Neuro-rehabilitation services play a critical role in supporting recovery and/ or maximising ability of those with neurological conditions.
These multi-disciplinary teams will provide specialist neuro-rehabilitation for those with complex needs who don’t require an in-patient stay and will also provide rehabilitation for those with neurological conditions who are moving back home from in-patient rehabilitation facilities.
A total of €900,000 has been set aside for development of the two teams in 2023, while the full year cost in 2024 is €1.7 million.
The recruitment process has now begun and the full teams are expected to be in place by the end of this year.
Announcing the establishment of the new teams, Minister Rabbitte commented,
I am very happy to see the continued roll out of the Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy and two more teams coming on stream in CHO2 and CHO4.
This has been one of my priorities since taking office as I know how great the need is for these services.
and she continued:
I have worked closely with the HSE to make these new multi-disciplinary teams a reality. They will provide much needed supports to many people with rehabilitative needs and I am delighted that we are seeing further progress in supporting people to maximise their abilities.
My intention is to keep expanding these teams over the years ahead and make sure there are clear support pathways in place for the people who need them.
Minister Rabbitte added:
While the Neuro-rehabilitation strategy is focused on adults, I am also currently looking at how we can support children and young people who need neuro rehabilitation.
My vision is that of a collaborative model that includes voluntary organisations alongside children’s hospitals and the Disability Network Teams and I look forward to providing further updates on this work as it progresses.