We define rehabilitation as:
“An active, time-limited collaboration of a person with disabilities and professionals, along with other relevant people, to produce sustained reductions in the impact of disease and disability on daily life. Interventions focus on the individual, on the physical or social environment, or a combination of these.”
Excellent rehabilitation services can significantly improve patient outcomes.
Excellent rehabilitation services can speed up hospital discharge and reduce re-admission rates, thus contributing to the more efficient use of NHS resources.
We currently do not have a comprehensive picture of the range, cost and availability of services across the region.
Surgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and others often fail to recognise their own roles as agents of rehabilitation, despite their crucial importance in securing good rehabilitation outcomes.
Services are not joined up and can be fragmentary meaning patients do not always receive timely, co-ordinated and sustained interventions to maximise their rehabilitation.
We have set up a regional programme to drive forward improvements in rehabilitation care in the East Midlands.