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The Team

Neuropsychologist/psychology

Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that specialises in understanding the complex relationship between the brain and behaviour (emotions, personality, learning, memory and intelligence). Brain conditions can sometimes undermine an individuals’ ability to take charge of their lives. Neuropsychologists aim to enable individuals and families to regain that control by encouraging them to set their own goals and offering specialist assessment, information, techniques, guidance and ongoing support.

Occupational therapy

Occupational Therapists specialise in looking at the skills required for day to day living and employment, working with the person to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and working skills of the individual with physical, mental or cognitive impairment. These difficulties can impact on an individual’s ability to carry out roles within their daily routine at home and work, impacting on a person’s participation in valued social and leisure activities.  The Occupational Therapist will develop ways to help you address your difficulties using interventions that may look at altering the way a task is performed, adapting the physical environment, teaching the person a new skill or working with them to regain old ones and to maintain your independence. Taking a holistic approach (physical, psychological, social and environmental) to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enabling the individual to achieve their full potential.

Nursing

Nurses in a rehabilitation setting assist the multidisciplinary team in planning implementing and evaluating treatment plans for individuals. This includes triaging patients, ensuring referral criteria are met and providing case management if required. Completing initial assessments, to gather information about the individual as well as providing education on brain injury to individuals and groups of patients. Using psychological principles patients are helped to engage with our service by increasing their confidence both on an individual and group level.

Team coordinator

To provide administrative co-ordination and support to the Lead Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Regional Neuropsychology (SBUHB/HD) and Community Brain Injury Services (SBUHB). To assist with the smooth day-to-day operational and strategic functioning of these services, as well as provide the Lead Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist with secretarial support. Provide good judgement skills to make decisions and use initiative as agreed with the Lead Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Community Brain Injury Team. Assist with service planning, organising, monitoring and managing a wide range of clinical resources and facilities. 

Rehab coach

Acts as a bridge and a facilitator between patients and the clinician. Mainly based in the workshop, the rehab coach runs one-to-one sessions to build up confidence with the objective to move into a group setting. Working closely with the clinicians to establish goals, these sessions are individually tailored to the patient. Patients are supported in building relationships with partner agencies, such as local area coordinators and possible volunteering or employment opportunities.

Speech and language

Speech and language therapy assesses the speech, language, communication, social interaction and eating, drinking and swallowing abilities of patients. An appropriate individual therapeutic intervention will be put in to place to support the recovery after brain injury and to help the individual to succeed in their environment and to enable them to participate in their community.

Medicine

The team has access to medical input.

Music therapy

Music therapy is an established clinical intervention which helps people of all ages whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. Music therapists sensitively work with what a person can do, whatever the effects of their brain injury or trauma, and offer uniquely tailored one-to-one or group sessions. Instrumental improvisation, music technology, composition, and a range of other techniques are used to support cognitive and physical rehabilitation while providing opportunities for communication and creative expression. Music therapy at the brain injury service is provided by Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK.

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