University College London (UCL)

With the support of dedicated fundraising by SameYou, University College London (UCL), led by UCL’s Professor Nick Ward and with the support of UCLH, are repurposing a web portal to deliver innovative virtual group sessions for up to 20 people via laptops, tablets and smartphones. Via the portal, sessions will be timetabled and patients will be invited to take part.

The sessions, led by trained therapists, will cover physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, cognitive strategy, fatigue management and emotional support. Further options for virtual rehabilitation include one-to-one video consultations, use of existing accredited apps, such as my.therappy.co.uk and orcha.co.uk, and exercise videos downloaded to video sharing websites, such as YouTube.

Professor Nick Ward (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) said:

The coronavirus pandemic means people with stroke and brain injuries will be living back at home much earlier than normal: we will have a large population of vulnerable patients in the community, who need support.

Ordinarily rehabilitation teams would visit patients at home, however due to Covid-19 this cannot happen, so we want to use virtual technologies to ensure good levels of care can still be provided.

This funding will enable us to pilot a project, which uses existing technologies such as WhatsApp or Zoom, to get essential rehabilitation into people’s homes. We will set up virtual rehabilitation and support groups and to provide both emotional and physical support – helping them adjust to what’s happened.

To find out more about the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology click here. To find out more about the UCLP Centre for Neurorehabilitation in Queen Square click here.

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