Core rehabilitation skills: the development of a self-assessment tool in a neurological setting
Abstract:Delivery of clinically effective and consistent standards of care and rehabilitation are an essential feature of a specialist brain injury neurorehabilitation team. Increasingly, rehabilitation teams in the UK are required to demonstrate that all multidisciplinary clinical staff have a baseline of knowledge and skill across all of the clinical areas. A core rehabilitation skills self-assessment tool (CORSSAT) was developed at Walkergate Park Neuro-rehabilitation Centre to fill a perceived gap and supplement the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) . It needed to be simple to follow, completed and owned by the individual and reviewed and supported as part of clinical supervision. Relating the tool to the Knowledge and Skills Framework competencies enabled clear links with continuing professional development and appraisal systems. It was also important to link it to an adapted World Health Organisation International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (WHO ICF) structure , the multi-disciplinary clinical notes and the neuro-rehabilitation induction programme. Introduction of the core rehabilitation skills self-assessment tool has ensured that patients receive high quality and consistent rehabilitation and care. Multi-disciplinary clinical staff have benefitted through the introduction of training and work-based learning to meet their own development needs. Furthermore, it has provided clear evidence of the high quality rehabilitation services provided to organisations who commission services at Walkergate Park.
Locality:North of Tyne