Team around the child

Our approach to rehabilitation places the child and their family and the centre of what we do, surrounding them with a team of highly skilled specialists, each of whom plays a different key role in supporting the child and their family, and contributing to the progress of the child.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team

The child/young person and their family are at the centre of the team. Doctors monitor the child’s medical status, prescribe medication and liaise with medical colleagues, particularly around discharge. All medical care is coordinated by our Medical Director, Gareth Morgan, an experienced consultant paediatrician. Gareth is supported by a team of medical professionals from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. Outside of these hours, nurse-led care is supported by the local GP service and Epsom General Hospital. Nurses assess the child’s health needs and liaise with the medical staff to ensure that those medical needs are treated and health is maintained. Child support assistants and support staff work alongside their registered colleagues to deliver rehabilitation and education programmes. The nurses and support assistants work collaboratively with the team to ensure that our 24-hour approach to rehabilitation is delivered and the child’s holistic needs are met. Clinical psychologists work with the child and their family, providing a confidential space for the child to express their anxieties or to develop an understanding of their situation. They may carry out a formal assessment of the child’s thinking skills, for example their reasoning skills and memory. Educational psychologists help children to fulfil their potential in the classroom and provide support with identifying educational and/or vocational provision that will best optimise the child or young person’s opportunities for learning and achievement. Family therapists provide a safe and supportive space for those supporting a child during their rehabilitation, to think and talk about their situation, explore difficulties and build on their strengths. Health play specialists use therapeutic and developmental play techniques and can help children and young people express anxieties about medical procedures and use distraction to manage this. Music therapists use music experiences to provide emotional support and develop skills, which in turn allow the child to explore communication and emotions through music. Occupational therapists enable children to take part in the everyday things they do to occupy themselves and develop routines for ‘real-life’ situations. This may include dressing, preparing a meal, playing or accessing the community. Physiotherapists help children with their movement, posture and sense of independence. Play therapists give children a confidential space in which they can use language of play to communicate their anxieties and work through their worries. Speech and language therapists help children build their communication skills, as well as helping with difficulties in eating and drinking. Administrative staff help secure funding for placements, prepare reports, plan meetings and support other team members. Teachers provide educational support for children based on the core areas of Maths, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).  This service is delivered in collaboration with Surrey Teaching Centre. Social workers engage with families and assist them by assessing, facilitating, planning and advocating for the needs of the whole family, both within The Children’sTrust and with their local services. They also ensure that safeguarding is at the heart of our rehabilitation approach. Leisure coordinators organise activities and outings to ensure the children and young people we support not only have fun but also remain motivated to work hard at their rehabilitation programmes. Site services staff look after the buildings, grounds and moving things about the site. This includes porters, the maintenance team, IT team and gardeners. Catering staff provide daily meals for children, families and staff. Volunteers support the teams in various ways such as helping with the children and young people, driving our vehicles, completing administrative task or gardening.

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