The London Trauma System Rehabilitation Group

The Pan London Rehabilitation Group (PLTRG) was convened as part of the governance structure of the London Major Trauma System (LMTS) in 2010. Membership is comprised of Allied Health Professional and Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine from the four major trauma networks within the LMTS. The group seeks to ensure representation of trauma rehabilitation throughout the patient pathway.  

The PLTRG has met regularly since 2010 to support the LMTS to understand the rehabilitation needs of a large multicentre trauma service. NHS England – London region support the group to meet and develop key pieces of work to inform the development of pan London trauma rehabilitation.

The purpose of the group is to explore best practice and review rehabilitation within the LMTS. The overall aim of the group is to help shape the future of trauma rehabilitation and practice.

Our key objectives are:

  1. To provide clinical expertise into continuing the development of the rehabilitation pathways for trauma services in London.
  2. To set parameters for clinical quality and performance for rehabilitation practices.
  3. To determine the deliverables required to ensure improvements in rehabilitation delivery.
  4. To set out common principles and standards for trauma rehabilitation.
  5. To influence local, regional and national debate, guidance, best practice and commissioning on issues related to trauma rehabilitation.
  6. To work with national bodies in helping to shape the future of trauma rehabilitation services.

The group is currently chaired by Lucy Silvester, Consultant Allied Health Professional at St Georges Hospital. The group meets on a quarterly basis and reports directly into the Pan London Trauma ODN Steering Group chaired by Professor Karim Brohi. The groups Research lead is Dr Karen Hoffman Project lead for the National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for patients with complex needs following major injury.

Since 2010, the group has focused on the implementation of the Rehabilitation Prescriptions across the LMTS. Collaboration with the Trauma Audit and Research Network enabled large scale data collection on the trauma patients' broad rehabilitation needs following injury. This work continues and is informing national debate on the rehabilitation needs of a trauma system. The group works closely with the LMTS to identify the gaps in provision of rehabilitation for patients following trauma and has presented the findings of projects at a number of British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine conferences and audit meetings.

Information from the group has supported local discussion with commissioners of rehabilitation services to improve access to rehabilitation for patients following trauma.

On this page you will find links to presentations and posters and also further details of the PLTRG including terms of reference and previous minutes.

The group is currently chaired by Davina Richardson Clinical Service Lead Therapist Neurosciences Physiotherapist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The group meets on a quarterly basis and reports directly into the Pan London Trauma ODN Steering Group chaired by Professor Karim Brohi. The groups Research lead is Dr Karen Hoffman Project lead for the National Clinical Audit of Specialist Rehabilitation for patients with complex needs following major injury.
 
For further information about the group please contact: Davina Richardson at davina.richardson1@nhs.net
 

The PLTRG terms of reference can be found here.

PLTRG Meetings' Minutes

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Policy documents and guidelines

The Commissioning Guidance for Rehabilitation guidance is intended for use by clinical commissioning groups to support them in commissioning rehabilitation services for their local population. It also provides useful information for anyone with an interest in rehabilitation services, including:

  • What is rehabilitation, i.e. scope, breadth and depth
  • The components of good quality rehabilitation
  • How to know whether the services that are being commissioned are of good quality
  • How to compare rehabilitation services locally, regionally and nationally.

You can download the guidelines here.

This, and other guidance can be found on the NHS England site Improving Rehabilitation Services. You can also download the guidelines here.

The NICE Major Trauma guidelines  cover the organisation and provision of major trauma services in pre-hospital and hospital settings, including ambulance services, emergency departments, major trauma centres and trauma units.

Members of the Pan-London Rehabilitation Group
Chair: Davina Richardson Clinical Service Lead Therapist Neurosciences Physiotherapist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
 
Vice-chair: Natalie Marroney Major Trauma and Neurotherapies Team Lead, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
 
Research Lead: Karen Hoffman

Rehabilitation Medicine representation:

Dr Ajoy Nair, Alderbourne Rehabilitation Unit and Charing Cross Rehabilitation Unit, St Marys Major Trauma Unit

Dr Charlie Nyein, Regional Rehabilitaion Unit, Northwick Park

Dr Sancho Wong, Wolfson Centre, St Georges Hospital

Dr Clarence Liu, The Homerton Regional Rehabilitation Unit/The Royal London Hospital

Dr Eimear McGilloway, Kings College Hospital Major Trauma Centre and Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit. 


North West London Network Representatives:

Davina Richardson, Clinical Service Lead Neurosciences, St Marys Major Trauma Centre.
 
Natalie Marroney Major Trauma and Neurotherapies Team Lead, St Marys Major Trauma Centre.

North East London Network Representatives:

Karen Hoffman, Consultant therapist, The Royal London Major Trauma Centre.
 
Tara Donohoe, Major Trauma therapy lead, The Royal London Major Trauma Centre.
 
Clare Thomas, Homerton Regional Rehabilitation unit.

Southwest Representative:

Kate Galloway, Network Rehabilitation Director, Team Leader Physiotherapist, Royal Surrey County Trauma Unit.


South East Representatives:
 
Tracey Goodfellow, Clinical Lead Therapist (Trauma), Kings College Major Trauma Centre.
 
Lisa Fowler, Team Lead Occupational Therapist in Major Trauma Kings College Major Trauma Centre.
 

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