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Dr Andrew Bateman 7 Nov 2018
The airside suite at Duxford was chosen as the venue for the first gathering of our growing portfolio of neuro-rehabilitation services within Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. In April 2018, as a result of new contract arrangements with our partners at East London Foundation Trust, the neurorehab and Stroke Early Supported Discharge teams based around Bedfordshire community were welcomed into the CCS 'fold'. Joining with the Oliver Zangwill Centre and Evelyn Community Head Injury Service (ECHIS), this group now comprises approximately 50 specialist Allied Health Professionals and Clinical Psychologists.
While vintage planes were taking off outside the window, and a huge gathering of quilt enthusiasts met elsewhere in the museum, the neurorehab teams took time to hear from each other about their services that have each developed to provide community rehabilitation to help individuals overcome the devastating consequences of brain injury. It was really exciting to hear about the many projects taking place. It is hard to pick out highlights, but examples included:
A main objective of the day was to explore how we might be 'stronger together' and we used the time to outline our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs and how we can support one another in meeting these needs. The day also included guest speakers from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Science Unit (MRC CBU) and this highlights one of the key ambitions of the group to become a leading force in neurorehabilitation research.