STRUCTURE: NHS Surrey and Surrey Community Health have announced joint plans to improve care for patients who need neuro-rehabilitation services in west Surrey.
The proposals aim to improve the way complex specialist rehabilitation care is provided for people who have experienced a head injury, stroke or another acute neurological trauma.
It also includes care for those with an existing long-term neurological condition that has deteriorated or changed in some way, meaning they need intensive support.
The proposals include plans for:
- A specialist home-based neuro-rehabilitation service to help people get the right support at home.
- A specialist community hospital based neuro-rehabilitation service for patients who need more intensive rehabilitation care in hospital.
- A specialist “in-reach” neuro-rehabilitation service where healthcare professionals visit patients in acute hospitals and specialist centres to assess them and plan their care.
- Specialist “out-reach” neuro-rehabilitation support where clinicians carry out assessments and give advice and information in the community.
- A central referral system, making it easier for clinicians to make referrals for patients who need to access neuro-rehabiliation services. This will also ensure a co-ordinated approach across west Surrey.
The closing date for comments on the proposals is 23 December.
5 December 2011