Spinal Injuries Centre scoops care honour

THE National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has scooped a coveted international accreditation of excellence.

The centre near Aylesbury, has been awarded the highest level of Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a further three year period in recognition of its for its care for adults and children with spinal cord injuries.

The accreditation highlights the centre’s ‘dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of its patients’.

It is the only NHS spinal injuries centre in England and Wales to achieve accreditation and the young person’s unit, the only centre of its kind in Europe.

Claire Guy, rehabilitation programme lead at the centre, said: “We are delighted with this re-accreditation which is a result of all the hard work and dedication of our staff at the NSIC. This award gives us a strong foundation to further develop our services and to ensure the NSIC continues to be at the forefront of spinal cord injury care.”

CARF is an internationally recognised independent body that evaluates standards in rehabilitation care around the world.

The accolade follows rigorous evaluation by assessors who visited the centre looking at all aspects of the rehabilitation programme for patients staying in hospital and those attending appointments.

The evaluation also highlighted that services, personnel, and documentation ‘clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence’.

Many patients arrive at the centre following a traumatic event like a car accident where they undergo intensive rehabilitation to help rebuild their lives.