Each member of staff at Robbie’s Rehab is carefully chosen. Not only for their clinical specialist skill but also for their ability to integrate with the patient’s families and give them hope and confidence for the future. Here we concentrate on the key areas of physiotherapy and psychology:
Our physios assess their patients, the children, as early as possible. Gently and with huge understanding, they assess the child’s condition and potential. Then, with their family, the physios decide what is realistic in terms of objectives for improvement in, for example, the patient’s strength, flexibility, cardiovascular robustness and balance.
Formal reporting structures based around Goal-Based Outcome Measures are collected for all physiotherapy interventions. This means we can assess progress towards an agreed goal before and after intervention.
In the two years to May 2019, there have been 299 direct clinical contacts for 62 patients.
Where possible, our psychologists assess the children before surgery, chemotherapy ad radiotherapy. Comparisons with similar tests upon discharge mean the team have an informed view as to the patients sense of ‘normal’. As with physio, this leads to a Goal-Based Outcome Measure.
With enormous sensitivity, our psychologists can then treat the children in the areas of measuring mood, anxiety, trauma and quality of life.
Robbie’s Rehab staff meet the quality statement related to provision of rehabilitation following cancer treatment as part of NICE guidance for Cancer services for children and young people, 2014. Quality Service Standard 5:
“Children and young people (aged 0–24 years) who have had a central nervous system malignancy should receive a specialist neuro-rehabilitation care package”.