MATRIX Neurological has been established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation [CIO]. This is a new form of legal entity designed for charitable organisations in England and Wales. It is an incorporated form of charity that is not a company. The provisions of the Companies Act 2006 do not apply to us as a CIO unless the CIO Regulations change and make such provision.
The main advantage of a CIO is the limited liability afforded by an incorporated form, alongside the lower administrative burden associated with being regulated by the Charity Commission alone, and not by Companies House. The CIO is the only bespoke legal vehicle for charities, and has been designed with charities in mind.
Three months after agreeing and signing our governing document, Matrix Neurological was awarded its charitable status by the Charity Commission and was entered onto the Register of Charities under its Registration Number: 1159973.
This gives us the powers to:
MATRIX Neurological uses the Foundation model of CIO whereby the only members are our Trustees who make all the strategic decisions in the best interest of the charity.
In order to qualify as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation we MUST:
[Reference: Charity Commission; Charity types: how to choose a structure (CC22a); 4 November 2014]
We believe the CIO to be more flexible than a charitable company limited by guarantee because a CIO constitution can allow for decisions at meetings to be by consensus, for example. The regime for electronic communications with members is also less rigid than the regime that applies to charitable companies
Aside from the lower administration in complying with just one regulator’s requirements, the CIO can be a suitable vehicle for joint ventures or other collaborative activity between charities or for the delivery of statutory services being outsourced from local authorities. It can also help with risk management around delivery of activities, employment obligations and so on.
In line with the organisation’s quality management system, MATRIX Neurological has all appropriate insurances in place including; public and employer liability, business interruption and trustee liability.
"When someone has a brain injury, early access to local, specialist rehabilitation is crucial to ensure the maximum recovery and make significant savings to the state in health costs"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
"Too often children and young people with ABI are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"Families and professionals spend time focusing on the negative aspects of ABI. Families need to be properly supported as 'resilience' is key to delivering successful outcomes for children and young people."
"There are problems with getting people into neuro-rehab centres. Those most in need are often those most excluded due to a lack of socio-economic resources."
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"