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Scopes of Services

The Brain Injury and Stroke Programme

The Brain Injury and Stroke Programmes of rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides specialised, interdisciplinary, coordinated and outcomes focussed rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury (ABI).

The continuum of care provided by the programme includes the only national inpatient rehabilitation service for people with ABI in the Republic of Ireland, a comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment programme and both home and community based and vocational training opportunities. The programme demonstrates the commitment, capabilities and resources to maintain itself as a specialised programme of care for people with ABI.

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is any sudden damage to the brain received during a person’s lifetime and not as a result of birth trauma.

The full Scope of Service for the Brain Injury and Stroke Programmes are detailed in the linked document.

The Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Programme

The Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) provides specialised, interdisciplinary, coordinated and outcomes focussed rehabilitation to persons with spinal cord dysfunction. The NRH has developed a continuum of care for people with spinal cord dysfunction, encompassing the inpatient rehabilitation phase, outpatient phase and links to community services.

The full Scopes of Service for the SCSC Inpatient Programme and the SCSC Outpatient Programme are detailed in the linked documents.

The Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Programme

The Prosthetic, Orthotic & Limb Absence Rehabilitation Programme (POLAR) at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in partnership with Ability Matters, provides specialised, interdisciplinary, coordinated and outcomes-focused rehabilitation of persons with amputation or congenital limb absence.

Amputation most commonly occurs as a result of vascular disease, diabetes, trauma, infection, or tumours. Congenital limb absence occurs when the whole or a part of the upper or lower limb fails to form normally when the baby is developing in the uterus.  Depending on the nature of the limb loss, people can present with a range of impairments and resulting disability that may be physical, psychological, social or vocational.

The full Scope of Service for the POLAR Programme is detailed in the linked document.

The Paediatric Family-Centred (PAEDS) Rehabilitation Programme

The Paediatric Family-Centred (PAEDS) Rehabilitation Programme is the tertiary service for the provision of post-acute, complex specialist rehabilitation services for children and young people with disability resulting from acquired neurological injury and limb absence. Our goal is to maximise each child and young person’s abilites and minimise the effects of their impairments.

The PAEDS Programme offers inpatient beds, day places and outpatient rehabilitation services. In effect, the PAEDS Programme encapsulates the specialist rehabilitation services of the three adult programmes at the NRH, delivering these services to children and young people up to the age of 18 who require a complex specialised interdisciplinary rehabilitation intervention.

The full Scope of Service for the Paediatric Family-Centred Rehabilitation Programme is detailed in the linked document.

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