Rehab and goal planning

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a new situation for most people, so it can be easy to feel daunted and overwhelmed because of all the things to adjust to and learn how your body has changed. 

The impact on your life can seem very big, especially when first in hospital, and it might seem that everything is different – friends and family, work, hobbies and interests.

The rehabilitation process involves you and your team setting goals to help you learn, adjust and manage any long-term changes successfully, with support being provided along the way.

Goal planning is a way of assessing and meeting your individual needs and helps you to set goals: 
  • It helps you to leave us with the resources and confidence to cope with a new or adapted home, if needed, and live well in the long term. 
  • Shortly after admission we will complete with you the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Needs Assessment Checklist and then base goals on this. 
  • You will have a Keyworker who will co-ordinate your rehabilitation. They will also liaise with your family about the date and time of goal planning meetings, so that they can come if you want them to.

Click HERE, to view or download a leaflet with more details about Rehabilitation and Goal Planning at the NSIC. 

This short film helps to introduce goal planning information, and includes patients talking about their experience – do take a look:

The Needs Assessment and Goal Planning Programme is co-ordinated by the Department of Clinical Psychology
    • This programme aims to ensure that people get the most from the rehabilitation process by specifically identifying and addressing the individual needs of each person, to assist them in learning to manage effectively the consequences of their injury.
    • The Needs Assessment Checklist provides a basis for the clinical audit of rehabilitation activity and outcome. 
    • Your anonymised medical data, that is/was collected as part of this routine care, may be used to improve patient care and for future research.
    • IMPORTANT: As it is anonymised, data no one can tell it is your data being used and you will not be informed of the results.
    • All research will be reviewed by a national approval body called the Health Research Authority and by your local NHS Trust before it begins.