NICE has published a draft guideline that focusses on supporting people in resuming their lives after a traumatic injury

Rehabilitation injury

NICE has opened a consultation on a draft guideline on Rehabilitation after traumatic injury, which covers recommendations on supporting physical, cognitive, and psychological rehabilitation, as well as for specific injuries including spinal cord injuries and limb loss or reconstruction.

The draft guidance, which is available for public consultation until 8 September 2021, advises that rehabilitation needs should be assessed and discussed with the person and their family at an early stage.

A person-centred approach

As the severity of an injury does not necessarily reflect the complexity of the person’s needs, the draft guidance recommends that healthcare professionals should assess the impact of a traumatic injury using a person-centred approach throughout rehabilitation.

According to the draft recommendations, rehabilitation following traumatic injury should focus on the person’s goals and help them to resume their life. 

Healthcare professionals should discuss both short- and long-term goals with the injured person and their family or carers, depending on what is important to them and their aspirations in life. These goals should be flexible and reviewed regularly.

Commenting on the draft guidance, Dr Paul Chrisp, Director of NICE’s Centre for Guidelines, said: ‘Improved survival rates following major trauma has led to an increased need for rehabilitation services. Traumatic injury can cause huge disruption to people’s lives, but effective rehabilitation can really help them to get back to the best possible level of function and independence. 

‘Whatever the injured person’s goals, if that means being able to go back to work or play their favourite sport again, or to be able to share a meal with their family, it’s important that the right support is in place to allow them to achieve these aims.’