Here at MATRIX we aim to ensure you receive a seamless service because we think this is important. We know how frightening and daunting it can be when a child or young person, who has been so desperately ill, is discharged from hospital with a life-changing condition. We believe that you should not have to go searching for the information and support that you need; you should have been made aware of what ongoing support will be provided and who will be providing it.
Wherever possible we aim to work closely with hospital clinicians and become a valuable part of the discharge planning process to try to ensure the service you receive is seamless. You or your clinician(s) can contact us directly at any time to discuss your ongoing support needs. You can access our services at the point of discharge or can be referred to us at any out-patient appointments or services that you may be accessing.
Should our services be recommended to you, will arrange to meet you at a suitable time and place for you, to commence the support planning process as soon as possible.
"Taking brain injured children home causes high stress for families. Disjointed services exacerbate family stress levels."
"Children and young people have poor social competence post brain injury due to reduced cognition, executive functions, and emotional control. As a result they are twice as likely to have mental health issues in the future"
"Intensive and individualized approaches work. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't. You have to make it relevant to the child."
"Participation in teen sports and normal activities leads to improved quality of life for children and young people post brain injury and helps to maximise outcomes"
"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"
"Restoration of anatomical functions and relationships must be done within 2 months of brain injury"
"Rehabilitation interventions can lead to positive outcomes for children and their families if delivered in the familiar home environment and applied to everyday situations"
"Thousands of children and young people living in the UK today without the help and support that can make a huge difference to their lives"
"We are medical practitioners. The real experts are the parents. Over the last 35 years they have taught me everything I know"
"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"