Critical Care Rehabilitation Forum
Rehabilitation is the process of recovering from injury, and for our patient population this may have arisen due to trauma injury and/or critical illness. The process and ability for recovery varies for each individual but typically involves a range of clinical specialists to support a programme to maximise recovery which aims to commence early in hospital.
Our network provides rehabilitation within our critical care units, acute wards, inpatient rehabilitation units and the community.
Many people return home after an acute hospital stay, following rehabilitation assessment, bespoke activities and advice. Some patients have more complex needs requiring prolonged outpatient care or specialist inpatient rehabilitation. These may be provided by a range of NHS rehabilitation services, charities or specialist organisations.
A range of clinical specialists are involved in the provision of rehabilitation services,
these may include:
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Speech and language therapists
As a Network we provide a pathway of care through a range of settings.
Not all patients will require care at each stage of the pathway.
Possible stages include:
- Hyperacute: For patients who are no longer in critical care or high dependency units but still have unstable medical needs. Acute specialities still need to be immediately available for advice or management of complications.
- Acute inpatient: May take place in the Major Trauma Centre (MTC) or one of our Trauma Units (TU).
- Inpatient unit: Rehabilitation units provide further inpatient care prior to discharge home. The type of unit required will vary according to need. Some specialist units are outside of the Lancashire & South Cumbria region
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