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24 May, 2020

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A year in the life of a new rehab hospital

A new male neuropsychiatric facility was launched in the UK last year, amid a national shortage of such services. Twelve months on, we visited Cygnet St William’s in Darlington to chart the ups and downs of getting the service going. As Andrew Mernin reports, it’s a tale of hard-won relationships, fire-fighting and people power.

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Top tech and devices for at-home stroke rehab

While COVID-19 lockdown continues to play havoc with people’s plans and appointments, with many going into isolation during this time, rehabilitation in its traditional setting is not always possible…

Spinning back to normality

Through a shared love of cycling, Dave Buchan is helping to transform the lives and outcomes for people with brain injuries. Deborah Johnson speaks to him about the crucial role he sees for cycling in neuro-rehab.

Neurobehavioural rehab in aggression management after TBI

Changes in personality following TBIs are often more problematic than neurocognitive, functional deficits or even physical disabilities. Dr Grzegorz Grzegorzak, consultant neuropsychiatrist at St Peter’s Hospital, South Wales, explains why taking a neurobehavioural approach to treating TBI can be highly effective.

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Opinion

Behind the scenes of brain injury referrals

Despite COVID-19, work is still progressing to allow providers to accept new residents at the first opportunity. Gill Ayris from Richardson Care, which runs three brain injury care homes, discusses the process.

Goal setting revisited

Merryn Dowson takes a fresh look at the use goals in neuro-rehab amid new and emerging approaches.

Maintaining progress amid the madness

Covid 19 has thrown the daily routines of many people with brain injuries into turmoil but the battle is underway to ensure their rehabilitation continues, as Irwin Mitchell’s Steve Hill reports.

Independence Day

Serious injury solicitor Sarah Griggs shares the journey a mum whose world was turned upside down following her son’s brain injury.

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Insight

Action among the daffodils

William Wordsworth urged to the world to “come forth into light, let nature be your teacher”. He...

Help us to be better and stronger

Charities are facing the double-edged sword of demand for their services being at an all-time high, while seeing a vast drop in donations as a result of COVID-19. NR Times spoke to the Children’s Trust to find out more.

How to be a better medical expert

Ten tips from Paul Sankey, partner at Enable Law and a trainer at Inspire MediLaw, which runs courses on medicolegal topics.

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Technology

Top tech and devices for at-home stroke rehab

While COVID-19 lockdown continues to play havoc with people’s plans and appointments, with many going into isolation during this time, rehabilitation in its traditional setting is not always possible…

A 20-year adventure in rehab robotics

Tech pioneer Hocoma has long been pushing the boundaries of innovation in rehab. Now marking its 20th anniversary, it plans to step up its ability to drive better patient outcomes, as Deborah Johnson reports.

Every step of the way

STEPS rehabilitation recently had an opportunity to put Rewalk’s Restore system through its paces, as senior physiotherapist Jamie Story explains.

Leading the remote resistance

Andrew Mernin reports on an emerging technology aiming to revolutionise how rehab professionals work together on patient goals.

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Interviews 

We’ll be soaring again soon

It’ll take more than a global pandemic to stop Accessible Dreams drawing up plans for more empowering trips in the not-too-distant future, as NR Times reports.

Working your way back after injury

Returning to work after a brain injury can be a long and daunting road. Here brain injury survivor Dean Harding discusses his own experiences with Irwin Mitchell employment lawyer Emilie Cole and occupational therapist Mandy Richmond.

Out of the shadows

A charity which encourages brain injury survivors to put others first is helping them to re-find their place as valued members of society. Deborah Johnson reports.

On the road to reinvention

London actor and creative Byron Konizi has emerged from years battling the effects of brain injury with a plan to help others like him, as Andrew Mernin reports.

State of the rehab nation

The driving force of rehabilitation research in America has big plans to speed treatment development and improve skills, its outgoing president Dr Deborah Backus tells Andrew Mernin.

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