NHS England’s Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme Lead explains why guidance published today is a vital new tool for commissioners, patients, their families, clinicians and provider organisations:
In response to commissioners’ requests for support and guidance, today sees the publication of Commissioning Guidance for Rehabilitation.
This interactive PDF supports the commissioning of effective, high quality rehabilitation services, covering the whole life course and the full range of rehabilitation for both mental and physical health.
Although directed at Clinical Commissioning Groups, it also contains important information for patients, their families, clinicians and provider organisations.
It sets out an economic case for rehabilitation for the individual and society as a whole, while describing ‘what good looks like’ from the perspective of patients and their families. It contains links to the latest evidence and examples of good practice, along with practical advice to commission good quality rehabilitation including ten top-tips.
It explains how to compare rehabilitation services locally, regionally and nationally – and meet the objectives laid out in the Five Year Forward View. It can be used by local commissioners as the basis for conversations with the local population who use services, as well as senior managers and local providers.
I would like to thank all colleagues from our partner organisations – the guidance is something that we have developed together and would not have been possible without their support.
I offer my particular thanks to members of the steering group and the Rehabilitation Programme Board, including our lay representatives who helped us keep the focus on the people who use rehabilitation services.
This new guidance builds on our work with the Wessex Strategic Clinical Network, Rehabilitation is everyone’s business which was published in June 2015 and outlined the principles for good NHS adult rehabilitation services – and the expectations of those using them – service users, families and carers.
Next month Suzanne Rastrick, the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, will host a series of Improving Rehabilitation Services regional stakeholder events across the country.
As we know, rehabilitation should enable people of all ages to live fully inclusive lives. These events will have a ‘whole life’ focus, highlighting examples of innovation and good practice and bringing regional colleagues together to explore the issues to address regionally and locally.
Keep a look out for updates about these events and the ongoing rehabilitation work at NHS England.
Lindsey Hughes has been the Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme Lead at NHS England since 2014.
A registered Orthoptist, during her clinical practice she specialised in the visual rehabilitation of adults and children. In her 21 years of NHS service she has held various clinical and professional leadership roles in research, teaching and service delivery.
She held a number of roles in the British and Irish Orthoptic Society including a term of office as Vice Chairman following which she was awarded a fellowship of the society.
Lindsey is an honorary lecturer with the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at the University of Sheffield.