During your relative’s stay in an SCI Centre, you are likely to meet a wide range of specialist healthcare professionals. These will include all the people responsible for looking after your family member. Each SCI Centre will have different members of staff dealing with differing aspects of the injured person’s care.
The following members of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team are likely to be involved:
- A Spinal Injury Consultant together with a team of other doctors who are responsible for delivering the day-to-day medical care
- The Head Nurse (Matron) is responsible for the overall nursing management of the centre
- The Ward Sister (Ward Manager) is responsible for the smooth running of the ward
- A “named nurse” will be assigned to support your relative throughout their rehabilitation
- Physiotherapists, working as part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team, aim to maximise the physical potential of each individual.
- The Occupational Therapists’ (OTs) main focus is helping the individual to regain as much independence as possible. They will work with your relative on daily living skills such as eating and drinking, washing and dressing to maximise their potential
- Clinical Psychologists provide support to help your relative identify and manage the emotional challenges they face, and to find ways of coping more effectively as they learn to adjust with SCI. Psychologists can also help your relative manage their pain if this is an issue for them