Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

Description of Service

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Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

The Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine is responsible for the overall treatment and co-ordination of each person’s medical care while they are a patient at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH).
Consultant led Rehabilitation Programmes at the NRH are tailored to meet the individual needs of adult and paediatric patients. Our system of care is organised around Rehabilitation Programmes and
Interdisciplinary Teams.

Rehabilitation Programme

A ‘Programme‘ is defined by our accrediting body, CARF, as ‘A system of activities performed for the benefit of patients‘.

The Rehabilitation Team

A Rehabilitation Team will always include a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Nursing staff, and depending on the clinical needs of each patient, may include the following disciplines:

Nursing – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nursing – Health Care Assistant (HCA)
Dental Service
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Outreach Liaison Service
Pastoral Care
Respiratory Physiotherapy
Radiology (X-Ray)
Prosthetic and Orthotic Service
Psychiatry Liaison Service
Sexual Wellbeing Service
Social Work Service
Speech and Langauge Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation Service
Urology Service

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Patient Information

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The Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine is responsible for the overall treatment and co-ordination of each person’s medical care while they are a patient at the NRH.

Medical Registrars support the Medical Rehabilitation Consultants and, along with Senior House Doctors (SHOs), they provide patients’ day to day medical care.

The Consultants may refer patients to other Specialist Consultants, for example, Orthopaedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry and others.

The medical team will liaise with GPs, referring Consultants or other treating physicians regarding each person’s care as required.

The Rehabilitation Team
Your Rehabilitation Team is made up of a range of specialists who will work together with you to help you achieve your agreed rehabilitation goals. Together with the Team you will develop your rehabilitation goals, then you will work together towards your set of agreed goals. This will mean participation in treatment activities and education sessions. You and your family members are central to the rehabilitation process.

What is Rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is an educational and therapeutic process through which a range of rehabilitation specialists (Rehabilitation Teams) work together with each individual patient, and their family or carer, to:

  • help the person adjust following their injury or illness
  • help the person achieve their personal rehabilitation goals
  • help the person to gain maximum independence and quality of life

Rehabilitation is a process of active change which can include learning or re-learning skills to improve mobility, communication, speech or memory; to live as independently as possible at home, or to return to work, driving or study.

Rehabilitation Teams work in collaboration with each patient as they learn and develop the skills needed to participate safely in their personal, family, and community life following their injury.

Who delivers the Rehabilitation Programme?

Your Rehabilitation Teams will include:

  • Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Doctors
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Healthcare Assistants

Depending on your individual needs, your team may also include the following people:-

  • Nutrition and Dietetics Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Outreach Liaison Specialist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pharmacist
  • Prosthetist or Orthotist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Programme Manager
  • Sexual Wellbeing Service
  • Social Worker
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Music Therapist
  • Horticultural Therapist
  • Administrative Support

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