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Setting the standards for SCI rehab and psychological care

New standards for the specialist rehabilitation of spinal cord injury, and for SCI people with psychological or mental health needs, have now been published.

NHS England brought together the eight Spinal Centres across England, along with NHS commissioners and expert patient representation, to develop these sets of recommended standards, with the aim of ensuring clinical consensus amongst the English Spinal Centres and a consistent pathway and clinical care for SCI patients from diagnosis to lifelong care.

We were delighted to be involved in this process, to help ensure that the patient perspective was fully represented during the development of these standards. Both sets of standards have been endorsed by MASCIP (the Multidisciplinary Association of SCI Professionals), BASCIS (the British Association of Spinal Cord Injuries Specialists) and BSPRM (the British Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine). The hope is that these broad-ranging, expert set of recommendations will help to drive change and the development of better services, and ensure SCI people can secure access to consistent and excellent services across the various spinal centres

Download the full sets of standards below:

If you have any questions regarding these standards, please email our campaigns manager, Dave Bracher.