Quality requirement 4: Early specialist rehabilitation

People with LTNCs, who would benefit from rehabilitation, are to receive timely, ongoing, high quality rehabilitation services in hospital or other specialist setting to meet their continuing and changing needs. When ready, they are to receive the help they need to return home for ongoing community rehabilitation and support.

In-patient rehabilitation services established with links to ongoing support


Evidence of inter-disciplinary team working & communications across the board



Indicators of progress

Bernard et al (2010) found evidence from case studies that some hospital-based rehabilitation teams were working in an interdisciplinary way and that there were some dedicated in-patient specialist rehabilitation units, including intermediate rehabilitation units, providing a clear pathway into ongoing community rehabilitation and support.

Hoppitt et al (2011) found that nearly all patients reported having received at least one rehabilitative service during the previous 12-month period.

Inhibitors of progress

Bernard et al (2010) and Hoppitt et al (2011) both report lack of interdisciplinary working, or poor care-co-ordination, in some hospital settings.
Bernard et al also cite poor communication and information transfer as a problem.


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