undertook to take their recommendations into account in drawing-up the national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions, and subsequently did so. The NSF was published last year and we are now working with stakeholders to implement it.
It is the responsibility of local health and social care professionals to plan and commission services to meet the current, and forecast, needs of the people they serve.
Data on the incidence of head injuries are collected and made available through the hospital episode statistics system. We have not made recent changes to this system.