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Major boost for Keswick’s new brain injury rehabilitation centre

Dr Amy Burns, Calvert Reconnections

Keswick’s new brain injury rehabilitation centre, Calvert Reconnections, has received a major boost with news that medical professionals are becoming increasingly confident in referring patients to residential centres.

In its latest research initiative, Calvert Reconnections asked brain injury case managers when they anticipate being able to refer brain injured clients to residential-based programmes.   10% of case managers said they are making referrals at the moment, 70% said they expect to be making referrals in 1-3 months, 15% said 3-6 months and 5% said 6-12 months.

In other findings, 91% of case managers said that brain injury rehabilitation post Covid-19 is going to be more reliant on the private and charitable sectors due to stretched NHS resources, while 86% anticipate an increase in the use of outdoor activities in rehabilitation plans for brain injured patients.  89% expect the UK to face a “tidal wave” of brain injury rehabilitation need.

In total, Calvert Reconnections received 152 responses from brain injury case managers.

Said Heather Batey, Trustee at The Lake District Calvert Trust, the charity running Calvert Reconnections:

“While brain injury rehabilitation has been driven to crisis point by Covid-19 and intervention has been adversely affected, there are now positive signs with ‘face to face’ clinical contact returning. The future is looking brighter but we need to ensure best practice continues throughout this pandemic.

“The Government is aware of the need to ensure best practice, and has recently committed to bringing together a task force to discuss issues relating to acquired brain injury at this critical time. The UK has the potential to establish itself as a global leader in brain injury rehabilitation through innovative new residential programmes, based on research outcomes and combining clinical therapies with physical activity in the outdoors. This is an exciting time within this industry.”

Added Dr Amy Burns, Clinical Lead at Calvert Reconnections said: “As the lockdown eases, brain injury case managers are looking beyond virtual rehabilitation. There is considerable support from medical research for the notion that outdoor activity is beneficial to brain injury rehabilitation.”

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