The Stroke/Rehabilitation Therapy Team assesses, treats and rehabilitates patients who have had an acute stroke, a new diagnosis of a neurological condition, or those who have ongoing rehabilitation and/ or complex needs.
Our aim is to provide specialist assessment and rehabilitation for patients presenting with an acute stroke, aiming to make initial contact within 24hours of their admission.
Our team works over six days and consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, assistant therapy practitioners and therapy assistants. We work very closely with the wider MDT including doctors, nursing staff, clinical psychologists, dieticians, social workers and discharge facilitators. We also have close connections with the Stroke Association.
We meet as a multi-disciplinary team through daily board round meetings to facilitate safe and timely planning of discharges with appropriate community services/therapy in place to support on discharge.
We measure our performance as a Stroke Service against the Stroke Sentinel National Audit Programme. We consistently perform at a high standard.
The patient is at the centre of the treatment programmes by being actively involved in goal setting and discharge planning.
What is the rehab ward? The rehab ward provides a service for those most in need that have the potential to improve, and aim to return home independently.
Why are patients there? The rehab ward is a step in the journey towards home. We will work with the individual on their patient-centred goals aiming towards a safe and timely discharge.
We work to create a strong rehab ethos on the ward, reducing deconditioning, promoting daily routine and a return to normality in preparation for home. Planning discharge includes consultation with family members and other relevant support networks.
After a hospital admission sometimes complex needs can arise which lead to a loss of independence and function.
Our aim is to work with the individual, establish their goals and work towards an improvement in the individuals abilities in preparation for a discharge from hospital.
Ideally the service aims to facilitate a discharge home, however we use other pathways and services as part of the journey to recovery including, social care, respite services, Home First, community neuro team, community adult therapy services and intermediate care.
Heather Duff Clinical Therapy Manager
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