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23 July, 2019


Making the case for a career change

Ever fancied broadening your career by becoming a case manager? Occupational therapist Michelle Mason did just that and hasn’t looked back. Here she reflects on her first year in the role.

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A national brain injury crisis

Politicians gathered in May for a Westminster debate on brain injury. Here Deborah Johnson provides the highlights.

Notes from Nanjing

NR Times’ writer Andrew Mernin attended the largest neuro-rehab event in the Asia Oceania region recently and made a few notes along the way



A wonderful stroke of luck

Occupational therapist Janet R. Douglas’s life was turned upside down by a massive stroke. The decade-long struggle that followed is the subject of her new book…

Brain injury and the great outdoors

A growing body of evidence links exercise and outdoor activity with recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Here Fiona Nixon, of Calvert Reconnections, explains the benefits of physical activity in rehabilitation.

A sporting chance in concussion fight

New findings on sports-related concussion in children could help to improve management of the condition and stem long-term problems that can arise years after injury.



Standing up for independence

With greater independence for users and an array of proven health benefits, it is little wonder the standing wheelchair is gaining in popularity at rapid pace.

A whole new ball game for stroke rehab.

A device that was recently named ‘garden shed’ invention of the year is offering a new alternative to stroke survivors. NR Times meets the man behind Neuroball to find out more.

A Russian revolution in neuro tech

Russian neurotechnology developers visited the UK recently to forge new ties with neuro-rehab professionals. Andrew Mernin reports on their innovations and intentions.

Braced for a better quality of life

It’s 100 years since Otto Bock created an orthopaedic tech firm in Berlin to help soldiers wounded in WWI. Just as it did then, his company continues to pioneer new ways of improving mobility.

Sky high ambition

A young entrepreneur from Bristol is aiming to revolutionise air travel for disabled people, including those affected by brain and spinal injuries and conditions. Andrew Mernin reports



Why the Arni way is up

Dr Tom Balchin’s mission to help UK stroke survivors was forged in tragedy. In late 1996, his twin...

Food for thought

Serious injury triggers a small army of professionals into action.
Each one plays their part as...

Court in the storm

When the rape of a Manchester woman with learning difficulties came to trial in 2012, everything...


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Enter stage left: A rising force in therapy

Dramatherapy - using acting and other expressive arts to communicate feelings - is quickly gaining popularity, including with neuro-rehab patients, as Deborah Johnson reports.

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