Improving Rehabilitation Services

NHS England’s work on rehabilitation is led by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Suzanne Rastrick.

It is focused on helping people remain as independent as possible, continuing to live their lives and, wherever possible, returning to work and occupation.

The work supports commissioners, services users, providers and clinicians to develop and improve rehabilitation services that respond to local needs.

Rehabilitation Commissioning Guidance – April 2016

The guidance is presented as a fully interactive PDF, containing links to the latest evidence and examples of good practice, along with practical advice to commission good quality rehabilitation including ten top-tips.

  • It describes what good looks like – from the perspective of patients and their families and how rehabilitation offers local solutions.
  • It covers the whole life course – adults and children – as well as the full range of rehabilitation for both mental and physical health.
  • It sets out an economic case for rehabilitation for the individual and society as a whole.

The Principles and Expectations for Good Adult Rehabilitation – June 2015

Describing what good rehabilitation should look like, this document offers a ‘national consensus’ on what kind of services people should expect.

It includes ten ‘principles and expectations’ that were designed by people who use rehabilitation services, carers, healthcare professionals, commissioners, strategic clinical networks and national clinical directors from NHS England.

It provides a basis for local dialogue between commissioners, service users and providers in improving rehabilitation services.

The Improving Rehabilitation Services Community of Practice

The community was founded to offer people interested in improving rehabilitation services a forum in which to share good practice and stimulate discussion and debate.

In collaboration with the NHS England team, NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Services delivers resources to support commissioners, providers, clinicians and service users to make local improvements.

These include webinars, vodcasts, snapshots of innovation in rehabilitation, soft intelligence bulletins and resources from the national rehabilitation conference #Rehab15.

For more information and to access resources from the community go to: NHS Networks, Improving Rehabilitation Services webpage and follow @NHSCSI.