Vocational Stroke Service

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This service comes under the Regional Neuropsychology Service. It works closely with the Community Neurorehabilitation (Brain Injury) Service and service users can access Community Neurorehabilitation Programmes providing these are consistent with an individual goal plan following specialist assessment. The service provides access to a Clinical Neuropsychologist for assessment and intervention, and some limited access to Occupational Therapy, a Rehabilitation Coach and assistant psychologists.

Aim of service

A stroke is an acquired brain injury and a quarter of these occur in working age adults. Similar to the problems experienced by individuals with traumatic brain injuries, less than half of this working age group resume work (Stroke Association, 2015). The aim of the service is to support people to access, maintain or return to employment following a stroke. Clinicians typically provide an assessment of memory and concentration following a stroke and write to employers to make recommendations and provide support. The service helps people to recognise and manage barriers to successfully returning to work such, supporting them with emotional difficulties, helping them to develop strategies for managing problems with cognition and supporting them to increase confidence. Service users are encouraged to participate in the community neurorehabilitation programmes to increase well-being and social connections.

Referral criteria

  • Confirmed diagnosis of new stroke, ischemic or haemorrhagic, made by a Physician or Neurologist or an acute setting and are medically stable.
  • Person has achieved activities of daily living goals and is functioning independently.
  • Person is ready and able to engage in vocational rehabilitation
  • There is a realistic possibility that person will return to work in near future
  • Person was in employment in the year prior to the stroke
  • Consent of the patient
  • Within SBUHB catchment
  • We do not accept referrals where there is evidence of other neurological or mental health conditions that need to be screened or treated first
Who can refer?

Referrals accepted from NHS stroke professionals, GPs and the Stroke Association Community workers.

Links

Follow this link to access the Vocational Stroke Referral form

Follow this link to the Stroke Association website

Follow this link to the Headway website

Follow this link to the Swansea Council website for information on Local Area Coordinators

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