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