Newsletter: Issue 6                                        October 2016

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to the latest edition of the Greater Manchester (GM) Neuro-Rehabilitation Newsletter.

New Starter
We would like to introduce a new member of our team, Gemma Smith, who joined us in September to support the service improvement and training & education work-streams for GM neuro-rehabilitation services. Gemma joins us from the Salford stroke physiotherapy service - welcome Gemma!

GM Neurological Alliance joins our Board
We are delighted to announce that Deb Troops, Chair of the Greater Manchester Neurological Alliance (GMNA), has joined our Board. The aim of the GMNA is to improve the lives of people affected by neurological conditions and brings together people and organisations to affect change.

NHS England Case Manager
Paul Buckley joins the NHS England NW specialist commissioning team as Complex Rehabilitation Case Manager. Paul will be working with the Greater Manchester region and will be on-hand to support the neuro-rehabilitation service with complex discharge cases.

Clinical Effectiveness in Community Neuro-Rehabilitation Services
The community clinical effectiveness group is in the process of finalising the specification for community neuro-rehabilitation services, following feedback from the consultation period which ended in September. The specification includes a set of measures so that we can measure the whole pathway and benchmark services in different parts of the region. Working with community teams and commissioners we are also about to embark on a 'gap analysis' to identify any areas where the current services fall short of the service specification, so that we can work with commissioners and providers to identify solutions.

Training, Education, Events:
1) Spasticity Management Training

The Training & Education group has developed Spasticity Management Training, with the first training session being held on the 7th December. Places on the course filled rapidly and the event is now full! We are however still accepting people onto a waiting list, should places become available. For further details please visit our website.

2) Therapeutic Handling Study Day
Manchester Metropolitan University are hold a therapeutic handling study day on Saturday 5th November. For further details about the course please here.

3) Social Care Training: UK Stroke Forum
The UK Stroke Forum is holding a social care training event on 28th November. Click here for further details.

4) BSRM Annual Scientific Meeting
The BSRM is holding their annual scientific meeting in Manchester on the 21st-23rd November. Click here for further details.

Clinical Effectiveness Group: Peer Review
The peer review visits to our neuro-rehabilitation inpatient services were completed this month. We are compiling reports from the visits and will utilise the valuable information gained to share good practice across the region, to help standardise the services and to support our programme of continuous improvement of services.

Patient Flow Group
The patient flow group is currently focusing their efforts on two key works areas:
1) working with Salford Royal NHSFT information management team on the development of a bed management system to help to improve the bed usage across the region and to provide service performance information
2) developing a standardised referral form and process for patients referred to the intermediate neuro-rehabilitation units

Following these two pieces of work, the group will begin to consider standards/guidelines to support effective discharge planning.

Discharge Planning
As part of our work to improve discharge planning from neuro-rehabilitation services, we are working with GM continuing healthcare (CHC) leads to:
  • support timely advice about, and processing of, CHC applications
  • develop standardised documentation for Greater Manchester (for example, assessment forms, consent forms)
  • understand the demand for nursing home care for people with complex neurological disabilities
We're also working with local authorities to develop a model for a social worker/complex discharge service to be embedded within the neuro-rehabilitation service. 

1) Botulinum toxin type A: Use in Adults Consultation

The Botulinum toxin type A – Use in Adults document is available for comment on the GMMMG website until 11th November 2016. Please click here to access.

2) NICE: Suspected Neurological Conditions Guideline Engagement
NICE are looking for applications to take part in a targeted engagement event in 2017 regarding neurological conditions guidelines. Please click here for further details.

3) NHS England: Funding Decisions Consultation
NHS England has launched a consultation about how decisions will be made on funding of treatments not currently routinely commissioned, including individual funding requests. To access the consultation, please click here.

1) Stroke RCP Guidelines 

The Royal College of Physicians has recently published the 5th edition of the national guidelines for stroke. Please click here to access the guidelines.

2) MS Society Publication 

The MS society conducted a survey called ‘My MS My Needs’ earlier in 2016. Please click here to read the report from the survey.

3) 2015-16 Annual Report
Look out for our 2015-16 annual report which will be published on our website soon.

Get in Touch
Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to future editions of the newsletter or if there are topics that you'd like to become involved in or see featured in the newsletter, thanks.

Fayez Morcos

ODN Clinical Lead


Zoe Coombe
ODN Manager

0161 2062108

Gemma Smith
ODN Facilitator
0161 2064126

Lisa Chadwick
ODN Administrator
0161 2062109


Upcoming Events

Clinical Effectiveness Group
11th November 2016

Patient Flow Group
18th November 2016

Spasticity Management Workshop
7th December 2016


Find details of all of our meetings/events by visiting our website.

Where are we?

The Neuro-Rehab ODN is based at:

Summerfield House
544 Eccles New Road
M5 5AP


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The Network brings together providers and commissioners from both health and social care in Greater Manchester to develop neuro-rehabilitation services. The aim of the Network is to enhance the experience of individuals using neuro-rehabilitation services, to improve the care pathway and prevent unnecessary delays and to improve treatment and care outcomes through person-centred approaches.

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