UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Head Injury

Head and Brain Injury

Medline NLM definition for head injury: General or unspecified injuries involving the head.
Medline NLM definition for brain injury: Acute injuries to the brain, general or unspecified.

see also Migraine and headache pages

Head injury: information from Patient UK website

Head injury (minor): information from the NHS website

Head injury (severe): information from NHS Choices

Head injury: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

PubMed Medline search on head injuries
Medline search on brain injuries


Support Groups

Promotes understanding of all aspects of head injury and provides information, support and services to people with head injury, their families and carers. Currently operates over 100 local groups and over 50 day care centres. Has an excellent website.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) helps people regain the skills lost as a result of brain injury – whether caused by road accident, assault, stroke or illness.

Brainwave (established 1982) is a UK Charity dedicated to provision of therapy programmes for the brain injured. The Charity relies solely upon voluntary donations and fundraising generally to provide its therapy services to the brain injured. Since its inception many hundreds of people (especially children) have derived often substantial benefit from the individual therapy programmes enabling them to lead a less dependent and more rewarding life.

British Institute for Brain Injured Children
Information and advice for families with children with brain injuries

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)
The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) is a UK-wide charity offering support, information and training on acquired brain injury in children.

The Migraine Trust
The Trust provides a helpline, newsletter, information service, and local support groups. 

Read-Right: Read-Right aims to provide free rehabilitation to patients with Hemianopic Alexia. This is a specific reading disorder related to visual impairment usually caused by a stroke or head injury.  Funded by the Stroke Association.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.