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Neuro unit excellence

Rehabilitation at Hothfield Manor in Kent Photo: Sarah Saunders

A Kent neuro-rehabilitation unit is celebrating after being granted accreditation from leading brain injury charity, Headway.

The status means the unit is acknowledged as a high-quality specialist rehabilitation and care provider for patients who have severe brain injuries .

The event was marked today by a visit by the Ashford MP Damian Green.

The unit's manager, Rob Bunting, said the Headway accreditation is recognition that the region's brain-injury patients will receive the best rehabilitation available.

He said: "Patients at our unit will usually be referred to us after being in acute hospital care for around two months.

"We provide the person-centred clinical and nursing rehabilitation expertise, therapies and activities to help them make a good recovery so they can manage their lives better and hopefully return home or to a community setting.

"Above all else, this Headway accreditation is all down to the excellent work of our therapy and nursing staff.

Only services complying with the standards and assessment criteria identified by Headway receive the accreditation, and are included in Headway's 'Directory Of Approved Providers' for use by families and professionals.

Caroline Prosser, who runs the Approved Provider Project for Headway, said: "We are pleased that Hothfield Manor has become the latest specialist brain injury unit to receive Headway Approved Provider status.

"The dedicated team at the unit evidently takes great pride in devising detailed care plans to meet the needs of each individual client. Their 'can do' attitude and enthusiasm is a major strength."

Headway accreditation lasts for two years and includes an unannounced inspection during this time.