Rehabilitation is vital for all of our Children’s services. When applied as early as possible, rehabilitation can have excellent preventative implications on care, improving the quality of life and long-term prognosis not only for the patient but their families also.
We are working in conjunction with our commissioners in NHS England to improve the quality of specialist rehabilitation services for children in Thames Valley & Wessex regions and further afield. As a result of this, in the past 18 months both Oxford and Southampton Children’s Hospitals have introduced dedicated integrated multi-disciplinary children’s rehabilitation teams. The teams have improved the paediatric neuro-rehabilitation provision previously provided, ensuring that children and their families receive access to high-quality and intensive rehabilitation services whilst in hospital. Intensive input is shown to accelerate recovery times, the return to everyday life and to improve outcomes in the longer term.
By working together we believe that we can develop and improve what is offered by sharing best practice, resource and expertise across the Thames Valley and Wessex regions.