Developing a centre of neuro rehabilitation expertise

The new Care and Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) has been specifically designed for QEF and is a fantastic centre of neuro rehabilitation expertise. The building represents the largest ever investment in QEF's facilities and the first new build in our 85 year history. The design of the centre supports the delivery of holistic, person-centred care, supporting people to rebuild their lives after an acquired brain injury, stroke or other neurological condition.  

Why do we need a new centre?

At QEF we work with a growing number of disabled people each year. In 2019 we provided expert advice and life-changing services that enable almost 10,000 disabled children and adults a year to develop key life skills, increase mobility and maximise their independence.

The CRC has significantly expanded our capacity and we are now working closely with eight NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Group’s, taking patients directly from hospitals across the South East; playing a vital role in easing pressure on the NHS  and enabling patients to start their neuro rehabilitation during the pandemic.

We have also expanded the number of people and neurological conditions we can support, so that more people can benefit from our expertise, including:
- Long term nursing care for people with complex neurological illness
- Intense neuro rehabilitation after a stroke or acquired brain injury. 
- Intense neuro rehabilitation following surgery, Guillain-Barre Syndrome or incomplete spinal injury
- Slow stream neuro rehabilitation following an acquired brain injury to rebuild key life skills
- Respite  / long term neurological support for conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Our expert multi-disciplinary teams provide a holistic, person-centred service that reflects individuals' needs, setting goals for development to help each person become as independent as possible and supporting them to rebuild their lives.

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Assistive Technology

Our purpose-built centre of expertise will be modern and comfortable, and located in attractive Surrey countryside near Leatherhead. The use of assistive technology in the bedrooms is a unique aspect of the development that continues QEF’s history of pioneering change for disabled people. Clients will have real control over their personal space – for example turning on the TV, opening and closing blinds, and controlling heating and lighting without needing to wait for assistance. 

How you can be part of The Edward Guinness appeal:

  • Financial  gift 
    Every donation will help us build and equip the CRC. To make an online donation please click here.  To find out more about sponsoring a room or therapy space email 
    Alternatively you could set up a direct debit which allow us to plan in a more efficient way, save administrative costs and set budgets with confidence. If you are able to consider a regular gift to QEF, please download our Direct Debit Form.
  • Corporate Sponsorship - email our corporate partnership team to find out more about the different ways in which we can work with your company
  • Hold an event - email our events team who can support you with ideas and information for a wide variety of fundraising events 
  • Provide  raffle / auction  prizes  for  QEF  events - donations of prizes are an important way of helping us to raise funds
  • Participate in a challenge event  such as the London  Marathon contact our events team to find out more
  • Introduce people to QEF who may be able  to support the appeal - contact our philanthropy team 

    Increasing demand for our services

    - In the next 20 years the rate of first time strokes in people aged 45+ is expected to increase by 59%*
    - The number of people surviving strokes in the same age group is expected to increase by 123%*
    - Hospital admissions for motorcycle related injuries for 20-29 year olds have increased by 19.7% over ten years since 2006
    - In the same period, hospital admissions for those aged over 50 have increased by 39% to 2,183 a year**
    - Hospital admissions for acquired brain injuries have increased by 10% since 2005-6 **
    - Someone is admitted to hospital every 90 seconds in the UK with an acquired brain injury, and every 3 minutes with a head injury***

    * Stroke ‘State of the nation’ report, Feb 2018
    ** NHS Digital /The Times, 9 August 2018
    *** Headway

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