Our volunteer Link Nurses work in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) in the Regional Major Trauma Centre. Their roles are to promote awareness of the charity to medical professionals, patients and parents and help to strengthen partnership working between the NHS and the charity.
Karen is a very experienced Children’s Nursing Sister. She said: “I am delighted to be supporting Matrix Neurological and look forward to seeing how the children progress post discharge, following an intensive care admission“.
Louise is also a very experienced Children’s Intensive Care Nurse. She also has a degree in specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Louise said:
“I love being able to bridge the gap between hospital and home and providing children and their families with the rehabilitation they require to achieve the best possible outcome.”
Naila is a graduate with a degree in Psychology and previously she worked for an NHS Mental Health Trust. Her past experience includes:
* Mental health * Older adults with dementia
* Learning disabilities * Children on the Autism Spectrum
p/t Admin Support
Our office volunteers all live locally and provide a range of essential support functions.
IT and Network Support
"When different organisations assess different aspects of a child's neuro-rehabilitation needs, everyone looks at things from a different perspective and highlight needs and conflicting priorities"
"Too often children and young people with ABR are discharged from hospital without specialist brain support that they and their families need to overcome lifelong challenges"
"Healthy teens are better at identifying strategies to deal with barriers. KIDS WITH ABI'S CAN'T!"
"Strength-based family intervention after pediatric ABI is essential. Parents need to be equipped with the skills to cope and advocate for the child."
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Often families don't have the financial capability to access services. We need to rethink how we delivery neuro-rehab services to children and young people"
"We need to harness the power of brain plasticity for treating children and young people with brain injury. Stressful experiences alter brain development of a child, especially at the key ages of 0-3 and at ages 10-16"
"Case management for children and young people post acquired brain injury is 'pivotal' to successful outcomes and must be local"
"NHS clinicians struggle with what intervention to priorities in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation due to limited clinical time and the complexity of needs. Children, clinicians, parents and schools all have different neuro-rehabilitation priorities"
"Different 'experts' involved in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation come from different organisational cultures which causes conflict and has a negative effect on the outcomes for the child."