Meet our expert rehabilitation team who work together to ensure the best and most appropriate care, therapies, training and support to help you live life to the full.
We encourage and support families to be actively involved where possible and provide a homely environment to deliver the rehabilitation programme. Families can contribute a great deal to the process from a good relationship with the team.
NRS service manager is Janet Schmitt who brings a wealth of experience and skills to QEF from a career path of more than 20 years in rehabilitation encompassing clinical, academic and managerial roles.
Specialist Nursing Team
Our specialist nursing team provides round the clock expert care, support and supervision, managed by our head of nursing and rehabilitation support, Michelle Gray.
The neuro physiotherapy team, led by Carol Carr, aims to improve functional ability, mobility and independence using specialist equipment including tilt tables, standing frames, a walking harness, treadmill and FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) machines..
Speech and Language therapists
The role of our speech and language therapists, led by Sonja Vossenberg is to improve speech, language, communication and any swallowing problems that may have arisen as a result of the brain injury. We empower individuals to communicate effectively, listen to and understand others. Our therapists support them to develop compensatory strategies, or use an alternative means of communication to improve their social interaction and participation in family life, community, education and work.
Using a combination of rehabilitation techniques, as well as compensatory strategies or environmental adaptation, our occupational therapists, led by Kathryn Scott, enable and facilitate the individual’s engagement in completing everyday living tasks. Those tasks include personal care, mobility, domestic activities, household management, wheelchair assessments, and community access. We also help with access to driving, if appropriate.
Frederick Byrne is our full-time clinical psychologist. He and fellow neuropsychologist Tina Cohen support individuals, couples and families in coping with the impact of acquired disabilities such as stroke or brain injury. This can involve individual and/or family psychological therapy sessions, learning strategies to manage cognitive or behavioural difficulties, and assessments of cognitive abilities and the capacity to make decisions.
Head of client support, Tony Hart, with colleague Andrea Eckhardt-Smith, works with individuals to explore their strengths and difficulties, and to identify their interests and future preferences regarding their vocational and leisure options. This may include visits to relevant organisations such as support groups, e.g. Headway or Different Strokes, colleges, universities, classes or re-training, as well as possible work opportunities and options. If possible, individuals can also take part in a work experience or voluntary work placement or attend an external course or class. To help clients envisage a ‘typical’ week after they leave rehabilitation, they develop a timetable and contact information document showing activities and relevant organisations in preparation for discharge.
Art and design technology tutors
ADT co-ordinator Katie Tunesi teach skills and techniques in a multi-sensory environment to support individuals in their recovery. The department delivers engaging and inclusive one-to-one and group art sessions with Katie, a qualified tutor, as well as with a small group of dedicated skilled volunteers when needed. In a supportive environment individuals work on short and long term projects that are tailored to meet their new and existing interests and needs. These can include pottery, painting, sculpture, mosaic, textiles, drawing, printmaking, collage, photography and digital media as well as horticulture.
We encourage individuals to bring any new, exciting and creative ideas. An important aspect of the department's role is inter-disciplinary working with other therapists to carry over newly learnt techniques and skills. We also support plans to visit art galleries, botanical gardens, exhibitions and other areas of creativity to stimulate, inspire and broaden awareness of the Arts.
Nigel Hockin with the assistance of Danyel Bettell provides a broad range of activities to develop confidence, encourage participation and exploration of new interests. Activities are dependent on those attending the centre at any given time, so these will change appropriately. Typically these activities will include sport, such as boccia, table tennis, pool, as well as quizzes, films, music and barbecues.
We also hold numerous events at Banstead during the year such as Chinese New Year, Cultural Diversity Day and Halloween etc. External visits may be arranged to a local gym or swimming pool and trips to museums, art galleries, wildlife centres, cinema, theatre and sporting events have all featured regularly.