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Specialist Neuro Rehabilitation Unit

The Specialist Neuro Rehabilitation Unit is a regional service for patients with acquired brain injuries.  Patients benefit from a highly specialist occupational therapy service helping those with brain injuries to lead as fulfilling and independent lives as possible.

This includes patients with:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain haemorrhages
  • Encephalitis
  • Hypoxic brain injuries
  • Brain tumours
  • Multiple Sclerosis.

What is the role of Occupational Therapists? 

The Occupational Therapy team for the Specialist Neuro Rehabilitation is based within the Specialist Spinal and Neuro Rehabilitation Centre at University Hospital Llandough in Penarth. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to treat people following a brain injury.  We work with individuals and their family to identify strengths as well as areas of difficulty and how these may impact on their daily routine. We set goals and work together through the rehabilitation plan towards achieving the highest level of independence and ability possible.

Some of the ways that we can help following a brain injury involve:

  • Teaching techniques and activities around independence in daily activities such as washing and dressing or meal preparation
  • Strategies to help with cognitive difficulties
  • Community access support, for example to help the individual use supermarkets or public transport
  • Help with returning to social activities and sports / hobbies
  • Specialist equipment advice such as wheelchairs, hoists, kitchen aids
  • Moving and handling assessment
  • Home adaptations and housing assessments
  • Carer and family education and training
  • Splinting to reduce tone, contractures and enhance functional positioning

Trained therapists assess individuals in prolonged disorders of consciousness. We carry out a range of specialist assessments, which aims to identify potential awareness in adults with severe brain damage and establish whether they have any functional and communication capabilities.

Videos and resources

Click here for a compilation of videos, links and resources covering issues and help for those who are recovering from, or are affected by, a brain injury.

Referrals are made via the consultants: Dr Andrea Lowman and Dr Ellie Marsh.

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