A neurorehabilitation centre has marked its first anniversary with a new trading style to focus more heavily on its clinical expertise.

Calvert Reconnections in Keswick will now simply be known as Reconnections, with the strapline Neurorehabilitation Without Boundaries.

Explaining the repositioning of the brand, Claire Appleton, head of service at Reconnections said: “We are proud to be part of the Lake District Calvert Trust.

“It gives us a really strong pedigree with over 40 years of working with disabilities, safely and successfully, in the outdoors.

“However, the time has come for some clear separation in terms of the Reconnections brand.

“Having held a number of focus groups with key clients and referrers, including brain injury case managers and solicitors, it is clear that the Calvert brand is strongly associated with short-term, activity breaks.

“Reconnections is totally different.

“We are a clinically-led neurorehabilitation service.  

“Our clinical expertise compares favourably with any unit in the country, while the unique nature of our programme delivers life-changing neurorehabilitation for people with post-acute ABI.

“Our participants, their families if appropriate, and our clinical therapy team work together to establish goals which address a range of areas including physical rehabilitation, mental wellbeing, and cognitive-communication; all with the aim of maximising function.

“Each goal is led by the participant to ensure maximum engagement and progress.

 “The process then feeds into the development of a personalised rehabilitation plan using a combination of functional and outdoor activities, uniquely integrated with clinical therapy. 

“We use the wonderful outdoor environment of the Lake District as a unique way to deliver parts of our programme.”

The brain injury community is also responding positively to Reconnections’ approach to neurorehabilitation.

After a recent visit to the centre in Keswick, Eleanor Tallon, Case Manager at Social Return Case Management said: “It was a beautiful day and really valuable to learn first-hand about both the cognitive and physical benefits of active rehab based in such a therapeutic setting. 

“Reconnections really places the person as a co-producing participant and inspires them to be the leader rather than a passive receiver, and the value of that is immeasurable.”

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