A Neurological Rehabilitation Unit based at Kendray Hospital in Barnsley has recently been accredited by the UK specialist Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UKROC).
The unit, run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, includes specialist facilities designed to meet the needs of patients with traumatic and acquired brain injury, brain tumours, spinal injuries and neurological long term conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS) and progressive supranuclear palsy.
UKROC is part of a Department of Health programme which aims to develop a national database to collate information about inpatient rehabilitation.
The unit received an accreditation level 2B, which means that the service is recognised as able to provide care to people with complex neurological conditions and can now accept referrals of complicated neurological cases from other regions.
Augustin Iqbal, consultant physician, helped the unit to become accredited and said, “We have submitted data to the UKROC project team for two years, so receiving the accreditation is a great achievement. It means we’re recognised as a good provider and has a massive positive impact on service provision which will benefit both the service users and the Trust.
“The unit is now recognised as being in line with other services nationally and service users can be confident in the sustained high quality level of services.”
Steven Michael OBE, chief executive at the Trust said, “Having a neurological rehabilitation unit which is nationally recognised for providing high quality care is a great asset to Barnsley. Receiving the accreditation reflects the dedicated work of staff on the unit who strive to ensure the best possible care for those accessing the service.”