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Referral criteria for healthcare professionals

Individuals who are referred to Livability Icanho should meet the following criteria:

  • Be medically stable and well enough to be able to benefit from community rehabilitation.
  • Be aged 18 or over.
  • In the case of a Statutory referral, have a Suffolk GP.
  • Have an acquired non-progressive brain injury, including trauma, stroke, haemorrhage, infection or tumour. For differentiation of time scales please see below. If individuals have multi-pathology, the brain injury should be their primary diagnosis. Any secondary problems should not be so significant that they exclude them from benefiting from brain injury rehabilitation.
  • Require an interdisciplinary approach with some or all of the different professional groups working towards common goals, including Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work/family support, Speech and Language Therapy and medical input from a Consultant Neurologist.
  • Require a highly specialist brain injury rehabilitation service that explores all areas of difficulty including social, family, emotional, adjustment to disability, vocational, physical, functional, communication, cognition and behaviour.
  • Have complex difficulties resulting from their brain injury, either with multiple problems or a single problem of great complexity. For example, this would include those people with complex physical needs or those with subtle cognitive and emotional changes.
  • Have the potential to benefit from, and the willingness to participate in, the rehabilitation process.

For Stroke

To be accepted following the acute episode when discharged from hospital to home or a place of residence in the community. Time frame for acceptance of referral is up to 6 months from the point of discharge.

For other Acquired Brain Injury including Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage

To be accepted following the acute episode when discharged to home or a place of residence in the community. Time frame for acceptance of referral is up to 1 year from the point of discharge.

Exceptional Cases

In exceptional cases referrals may be considered for Icanho rehabilitation beyond these time frames with relevant approval, for example late detection of difficulties/disabilities.

Those clients who have a primary mental health problem or severe behavioural difficulties that cannot be managed in the community with specialist support may not be accepted to this service. Every effort will be made to work in partnership with their families, or signpost to, the most appropriate services.

Those individuals with particular needs (for example with access, transport, continence, medication or meal-time needs) should be discussed with the Clinical Lead at the time of the referral.

All healthcare professionals are eligible to refer. An open referral system exists providing the client meets the referral criteria and is considered suitable for the service.

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