Spine injury Rehabilitation hospitals and services around England and Wales

The spinal injuries association (sia)
Website: www.spinal.co.uk
Helping all spinal injured people.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice

Website: www.helpwithtalking.com Can supply details of therapists by region or specific condition.

ARCOS - the Association for Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills
Tel: 0845 122 8697  Website: www.arcos.org.uk ARCOS is a national charity. We work with children and adults who have communication and eating (swallowing) difficulties, their families, carers and others involved. ARCOS provides information, advice, practical help, specialist therapy training and other services not readily available elsewhere.
British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM)

Website: www.bsrm.co.uk  Email: admin@bsrm.co.uk

The Society encourages doctors in all clinical specialties to be involved in education and research into the management of disability. Membership of the BSRM is open to all registered medical practitioners interested and concerned with its objectives.

Carers UK

Website: www.carersuk.org  Carers UK is a membership organisation of carers, led by carers for carers.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

14 Bedford Row  London WC1 4ED  Tel: 020 7306 6666  Website: www.csp.org.uk

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. It aims to support its members and help them to provide the highest standards of patient care.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

32 Twydall Lane Gillingham  Kent  ME8 6HX Tel: 01634 838 739  Website: www.thecbf.org.uk  Email: info@thecbf.org.uk

Provide an info service, fact sheets, support network to improve the lives and conditions of people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, their immediate family and carers.

Care Choices ltd

Valley Court  Croyden  Herts  SG8 0HF Tel: 0800 389 2077  Website: www.carechoices.co.uk

Care Choices Ltd offers a free residential/care home search service. The company has a database of care homes, nursing homes, elderly accommodation and similar establishments throughout the UK.


Contact a Family

Contact a Family 209-211 City Road  London  EC1V 1JN Tel: 020 7608 8700  Web: www.cafamily.org.uk  Fax: 020 7608 8701  Helpline:  0808 808 3555 (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)  Textphone: 0808 808 3556

Contact a Family is the only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children - no matter what their health condition. We also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis. Each year we reach at least 250,000 families.

Commission for Social Care Inspection

Website: www.csci.org.uk

Looking for a care home? Get free, independent reports on the quality of your local homes and care services to help you make an informed choice.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)

380-384 Harrow Road London W9 2HU  Tel: 020 7289 6111  Website: www.dlf.org.uk  Helpline: 0845 130 9177  Email: advice@dlf.org.ukText phone: 020 7432 8009  Helpline - 0845 130 9177 (charge at Local Call Rate). Opening times are 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. The text phone number is 020 7432 8009.

DLF are the leading source of information on disability equipment Solutions for Independent Living. For 35 years the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has helped older and disabled people find equipment solutions that enable them to lead independent lives. We aim to help people achieve greater mobility and independence and to confront barriers excluding them from living a full and productive life at home, at work and in their leisure time.
From wheelchairs to scooters, stairlifts to hoists, jar openers to tap turners - large or small, whatever your needs, the DLF can help. Every year our Advice Services responds to 30,000 requests for information from older and disbaled people, their families and carers and occupational therapists. The funds you raise help us achieve these goals and, more importantly, help people with disabilities.

Equipment centre - (020) 7289 - 6111 ext.247. Opening times are 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Please book an appointment.

Disability Alliance Education and Research Association

Universal house  88-89 Wentworth Street  London  E1 7SA Tel: 020 7247 8776  Website: www.disabilityalliance.org  Fax: 020 7802 8250

Aims to break the link between poverty and disability.


The Back-Up Trust

The Back-Up Trust The Business Village  Broomhill Road   Wandsworth .  London  SW18 4JQ Telephone: 020 8875 1805 Fax: 020 8870 3619 E: admin@backuptrust.org.uk W: www.backuptrust.org.uk

Back-Up does not think it is enough to tell a newly paralysed person what they are still capable of. We provide the environment, support and opportunity for people to prove it to themselves. Back-Up's year round programme of activity courses and events are not disabled holidays, but challenging, integrated courses for able-bodied and spinally injured people. The courses give people back the self-belief, motivation and independence, which spinal cord  injury takes away. The results are inspirational and life changing. How does The Back-Up Trust operate? Back-Up is an energetic, up-beat charity, motivated by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we receive from our participants. All our courses are fully integrated with equal numbers of paralysed participants and able bodied volunteer "buddies". Back-Up works closely with the other charities for spinally injured people and the UK hospitals which have specialist spinal injury units, such as Stoke Mandeville. To maximise the number of spinally injured people we help and keep our costs to a minimum, Back-Up employs only a small staff team and relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers, many of whom are former beneficiaries, in all areas of its work. Back-Up receives no government or statutory funding and depends entirely on voluntary contributions and the fundraising efforts of our supporters to survive.  How did The Back-Up Trust first begin? The Back-Up Trust was founded in 1986 by Mike Nemesvary, a tetraplegic and former British and European Freestyle Champion and James Bond stunt double, whose life was devastated after he broke his neck during a workout on a trampoline in the mid 1980's. Despite being paralysed from the shoulders down, he was determined to get back to the life he enjoyed. An appeal was launched and, thanks to its success, the charity was set up to help others in a similar position.

Expert Witness Directory

Helpline: 020 7393 7780  Website: www.legalhub.co.uk


Equality and Human Rights Commission

Helpline (England): 0845 604 6610  Helpline (Wales): 0845 604 5510  Helpline (Scotland): 0845 604 8810  Website:  www.equalityhumanrights.com

The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations.

Independent Living Fund

Independent Living Funds  PO Box 7525 Nottingham NG2 4ZT Tel: 0845 601 8815  Website: www.ilf.org.uk  Fax: 0115 945 0945  Email: client.service@ilf.org.uk

The funds were set up as a national resource dedicated to the financial support of disabled people enabling them to choose to live in the community rather than residential care.

Neurological Alliance

The Neurological Alliance Stroke House 240 City Road, London EC1V 2PR Tel: 020 7566 1540  Website: www.neural.org.uk  Email: admin@neural.org.uk

The Neurological Alliance is a wide range of neurological charities which have come together to make life better for people in the UK with a neurological condition. Our aims are to raise awareness of neurological conditions and their impact; inform and influence policy makers about the needs of people with neurological conditions; secure the highest standards of service and improved care for people with neurological conditions; promote research and the dissemination of information about neurological conditions.

NHS Direct / NHS 24 / NHS Direct Wales

Tel: 0845 46 47 (NHS Direct England & Wales)  Tel: 08454 242424 (NHS 24 Scotland)  Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk (England)  Website: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk (Wales)  Website: www.nhs24.com (Scotland) Medical advice from qualified nurses.

Office of the Public Guardian

Tel: 0845 330 2900  Website: www.publicguardian.gov.uk

The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Email: info@carers.org  Website: www.carers.org  Tel: (020) 7480 7788 (advice line)  Fax: (020) 7481 4729

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK.


Rehab UK

Borough Buildings 58-72 John Bright Street  Birmingham  United Kingdom  B1 1BN Tel: 0121 616 3900  Website: www.rehabuk.org

Rehab UK provides assessment, training and development programmes that enable people with disabilities to break into the workforce. Operates a number of brain injury vocational centres and training programmes for people with mental health problems. Aims to support marriage and family life. Relate has a range of literature and can refer to local branches for individual counselling services.

Rehab UK's BICs can be contacted at:

Birmingham Brain Injury Centre
Borough Buildings, 58-72 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN Tel 0121 616 3900 Fax 0121 616 3909

London Brain Injury Centre
21 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY Tel 0207 378 0505 Fax 0207 403 4219

Tyne and Wear Brain Injury Centre
Melbourne House, Melbourne Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE1 2JQ Tel 0191 232 0234 Fax 0191 230 4307

Herbert Gray College
Little Church Street  Rugby Warwickshire CV21 3AP Helpline: 0300 100 1234  Website:
www.relate.org.uk  Fax: 01788 535007

Relatives and Residents Association

Tel: 020 7359 8136  Website: www.relres.org Provides information and support about care homes.

Royal Association for Disability And Rehabilitation (RADAR)

12 City forum 250 City Road London EC1V 8AF Tel: 020 7250 3222  Website: www.radar.org.uk  Fax: 020 7250 0212  Email: radar@radar.org.uk  Minicom: 0207 250 4119

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)

Helpline: 0303 123 9999  Website: www.rnib.org.uk Supporting people with sight problems

1 Royal Street  London SE1 7LL Tel: 020 7261 9572  Website: www.speakability.org.uk  Fax: 020 7928 9542  Helpline: 0808 808 9572

Assists those with speech difficulties.



Tel: 0845 345 1972  Website: www.vitalise.org.uk  Email: info@vitalise.org.uk

Vitalise provides respite care and short breaks for disabled people and carers.

The activities of ASPIRE include purchasing specialist equipment, creating personal development training courses, short term housing; research into technology to benefit people with disabilities and promoting integration between disabled and non-disabled people through sport. ASPIRE  Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, London, HA7 4AP Telephone: 020 8954 5759  Email: info@aspire.org.uk Website: www.aspire.org.uk

Warwick House, Roydon Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5PX, Telephone: 01279 635999
Fax: 01279 632000 Minicom: 01279 632213, (Opening hours: 8.45am till 5.15pm Monday to Friday), Website:

Motability Scheme

  Motability - the leading car scheme for disabled people. For most people, a car is an essential part of everyday life, but for a disabled person it is often their lifeline. Motability's car and wheelchair schemes currently provide freedom and independence to around 400,000 disabled people and their families, across the UK. The Motability Scheme was set up on the initiative of the Government in 1977, to provide cars and powered wheelchairs to disabled people. The first Motability car was supplied in 1978 and since then more than 1.6 million cars and powered wheelchairs have been provided. The Scheme is directed and overseen by Motability, a national charity, which also raises funds and makes grants to people who would otherwise be unable to join the Scheme. How the Motability Scheme works: Disabled people can use their government-funded mobility allowance to lease or buy a car, powered wheelchair/scooter through one of four main schemes:

· A three-year Contract Hire Scheme to lease a new car.

· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a new car, over a term of four to five years.

· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a used car, over a term of two to five years.

· A Hire Purchase Scheme to buy a new powered wheelchair or scooter, over a term of one to three years.

By far the most popular is the Contract Hire Scheme, which offers customers a brand new car of their choice, from a wide-ranging list of approved manufacturers, on a three-year lease. All maintenance and servicing costs are included, together with comprehensive insurance and breakdown cover. Who can apply? To be eligible to join the Motability Scheme, applicants must be in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, which must ideally be awarded for long enough to complete the full length of their chosen agreement. Children from the age of three and non-drivers can also apply for cars as passengers, provided they receive the correct allowance. Once a customer has chosen which scheme they wish to join, they then agree to pay over all, or part, of their allowance to Motability, depending on their choice of  car/ wheelchair, for the duration of their contract hire, or hire purchase agreement. Motability Accredited Suppliers All Motability Scheme cars and wheelchairs/scooters are available through a national network of over 3,500 Motability accredited suppliers. To become accredited, the suppliers are regularly inspected on-site to meet a set of standards, which are set by Motability, in order to ensure that all customers receive a first class service.

Adaptations to cars For most Motability customers, a standard production car is suitable for their needs, but special adaptations are needed for around 10 per cent of customers, to enable them to drive safely, or travel in comfort as a passenger. Providing additional financial help Motability also awards various grants to help those customers who need additional financial help. These grants go towards a range of essential vehicle adaptations and conversions, extra payments towards a chosen car and to assist in the funding of driving lessons. As well as administering government-funded grants, Motability makes its own charitable grants. Motability's fundraising team exists to help meet this demand and raises money in a variety of ways, with the help of individual supporters, corporate support and events, trusts and appeals and employee fundraising initiatives.

For further information about the Motability Scheme, please telephone 0845 456 4566, or visit the Motability website at www.motability.co.uk

Motability Car Scheme:
Motability Operations, City Gate House, 22 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HB
Telephone: 0845 456 4566 (Opening hours: 8.30am till 5.30pm Monday to Friday)
Minicom: 0845 675 0009 (for those who have a hearing impairment and use a minicom system)

Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme:
route2mobility, Newbury Road, Enham Alamein, Andover, Hampshire
SP11 6JS, Telephone: 0845 60 762 60 (Opening hours: 8am till 6pm Monday to Friday)
Fax: 01264 384482


Website: http://www.apparelyzed.com/spinalunits.html

Information on spinal injuries and rehabilitation


Rooprai Spinal Trust


The Rooprai Spinal Trust, Manufactory House, Bell Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1BP, Tel: 01438 226365, Info Pack: 08000 21 30 34, Email: info@rstrust.com, Website: www.rstrust.com

Marrianne Rooprai is the inspiration behind the 'Rooprai Spinal Trust'. It's hoped that Marrianne's strength and determination will give others hope and that her dealings with 'spinal injury' will educate others blissfully unaware of the suffering that could happen to anyone. Prior to June 13th 2004, Marrianne was a fun loving, bubbly 27 year old with her whole life in front of her. Marrianne had started her own hospitality business in Hertfordshire with her partner Andrew and had spent the last 12 months making contact with sporting events throughout the world. On June 13th 2004 Marrianne, was paralysed from the shoulders down. Today Marrianne’s strive for recovery continues. A true inspiration for us all. Trust Objectives: The Rooprai Spinal Trust has one major goal. That goal is to help as many people as possible that have been affected by spinal injury. In order to achieve this goal the trustees, the trust manager and everybody associated with RST have drawn up a list of objectives they wish to achieve. It is important to realise that the trust is very much in its infancy, as we grow so too will our hopes and aspirations. The trust will supply ‘scholarships’ to successful applicants for a variety of reasons. To begin with the scholarships will be based on financing equipment that will make people with spinal injuries lives easier. As the trust grows, the scholarships will broaden and allow those who wish to do so, to follow Marrianne’s recovery path. RST will be providing financial support to ‘The Osborn Spinal Unit’. It is hoped our support will help make the lives of future patients easier. RST will support other charities in their quest to find a cure for paralysis. After all we all have one common goal. We are in negotiations with a globally recognised foundation based in America. We hope to work together and bring their support to our shores….We will keep you posted. Marrianne is very much the inspiration for RST. Without Marrianne the trust wouldn’t exist. We plan to use Marrianne as an ambassador for RST. Marrianne will be at the forefront in the fight against paralysis. Any success Marrianne finds will be passed on for others.

Belfast Spinal Cord Injuries Unit,
Musgrave Park Hospital,  Stockman's Lane Balmoral,  Belfast
BT9 7JBTel: 028 9066 9501

The International Spinal Injuries & Rehabilitation Centre,
Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital
Buckingham Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 3AB Tel: 01296 330 575

Website: http://www.royalbucks.co.uk/rehabilitation.htm

National Medical Rehabilitation Centre,
Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Eire SB 30 Tel: 00-353-12854-777

Glasgow : Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit,
Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Road,  Glasgow G51 4TF Tel: 0141 2012555 Website

Hexham: Regional Spinal Injuries Centre,
Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre, Middlesborough. Tel: 01434 655 604/5

Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre,
James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road Middlesbrough TS4 3BW

Use this forum for The Northern Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre opened at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough in 2002. The South Cleveland Hospital and Middlesbourough General hospital were used as temporary spinal centres whilst the new spinal unit was being built. Thefore, the Middlesborough forum may be used for any spinal requests, just remember to say which unit you were in and when! Tel: 01642˛850850 Website

Oswestry: The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries,
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire,
SY10 7AGTel: 01691 404655

Rookwood: Rookwood Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Unit,
Rookwood Hospital,  Fairwater Road,  Llandaff, Cardiff
CF5 2YNTel: 029 2041 5415

Salisbury: The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital,

Odstock Road, Salisbury, SP2 8BJ Tel: 01722 336 262 Website

Sheffield Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, Northern General Hospital,
Osborne Building, Herries Road, Sheffield S5 7AU Tel: 0114 2715644

SouthportSouthport Regional Spinal Injuries Centre,

Southport and Formby General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport
PR8 6NJ Tel: 01704 547471

Stanmore The London Spinal Injuries Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital,
Brockley Hill, Stanmore HA7 4LP Tel: 020 8954 2300

Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Injuries Centre,
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Bucks
HP21 8AL Tel: 01296 315 000

Wakefield - Pinderfields Yorkshire Regional Spinal Unit, Pinderfields General Hospital,
Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4DG Tel: 01924 201 688

Leonard Cheshire Disability UK Services

We are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services to disabled people. Supporting around 21,000 people in the UK, we offer a wide and growing spectrum of services, from advice on how to access direct payments to providing rehabilitation to those with acquired brain injuries.

Please browse through the menu options beside this page to find out more about the range of services we provide.

Our expertise spans across a broad range of client groups including:

people with physical and sensory impairments  people with learning disabilities  young people looking to take their next steps towards a more independent lifestyle  children  older people  people with an acquired brain injury

Telephone: 020 3242 0307



The Old Convent,  Beeches Green,   Stroud,     Gloucestershire    GL5 4AD Telephone no. : 01453 755557
info@physability-uk.com www.physability-uk.com

Physability has one prime objective:

"To improve the quality of our clients' lives through functional fitness".

Through a positive working partnership, Physability is committed to:

· Collaborative goal-setting between client and therapist, ensuring that the rehabilitation programme is directed towards mastering skills that the client values and is likely to use.

· Optimising fitness and redefining the boundaries and constraints that the conditions of paralysis may impose on our clients.

· Reducing the threat of secondary impairments (respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic alterations and muscular dysfunction) post-acute care.

· Providing post therapy support such as exercise advice, nutritional advice, exercise equipment and technical support where required.  

Our approach to rehabilitation is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from the original concept developed by the Dikul Institute in Russia in combination with disciplines from sport and exercise science (physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports injuries) and complimentary therapies (reflexology, remedial massage and aromatherapy). There is further professional input from Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Shiatsu practitioners who have been working with individuals affected by paralysis since 1994.

Recent additions to our Exercise Therapy programme include the use of Neuro 4 Trophic Electrical Stimulation developed by Physiotherapist Diana Farragher OBE, MSc Grad dip Phys, Dip TP, FCSP. Following the success and extensive research of Diana Farragher's work, we have incorporated the use of Trophic Electrical Stimulation into our main exercise-therapy programme.  

We are also working in close partnership with Mike O'Hara, the pioneer of the O'Hara Technique specialising in hand and arm function. Mike O'Hara has been working with individuals affected by spinal cord injury, stroke, head injury and Multiple Sclerosis since the introduction of Dikul therapy to the U.K.

An interdisciplinary approach to movement rehabilitation stresses the need to measure the effects of various therapies that make up rehabilitation at the Centre. Physability's advisory team (Osteopath Tony Nevin DO, Homeopath, Dr Elfie Klinger and Jan Lloyd-Jones MBAcC, MBMLA) together with regular client feedback ensures that all of our services are constantly monitored, helping us to maintain and improve the quality and delivery of our therapy.  

The essence of our approach is to ensure that each client has a team of dedicated therapists and specialists focused on providing the right therapy in the right way at the right time. Our programmes are hard work and we make no guarantees, but ultimately all of our clients make progress.





Rehabilitation Service Providers in England and Wales ….


Call Andrew Ritchie QC

Tel: 0207 832 0500

E-mail: aritchie@9goughsquare.co.uk

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