Spine injury Rehabilitation hospitals and services around England and Wales
The spinal injuries association (sia)
Helping all spinal injured people.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
Website: www.helpwithtalking.com Can supply details of therapists by region or specific condition.
ARCOS - the Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills
Tel: 0845 122 8697 Website: www.arcos.org.uk ARCOS is a national charity. We work with children and adults who have communication and eating (swallowing) difficulties, their families, carers and others involved. ARCOS provides information, advice, practical help, specialist therapy training and other services not readily available elsewhere.
British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM)
The Society encourages doctors in all clinical specialties to be involved in education and research into the management of disability. Membership of the BSRM is open to all registered medical practitioners interested and concerned with its objectives.
Website: www.carersuk.org Carers UK is a membership organisation of carers, led by carers for carers.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
14 Bedford Row London WC1 4ED Tel: 020 7306 6666 Website: www.csp.org.uk
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. It aims to support its members and help them to provide the highest standards of patient care.
Challenging Behaviour Foundation
32 Twydall Lane Gillingham Kent ME8 6HX Tel: 01634 838 739 Website: www.thecbf.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide an info service, fact sheets, support network to improve the lives and conditions of people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, their immediate family and carers.
Care Choices ltd
Valley Court Croyden Herts SG8 0HF Tel: 0800 389 2077 Website: www.carechoices.co.uk
Care Choices Ltd offers a free residential/care home search service. The company has a database of care homes, nursing homes, elderly accommodation and similar establishments throughout the UK.
Contact a Family
Contact a Family 209-211 City Road London EC1V 1JN Tel: 020 7608 8700 Web: www.cafamily.org.uk Fax: 020 7608 8701 Helpline: 0808 808 3555 (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri) Textphone: 0808 808 3556
Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children - no matter what their health condition. We also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis. Each year we reach at least 250,000 families.
Commission for Social Care Inspection
Looking for a care home? Get free, independent reports on the quality of your local homes and care services to help you make an informed choice.
Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)
380-384 Harrow Road London W9 2HU Tel: 020 7289 6111 Website: www.dlf.org.uk Helpline: 0845 130 9177 Email: email@example.comText phone: 020 7432 8009 Helpline - 0845 130 9177 (charge at Local Call Rate). Opening times are 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. The text phone number is 020 7432 8009.
DLF are the leading source of information on disability equipment Solutions for Independent Living. For 35 years the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has helped older and disabled people find equipment solutions that enable them to lead independent lives. We aim to help people achieve greater mobility and independence and to confront barriers excluding them from living a full and productive life at home, at work and in their leisure time.
Disability Alliance Education and Research Association
Universal house 88-89 Wentworth Street London E1 7SA Tel: 020 7247 8776 Website: www.disabilityalliance.org Fax: 020 7802 8250
Aims to break the link between poverty and disability.
The Back-Up Trust
Back-Up does not think it is enough to tell a newly paralysed person what they are still capable of. We provide the environment, support and opportunity for people to prove it to themselves. Back-Up's year round programme of activity courses and events are not disabled holidays, but challenging, integrated courses for able-bodied and spinally injured people. The courses give people back the self-belief, motivation and independence, which spinal cord injury takes away. The results are inspirational and life changing. How does The Back-Up Trust operate? Back-Up is an energetic, up-beat charity, motivated by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we receive from our participants. All our courses are fully integrated with equal numbers of paralysed participants and able bodied volunteer "buddies". Back-Up works closely with the other charities for spinally injured people and the UK hospitals which have specialist spinal injury units, such as Stoke Mandeville. To maximise the number of spinally injured people we help and keep our costs to a minimum, Back-Up employs only a small staff team and relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers, many of whom are former beneficiaries, in all areas of its work. Back-Up receives no government or statutory funding and depends entirely on voluntary contributions and the fundraising efforts of our supporters to survive. How did The Back-Up Trust first begin? The Back-Up Trust was founded in 1986 by Mike Nemesvary, a tetraplegic and former British and European Freestyle Champion and James Bond stunt double, whose life was devastated after he broke his neck during a workout on a trampoline in the mid 1980's. Despite being paralysed from the shoulders down, he was determined to get back to the life he enjoyed. An appeal was launched and, thanks to its success, the charity was set up to help others in a similar position.
Expert Witness Directory
Helpline: 020 7393 7780 Website: www.legalhub.co.uk
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Helpline (England): 0845 604 6610 Helpline (Wales): 0845 604 5510 Helpline (Scotland): 0845 604 8810 Website: www.equalityhumanrights.com
The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations.
Independent Living Fund
Independent Living Funds PO Box 7525 Nottingham NG2 4ZT Tel: 0845 601 8815 Website: www.ilf.org.uk Fax: 0115 945 0945 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The funds were set up as a national resource dedicated to the financial support of disabled people enabling them to choose to live in the community rather than residential care.
The Neurological Alliance is a wide range of neurological charities which have come together to make life better for people in the UK with a neurological condition. Our aims are to raise awareness of neurological conditions and their impact; inform and influence policy makers about the needs of people with neurological conditions; secure the highest standards of service and improved care for people with neurological conditions; promote research and the dissemination of information about neurological conditions.
NHS Direct / NHS 24 / NHS Direct Wales
Tel: 0845 46 47 (NHS Direct England & Wales) Tel: 08454 242424 (NHS 24 Scotland) Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk (England) Website: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk (Wales) Website: www.nhs24.com (Scotland) Medical advice from qualified nurses.
Office of the Public Guardian
Tel: 0845 330 2900 Website: www.publicguardian.gov.uk
The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK.
Borough Buildings 58-72 John Bright Street Birmingham United Kingdom B1 1BN Tel: 0121 616 3900 Website: www.rehabuk.org
Rehab UK provides assessment, training and development programmes that enable people with disabilities to break into the workforce. Operates a number of brain injury vocational centres and training programmes for people with mental health problems. Aims to support marriage and family life. Relate has a range of literature and can refer to local branches for individual counselling services.
Rehab UK's BICs can be contacted at:
Birmingham Brain Injury Centre
London Brain Injury Centre
Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre
Herbert Gray College
Relatives and Residents Association
Tel: 020 7359 8136 Website: www.relres.org Provides information and support about care homes.
Royal Association for Disability And Rehabilitation (RADAR)
12 City forum 250 City Road London EC1V 8AF Tel: 020 7250 3222 Website: www.radar.org.uk Fax: 020 7250 0212 Email: email@example.com Minicom: 0207 250 4119
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Helpline: 0303 123 9999 Website: www.rnib.org.uk Supporting people with sight problems
1 Royal Street London SE1 7LL Tel: 020 7261 9572 Website: www.speakability.org.uk Fax: 020 7928 9542 Helpline: 0808 808 9572
Assists those with speech difficulties.
Vitalise provides respite care and short breaks for disabled people and carers.
The activities of ASPIRE include purchasing specialist equipment, creating personal development training courses, short term housing; research into technology to benefit people with disabilities and promoting integration between disabled and non-disabled people through sport. ASPIRE Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, London, HA7 4AP Telephone: 020 8954 5759 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.aspire.org.uk
Motability - the leading car scheme for disabled people. For most people, a car is an essential part of everyday life, but for a disabled person it is often their lifeline. Motability's car and wheelchair schemes currently provide freedom and independence to around 400,000 disabled people and their families, across the UK. The Motability Scheme was set up on the initiative of the Government in 1977, to provide cars and powered wheelchairs to disabled people. The first Motability car was supplied in 1978 and since then more than 1.6 million cars and powered wheelchairs have been provided. The Scheme is directed and overseen by Motability, a national charity, which also raises funds and makes grants to people who would otherwise be unable to join the Scheme. How the Motability Scheme works: Disabled people can use their government-funded mobility allowance to lease or buy a car, powered wheelchair/scooter through one of four main schemes:
· A three-year Contract Hire Scheme to lease a new car.
· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a new car, over a term of four to five years.
· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a used car, over a term of two to five years.
· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a new powered wheelchair or scooter, over a term of one to three years.
By far the most popular is the Contract Hire Scheme, which offers customers a brand new car of their choice, from a wide-ranging list of approved manufacturers, on a three-year lease. All maintenance and servicing costs are included, together with comprehensive insurance and breakdown cover. Who can apply? To be eligible to join the Motability Scheme, applicants must be in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, which must ideally be awarded for long enough to complete the full length of their chosen agreement. Children from the age of three and non-drivers can also apply for cars as passengers, provided they receive the correct allowance. Once a customer has chosen which scheme they wish to join, they then agree to pay over all, or part, of their allowance to Motability, depending on their choice of car/ wheelchair, for the duration of their contract hire, or hire purchase agreement. Motability Accredited Suppliers All Motability Scheme cars and wheelchairs/scooters are available through a national network of over 3,500 Motability accredited suppliers. To become accredited, the suppliers are regularly inspected on-site to meet a set of standards, which are set by Motability, in order to ensure that all customers receive a first class service.
Adaptations to cars For most Motability customers, a standard production car is suitable for their needs, but special adaptations are needed for around 10 per cent of customers, to enable them to drive safely, or travel in comfort as a passenger. Providing additional financial help Motability also awards various grants to help those customers who need additional financial help. These grants go towards a range of essential vehicle adaptations and conversions, extra payments towards a chosen car and to assist in the funding of driving lessons. As well as administering government-funded grants, Motability makes its own charitable grants. Motability's fundraising team exists to help meet this demand and raises money in a variety of ways, with the help of individual supporters, corporate support and events, trusts and appeals and employee fundraising initiatives.
For further information about the Motability Scheme, please telephone 0845 456 4566, or visit the Motability website at www.motability.co.uk
Motability Car Scheme:
Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme:
Information on spinal injuries and rehabilitation
Rooprai Spinal Trust
Marrianne Rooprai is the inspiration behind the 'Rooprai Spinal Trust'. It's hoped that Marrianne's strength and determination will give others hope and that her dealings with 'spinal injury' will educate others blissfully unaware of the suffering that could happen to anyone. Prior to June 13th 2004, Marrianne was a fun loving, bubbly 27 year old with her whole life in front of her. Marrianne had started her own hospitality business in Hertfordshire with her partner Andrew and had spent the last 12 months making contact with sporting events throughout the world. On June 13th 2004 Marrianne, was paralysed from the shoulders down. Today Marrianne’s strive for recovery continues. A true inspiration for us all. Trust Objectives: The Rooprai Spinal Trust has one major goal. That goal is to help as many people as possible that have been affected by spinal injury. In order to achieve this goal the trustees, the trust manager and everybody associated with RST have drawn up a list of objectives they wish to achieve. It is important to realise that the trust is very much in its infancy, as we grow so too will our hopes and aspirations. The trust will supply ‘scholarships’ to successful applicants for a variety of reasons. To begin with the scholarships will be based on financing equipment that will make people with spinal injuries lives easier. As the trust grows, the scholarships will broaden and allow those who wish to do so, to follow Marrianne’s recovery path. RST will be providing financial support to ‘The Osborn Spinal Unit’. It is hoped our support will help make the lives of future patients easier. RST will support other charities in their quest to find a cure for paralysis. After all we all have one common goal. We are in negotiations with a globally recognised foundation based in America. We hope to work together and bring their support to our shores….We will keep you posted. Marrianne is very much the inspiration for RST. Without Marrianne the trust wouldn’t exist. We plan to use Marrianne as an ambassador for RST. Marrianne will be at the forefront in the fight against paralysis. Any success Marrianne finds will be passed on for others.
Belfast Spinal Cord Injuries Unit,
The International Spinal Injuries & Rehabilitation Centre,
National Medical Rehabilitation Centre,
Glasgow : Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit,
Hexham: Regional Spinal Injuries Centre,
Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre,
Use this forum for The Northern Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre opened at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough in 2002. The South Cleveland Hospital and Middlesbourough General hospital were used as temporary spinal centres whilst the new spinal unit was being built. Thefore, the Middlesborough forum may be used for any spinal requests, just remember to say which unit you were in and when! Tel: 01642ž850850 Website
Salisbury: The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital,
Odstock Road, Salisbury, SP2 8BJ Tel: 01722 336 262 Website
Sheffield Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, Northern General Hospital,
SouthportSouthport Regional Spinal Injuries Centre,
Stanmore The London Spinal Injuries Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital,
Wakefield - Pinderfields Yorkshire Regional Spinal Unit, Pinderfields General Hospital,
Leonard Cheshire Disability UK Services
We are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services to disabled people. Supporting around 21,000 people in the UK, we offer a wide and growing spectrum of services, from advice on how to access direct payments to providing rehabilitation to those with acquired brain injuries.
Please browse through the menu options beside this page to find out more about the range of services we provide.
Our expertise spans across a broad range of client groups including:
people with physical and sensory impairments people with learning disabilities young people looking to take their next steps towards a more independent lifestyle children older people people with an acquired brain injury
Telephone: 020 3242 0307
Physability has one prime objective:
"To improve the quality of our clients' lives through functional fitness".
Through a positive working partnership, Physability is committed to:
· Collaborative goal-setting between client and therapist, ensuring that the rehabilitation programme is directed towards mastering skills that the client values and is likely to use.
· Optimising fitness and redefining the boundaries and constraints that the conditions of paralysis may impose on our clients.
· Reducing the threat of secondary impairments (respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic alterations and muscular dysfunction) post-acute care.
· Providing post therapy support such as exercise advice, nutritional advice, exercise equipment and technical support where required.
Our approach to rehabilitation is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from the original concept developed by the Dikul Institute in Russia in combination with disciplines from sport and exercise science (physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports injuries) and complimentary therapies (reflexology, remedial massage and aromatherapy). There is further professional input from Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Shiatsu practitioners who have been working with individuals affected by paralysis since 1994.
Recent additions to our Exercise Therapy programme include the use of Neuro 4 Trophic Electrical Stimulation developed by Physiotherapist Diana Farragher OBE, MSc Grad dip Phys, Dip TP, FCSP. Following the success and extensive research of Diana Farragher's work, we have incorporated the use of Trophic Electrical Stimulation into our main exercise-therapy programme.
We are also working in close partnership with Mike O'Hara, the pioneer of the O'Hara Technique specialising in hand and arm function. Mike O'Hara has been working with individuals affected by spinal cord injury, stroke, head injury and Multiple Sclerosis since the introduction of Dikul therapy to the U.K.
An interdisciplinary approach to movement rehabilitation stresses the need to measure the effects of various therapies that make up rehabilitation at the Centre. Physability's advisory team (Osteopath Tony Nevin DO, Homeopath, Dr Elfie Klinger and Jan Lloyd-Jones MBAcC, MBMLA) together with regular client feedback ensures that all of our services are constantly monitored, helping us to maintain and improve the quality and delivery of our therapy.
The essence of our approach is to ensure that each client has a team of dedicated therapists and specialists focused on providing the right therapy in the right way at the right time. Our programmes are hard work and we make no guarantees, but ultimately all of our clients make progress.
Rehabilitation Service Providers in England and Wales ….
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Tel: 0207 832 0500