A new service, based in Colchester in Essex, has been championed as an example of "inspirational" care.
The physiotherapist-led neuro-rehabilitation service was highlighted in the latest clinical guidance published by the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN).
Used as a model case study, the programme has helped more than 1,500 adults and supports people with a range of health conditions and disabilities. As part of the initiative, the team have treated people with multiple sclerosis (MS), motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s, as well as those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or a stroke.
The team, which consists of four physiotherapists, as well as three occupational therapists, an associate practitioner, a brain injury nurse specialist, a rehabilitation assistant and two neuropsychologists, are based at Colchester General Hospital.
Speaking to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) online magazine Frontline, Anne Glynn, who leads the service, said the hospital-based team are now looking at the potential of providing similar services to patients in their own home.
Ms Glynn, who is trained as a clinical specialist physiotherapist in neurology and clinical lead for neuro[-]rehabilitation at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the recognition of the service.
She said: "The team are passionate about the service we provide and are all skilled, experienced and motivated, but we’re one of those services which few people know about and which goes largely unheralded so this recognition is a real fillip for us."
The service is unusual because of the way it's a hospital-based neuro-rehab team, but it also observes patients in the community, as well as in the outpatient unit and on hospital wards, Ms Glynn explained.
This allows the team to support patients from the moment of diagnosis throughout their care and even when it comes to considering end-of-life care.
Written by Mathew Horton