Specialist rehabilitation audit reports good early progress

Published: 08 Dec 2015

The National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Needs Following Major Injury has reported an enthusiastic reception since launching earlier this summer.

The three-year programme, commissioned by HQIP as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), went live in July 2015 and is conducted in partnership with the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) and led by a tripartite partnership between:

  • The UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UKROC), London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), Manchester University
  • The Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London

The audit will provide a national comparative assessment of the organisation, quality, outcomes and efficiency of specialist rehabilitation services provided for adults with complex needs following major injury (physical injury caused by events such as road traffic accidents, falls etc). It will seek to drive improved and equitable access to specialist rehabilitation services for these patients.

The work has begun with an organisational audit to identify specialist rehabilitation services and map pathways of care.

“We are very pleased with the responses we have had so far and would welcome patients and carers who would to get in touch to find out more.” said project lead Roxanna Vanderstay from King’s College.

Find out more about the programme and how to get in touch

Including the organisational audit, the programme has three main elements:

  • An organisational audit to identify the specialist rehabilitation services providing care to trauma patients, and to map the pathways of care into and out of these services (July 2015-June 2016)
  • A prospective clinical audit of new patients presenting within the major trauma centres who have complex needs and receive specialist rehabilitation (July 2016-June 2017)
  • A feasibility study for identifying the pathway and outcomes for patients who require specialist rehabilitation on discharge from major trauma centres, but do not subsequently attend (June 2017-January 2018)

To find out more visit the Kings College, London website