Using hospital admissions statistics, Headway has compiled the first dataset on all ABI-related hospital admissions in the UK. These include non-superficial head injuries, strokes, brain tumours, encephalitis, and a variety of additional conditions.

This is the first time a picture of incidence rates for all ABI in the UK has been published, with the figures highlighting a concerning growth in the number of people sustaining injuries to the brain each year.

You can view the key findings of our research below, or visit the statistics resources page to access the full reports and data sets. 

Key findings

Clipboard graphic showing total stroke admissions 130,551 There were 348,934 UK admissions to hospital with acquired brain injury in 2013-14. That is 566 admissions per 100,000 of the population.
Brain graphic showing head injuries up 6%, strokes up 9%, all ABIs up 10% since 2005-6 ABI admissions in the UK have increased by 10% since 2005-6.
Large H on a blue background with admissions per day below; 956 for all ABIs, 445 head injuries and 358 strokes There were approximately 956 ABI admissions per day to UK hospitals in 2013-14 - or one every 90 seconds.
A stopwatch reading 03:00 In 2013-14, there were 162,544 admissions for head injury. That equates to 445 every day, or one every three minutes.
Three bars of increasing size with a pink female figure to the right Men are 1.6 times more likely than women to be admitted for head injury. However, female head injury admissions have risen 24% since 2005-6.
Clipboard graphic showing total stroke admissions 130,551 In 2013-14, there were 130,551 UK admissions for stroke. That is an increase of 9% since 2005-6 and equates to one every four minutes.

The number of females being admitted to hospitals in the UK with non-superficial head injuries has risen by a shocking 24% since 2005-06, according to new statistics issued by brain injury charity Headway.

While males remain 1.6 times more likely to be admitted for a head injury, the data reveals that women are increasingly at risk and appear to be catching up with their male counterparts.

The statistics also reveal that the number of people admitted to the hospital in the UK with an acquired brain injury (ABI) related diagnosis has increased by 10% since 2005-06.

"Headway's work does provide the clearest picture to date of the pool of people who require support, from short-term advice and information, to long-term inpatient rehabilitation"
- Professor Alan Tenant, Emeritus Professor of Rehabilitation Studies, University of Leeds

United Kingdom totals

The table below shows the total admissions for all types of ABI in the UK since 2005. It also gives the % change over this period and the rates, which show the number of admissions per 100,000 of the population.

All ABI: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
2005-06 184,776 625 132,370 429 37 317,183 525
2006-07 188,755 634 133,293 429 37 322,085 530
2007-08 188,285 627 134,416 430 32 322,733 526
2008-09 191,368 632 138,646 440 31 330,044 534
2009-10 198,483 653 147,257 468 45 345,785 559
2010-11 199,652 651 148,726 470 30 348,408 559
2011-12 200,650 645 151,289 470 15 351,954 556
2012-13 192,009 613 150,649 465 15 342,673 538
2013-14 194,734 618 154,169 473 31 348,934 544
Change since '05 % 5 -1 16 10 -16 10 4

Further information

You can download the full report and infographic in the related links section for more details. 

We have also made the full data tables available for public use. This allows you to see the fine detail of hospital admissions by type of brain injury, age, year and location. This detailed information can be manipulated to your needs, and will support a wide range of brain injury-related needs from funding applications to service planning and campaigning.

Visit the statistics resources page for further details.

Our infographic is an ideal tool for raising awareness of brain injury, designed to give a quick, accessible overview of the key finding of our new statistics. It includes total admission figures by condition and geographical region as well as some of the trends we identified.