On Friday 1st December, Psicon hosted a training morning for prospective rehabilitation assistants from the University of Kent.
The morning commenced with a talk from Hugh Brunskill, Service Lead of the Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP) Service, explaining the different types of neurorehabilitation offered to people with brain injuries and how these differ in the NHS and when offered privately.
Following this, Kizzie Mills (Occupational Therapist) introduced the role of occupational therapy in neurorehabilitation. This included: discussion around what is commonly assessed in brain injured clients; how occupational therapy goals link to goals from other disciplines in the multidisciplinary team and how these goals can be achieved.
Dawn Peerbhoy, Clinical Psychologist, then gave an overview of cognitive rehabilitation. She discussed: the aim of cognitive rehabilitation; factors which may affect this; cognitive aspects which are assessed such as executive functioning; managing memory problems and some examples of interventions which may be utilised.
The presentations were followed by a discussion led by Hugh Brunskill on the role of rehabilitation assistants in community neurorehabilitation services, supported by Lee Jamison, Neurorehabilitation Assistant, explaining his role and what activities he is involved in.
The NAP service at Psicon continues to expand its offerings by training, supervising and supporting university graduates and students in rehabilitation assistant roles.
Senior Assistant Psychologist