About neurorehabilitation

Residential neuro-rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust is provided by a team of people placing the child and family at the centre and everyone has a part to play. During neurorehabilitation we work with children and their family to support them to achieve their goals and maximise their potential in order to enable them to participate in their community. Residential rehabilitation programmes at The Children's Trust are flexible and adapt to the needs of each child. Programmes typically last for between 12 and 26 weeks, but different models are available for children depending on the severity of their brain injury and their stage of recovery.

How our neurorehabilitation services are funded

Our rehabilitation service is funded in a number of ways, including funding from NHS England via National Specialist Commissioning; private individuals who fund their child’s placement; and insurance companies or embassies representing a child. In addition, we need to raise £7m each year to support children and families and heavily rely upon the generous donations of our supporters in doing so.  If you are a healthcare professional working with a child or young people with acquired brain injury, you can find out more  here. Our doctors, allied health professionals, nurses and care staff can manage a range of complex needs, including artificial ventilation, tracheostomies, gastrostomy feeding, parenteral nutrition (Total Parenteral Nutrition or TPN) and disorders of consciousness. The multi-disciplinary team combines health, therapy and education. The team helps the children and young people participate in activities of daily living that they need to, want to or are expected to do: caring for themselves, having fun and going to school. This is achieved through delivering 24 hour rehabilitation with agreed goals, activities, and programmes which are followed through out-of hours by the nursing rehabilitation team. Each child/young person will have a set of programmes written by specialist members of the team to address specific issues and work towards the goals set with the child/young person (where possible) and their family. These programmes ensure the children/young people are working towards their goals and getting therapy throughout the whole day.
Key components of 24 hour neurorehabilitation
  • child and family centred
  • goal oriented
  • multi-disciplinary team
  • individualised rehabilitation programmes
  • working in collaboration with external specialists and agencies
The success of rehabilitation is dependent on working closely with the child/young person and families and identifying which interventions a child/young person requires and how they interact with each other; for example pain management may require combining knowledge of postural management and communication to ultimately enable participation in meaningful activities. We provide a safe environment for rehabilitation, giving each child opportunities for therapy, education and leisure activities that may not be available in a hospital. For more detail about specific rehabilitation interventions click here.

In addition to specialist assessments and therapy interventions we can provide:

  • Aquatic therapy in our multisensory on-site pool
  • Neurology, psychiatry, epilepsy, orthopaedic specialist clinics with visiting consultants
  • Orthotic splinting
  • Videofluoroscopy (off site)
  • Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Botulinum toxins injections
  • Assistive Technology, including the use of switching and eye gaze
  • Hippotherapy (horse riding therapy – off site)
  • Video telemetry (off site)
  • Multisensory augmented therapy
  • Virtual rehabilitation with video games
  • Guided Vehicle Mobility system
  • Moving and handling aids including slings and slide sheets.
Set within our beautiful 24-acre campus, our facilities include a purpose-built aquatherapy pool, therapy centre and nature trail.

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