SABIF is a group of acquired brain injury survivors, carers, front line professionals and policy makers who wish to advance the brain injury agenda locally.


SABIF originated from a discussion between Mike Hope (former ABI Co-ordinator for East Sussex, Brighton & Hove) and Francis Lacy Scott, Partner/Solicitor of ASB Law LLP, around the challenges of providing a co-ordinated approach for survivors of brain injury. It was envisaged that interested parties would meet on a regular basis to share experiences and knowledge to encourage improvement of ABI services.

After canvassing opinion a steering group quickly formed; and SABIF’s initial meeting, held in May 2002, attracted around 100 interested people including brain injury survivors and their carers. Since then, SABIF has continued to meet regularly, with attendees from a wide spectrum of interests and backgrounds.

SABIF is affiliated to UKABIF (United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum).


SABIF has:

inspired the formation of other acquired brain injury forums around the country

actively contributed to evidence collected by the Working Groups of the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions

continued to raise awareness of important services, e.g. supported living, specialist home support, vocational rehabilitation, workforce training and other rehabilitation services

provided opportunities to debate different points of view in the presence of decision makers about proposed changes to the provision of local ABI services

co-produced a Gold Standard Care Pathway, which is intended to be best practice for Care Pathways

organised and hosted three major conferences to date

supported training locally to raise awareness of ABI issues, which included providing training on ABI to the GP Training Group

hosted discussions and information sharing between ABI professionals and those directly affected by it


Meetings are held every three months at different venues across Sussex. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register.

Meeting dates, forthcoming events and useful brain injury information can all be found on the Events page.

Steering Group

The Steering Group, the members of which are listed below, meet quarterly.

Francis Lacy Scott, Solicitor/Partner, asb aspire LLP (SABIF Chair)

Katie Russell, Chartered Legal Executive, asb aspire LLP (SABIF Administrator)

Samantha Dewer-English, Service Development Co-ordinator, Headway West Sussex

Jennie Fleetwood, ABI Nurse, Continuing Healthcare

Michele Fleming, CEO Headway Hurstwood Park

Tim Gilbert, Brain Injury Case Manager, Independent Living Solutions

Mark Searle, ABI Lead, Continuing Healthcare

Sam Shepherd, Brain Injuiry Survivor and Rehabilitation Support Worker, Headway HP


If you are interested in joining the Steering Group, please visit the Contact Us page.