12th March 2020


RightCare publishes toolkit on community rehabilitation


Today, NHS RightCare published its community rehabilitation toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support the commissioning of holistic community rehabilitation services, based around people’s needs, not their condition. It was developed in partnership with a number of long-term condition charities and professional bodies.


Rehab matters


We know that the right rehabilitation can make the world of difference to people with neurological conditions. Rehabilitation also reduces demand on the most expensive parts of the NHS. As an example, people with traumatic brain injuries who receive rehabilitation after leaving an acute hospital ward cost the NHS and social care £27,800 less a year than those who don’t. A young person with a brain haemorrhage normally moves on from an acute hospital ward to an older person’s care home for life. If, instead, they moved to a neuro centre for rehabilitation, within 5 years they could be living independently. Over the course of a lifetime, this saves £2 million from social care and NHS budgets.


Rehabilitation can make people’s lives better. Yet, many of those who could most benefit face barriers to accessing these services. Expanding provision of good quality, community based, rehabilitation is now widely recognized as part of the answer. Together with twenty other organisations, we recently support the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists’ (CSP) ‘Right to Rehab’ campaign. This aims to raise awareness of the need to improve provision of community rehabilitation services.


Toolkit a welcome source of support


This RightCare toolkit urges commissioners to look for opportunities to develop generic rehabilitation services, recognising the potential of these to meet the needs of the many. Georgina Carr, Chief Executive of the Neurological Alliance, said:
“Too many people with neurological conditions simply don’t get the rehabilitation they need. This toolkit is a welcome and much needed source of evidence to help address that. We hope that commissioners utilise the wealth of expertise and support within this toolkit to put in place services that meet the need in their local community”