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Neuro-rehab document due in mid-January

22 Dec 2015

A number of Steering Group members are meeting later this month to finalise a National Policy and Strategy for Neuro-rehabilitation services document. When the document has been completed and signed off, the implementation framework will be circulated to all relevant stakeholders for consultation in January 2016, the HSE has told IMT.

The implementation framework for neuro-rehabilitation services is being worked on currently.

The Steering Group is led by the HSE Social Care Division with representation from National Clinical Programmes for Rehabilitation Medicine and Neurology, Department of Health, Primary Care, Therapy Professions and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. It has been assigned the task of developing an implementation framework for the National Policy and Strategy for Neuro-rehabilitation services.

The work of the Steering Group is overseen by an operational lead and a clinical lead. The Steering Group is proposing a two-phased approach to implementation that will begin at Community Healthcare Organisation level and expand to inpatient specialist rehabilitation services, with connectivity across all service delivery sites.

In August 2015, an additional €15 million for the redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dún Laoghaire, was announced. This allocation will now enable the NRH and the HSE to proceed with a new 120-bed building on the Dún Laoghaire campus.
The redeveloped facility will be purpose-built to accommodate integrated therapy services, hydrotherapy and sports facilities.

Brain injury health services are provided across a range of health settings by different organisations and by many health professionals and carers. The HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate have a number of clinical programmes that are working in the area of brain injury, including neurology, epilepsy, stroke and rehabilitation medicine, Minister Kathleen Lynch said in response to Dáil questioning by Independent Deputy Michael Healy-Rae.

The clinical programmes are focusing on reducing waiting times/lists, addressing disease specific pathways and models of care with a view to developing a national framework for the management of long-term neurological conditions.

The HSE also provide services for those with acquired brain injury through primary care teams with community-based therapy services and personal social services, often funded through partner agencies in the non-statutory sector.

Gary Culliton

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times