RCN Foundation and SameYou launch call for partners to develop neuro rehabilitation education programme

SameYou’s partnership with nursing charity the RCN Foundation and their plans to develop a nurse practitioner training qualification have taken a step forward as the RCN Foundation launch an open call for applicants to develop and deliver an advanced practice neuro rehabilitation education programme for nurses. The advanced programme will be accredited at Masters Level and will be the first of its kind.

The aim of this pioneering new programme will be to enhance nurses’ skills and knowledge of neurological rehabilitation to support the mental, physical and cognitive needs of patients aged 18 to 40 years old from across the UK who have experienced an acquired brain injury (ABI) or stroke.

The delivery of the education programme is for a pilot period of 1 year and with a start date of September 2020, and was made possible by an online fundraising campaign fronted by SameYou founder and actor, Emilia Clarke in 2018.

The RCN Foundation aims to support and strengthen the nursing profession to improve the health and well-being of the public. A key priority for the Foundation is to invest in the future of nursing through research and education grants.

Neurological rehabilitation services across the UK vary widely and the need for investing in specialist neuro rehabilitation nursing is imperative, particularly for younger people. Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death within the UK, and the largest cause of complex disability (NHS, 2018). The Stroke Association (2018) reported that approximately 25% of strokes occur in adults under 65 years of age. Without future action, and with a growing population and longer life expectancy, these figures are expected to increase dramatically within the next 15 years. It is estimated that there will be 50% more people living with stroke associated disability by 2035 (NHS, 2018).

Deepa Korea, RCN Foundation Director, says:

“The Foundation is absolutely committed to developing this bespoke and critical neuro rehabilitation programme, and we are delighted to announce this competitive open call for applicants to take forward this important work.

The development of Advanced Practice Nurses within the field of cognitive and intellectual disability will support leadership, innovation, research and clinical development within the care pathway. With the statistics surrounding ABI and ABI-related disability increasing, it is imperative that effective neuro rehabilitation is taken into consideration when planning the development of health care.”

Jenny Clarke, Co-Founder, SameYou, says:

“We are delighted to be working with the RCN Foundation to create this first of its kind education programme to care for patients in a holistic way after brain injury and stroke. Emilia saw the need for improved neuro-rehabilitation after her brain haemorrhages.  This led to her launching SameYou to call for a revolution in the way recovery services are delivered. This programme is an important milestone in making a significant change.”

For more information, including details on how to apply, please click here.