15 july 2017
As featured in this week’s Salisbury Journal – Dr Amber Johnston is the Clinical Psychologist who leads the Allied Health Professional
(AHP) team at Glenside. Each service user admitted to Glenside has a neurological condition or acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, neurological disease, or progressive diagnosis. As part of the neurorehabilitation services provided, Glenside has a full complement of therapy disciplines, including Clinical Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Languages therapists, Dieticians and Podiatrists.
Rehabilitation is considered to be a full time activity and the therapy team are always devising ways to ensure service users practice new learning outside of formal therapy sessions. This ensures continued strengthening of the recovery of emotional, cognitive and physical abilities.
The AHP team work with the clinical ward staff to tailor-make a rehabilitation program to enable each individual to achieve their goals. The rehabilitation programs are implemented and reviewed by qualified therapists and maintained by Therapy Assistants and Rehabilitation Assistants within each service. This means that all Rehabilitation Assistants have an active responsibility within their role to learn new skills to promote the rehabilitation of the service users.
There is an ethos of joint working across professions to offer new and interesting opportunities to our service users. For instance, the vocational project linked with the national charity organization The Trussell Trust, involved multiple therapy disciplines working together to support service users to identify individual cognitive and social goals that can be achieved in a work-like setting. Any profit gained is then returned to the charity.
Other vocational activities also help to give service users the opportunity to learn skills which they could use on return into the community, such as doing the mail round, or running the mobile shopping trolley. Additional specialties of the AHP team include developing programs for service users to help with their understanding of their injuries, emotional adjustment, communication strategies, mobility and adaptive equipment, and behaviour management strategies.
The therapy team has a clear supervision structure and maintains a culture to allow Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Therapy Assistants are supported to gain experience and learn the specialist skills in their particular discipline and have a high success rate in getting on to a Degree course in their chosen discipline.
Photo supplied by Salisbury Journal ref DC7758P04.