Limited access to state funded rehabilitation for crash victims

Posted on: 4th March 2014

In our area of work one of the biggest challenges we face is enabling access to specialist rehabilitation services for people with acquired brain injury (ABI), so we were grateful to be invited to contribute to a recent investigation commissioned by a leading rehabilitation specialist law firm to discuss and review access to these services across the country.

The Office of Health & Economics, who were commissioned to undertake the study, found discrepancies in the way information about rehabilitation services within the NHS is recorded. As a result, the research project has been widened across multiple data sources and roundtable consultations with rehabilitation specialists across the UK.

Fiona Howson, lead case manager at JSP in Manchester, is passionately concerned about levels of access to rehabilitation services for people with ABI, particularly when leaving the acute service stage. "The roundtable discussions were really interesting" Fiona said, "as I used to work at a neurorehabilitation centre and could see the disparity between services available to people depending on where they lived. The discussions highlighted deficiencies in the consistency of access to rehabilitation within the North West of England – even between those living in Greater Manchester and those in Liverpool”.

The investigation concludes that there may well be a post code lottery when it comes to accessing state funded rehabilitation services and sets out recommendations for improving access in the face of increasing demand in the current climate of austerity.

“It will be very interesting to see what this research leads to” Fiona said, “It could potentially make a big difference to access to these essential services”.

Read an article about the research into state funded rehabilitation services

Watch a video featuring Fiona Howson taking part in the round table discussions