Priory Elm Park, in Essex, is a specialist neurobehavioural rehabilitation service for assessing, treating and discharging people with complex neurological needs following an acquired brain injury (ABI), or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Adapting during the coronavirus outbreak
Maria Goodman, Hospital Director of Priory Elm Park, discusses how her team has adapted to support their current patients and continue to assess and admit patients during this challenging time
After a brain injury, people may experience cognitive, behavioural and emotional changes. We ensure that patient treatment plans address these needs to support them to access other areas of rehabilitation.
The main emphasis of the treatment and rehabilitation offered at Elm Park is to enable patients to have increased opportunities for choice, autonomy, and empowerment over their own life and to obtain the optimum level of independence that their potential allows.
Individualised and goal-orientated treatment plans are devised with patients, within a discharge pathway of agreed duration, specifically tailored to meet their needs. This is provided within a homely environment with the purpose of supporting patients to achieve a valued social role both within the community and whilst within groups of peers and family members.
The services are provided at Elm Park and two community houses - Elm House and Elm Cottage.
We have a total of 24 beds split across the three units:
- Elm Park - 17-bedded rehabilitation brain injury service for males
- Elm House - 4-bedded community rehabilitation brain injury service for males and females
- Elm Cottage - 3-bedded community rehabilitation brain injury service for males and females
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Therapy is delivered in individual and group settings. The goal is to bring about change by coaching, modelling, practical exercises and reinforcement in practice throughout the day.
Patients are supported to enhance self-control and give a sense of empowerment.
During a patient's stay at Elm Park they will have their own rehabilitation programme which will be reviewed on a regular basis. Using a neurobehavioural model, we provide individualised rehabilitation programmes focused on evidence-based treatments, which include:
- Risk management
- Positive behaviour support plan
- Psychiatric interventions
- Cognitive strategies and compensatory aids
- Functional skills
- Speech, language and communication skills
- Physical health management plans
- Standardised assessment measures
- Physical health including working towards healthy eating, fitness plans and male health clinics
- 'My Shared Pathway' health plan to keep a record of all your health needs
The rehabilitation programme aims to support successful, sustainable discharge to the community. This may include a successful transition to our step-down service such as Elm House or Elm Cottage, within our pathway, where residents can practice their skills in a more community-based setting, supported by the staff.
The programme is delivered by an expert transdisciplinary team, which ensures consistency of rehabilitation 24/7, not just in timetabled sessions, helping patients learn and consolidate new skills for independent living. Treatment plans are continuously reviewed in line with individual needs and progress, but care plans are formally reviewed regularly.
Elm Park is a member of the INPA:
Enquiries and Referrals
For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form