Advancing Neurorehab at Recolo

Since Recolo’s inception in December 2006, our ultimate goal has been always to improve the lives of the children, young people and families that we work and interact with.

We want to support our clients in a positive contribution to both the wider community and society at large.

Recolo’s founders and clinical directors, Doctors Jonathan Reed, Katie Byard and Howard Fine, wanted from the outset to do more than just provide assessments, but be able to provide the length of psychology input they believed necessary for the nuanced and complex rehabilitation demanded by brain injury. They wanted to create the best possible neuropsychological recovery service that would not only be a tremendous place in which to work but also a great service to be treated in. Their ambition was to create an organisation that would nurture continuous clinical development in the field of neurorehabilitation, enabling evidenced-based practice and facilitating an improved understanding of good brain injury rehabilitation.

We started trading in late 2007 and specialise in working with children, young people and their families, and the developing brain. Since our first clinical conference that explored the theme of ‘The Vertical Brain – Implications for Developmental Disorders and Sensory Integration’, the wider practising landscape has undergone substantial change. As our team have noted, there’s now a ‘…need for greater diagnostic clarity and clinical awareness… [and]…  the standard of evidence about what works in rehab has to be that bit higher.., and everything (including case management notes) can be viewed and subject to question …’(Hope, M 2015). That’s why it’s so important that advances and new knowledge in neuroscience are properly translated into innovations in practice, so that improvements in child brain injury outcomes, can be identified and expanded upon.

We seek to bring an element of innovation to the field of neurorehabilitation, both from the academic viewpoint to everyday practice; from the development of clinical models and to measuring the progress of individual clients. This can be seen in the 2015 publication, ‘Neuropsychological Rehabilitation of Childhood Brain Injury: A Practical Guide’ (Palgrave MacMillan), compiled and edited by our founders.

Being mindful of the need to be able to demonstrate the efficacy of intervention, as well as evidencing the value for money of focused and appropriate neurorehabilitation, Recolo clinicians are privileged to be able to work with our clients during various stages of their rehabilitation and make a tangible difference to their everyday lives. Combining both the scientific and practical innovations within our field is the ongoing challenge that continues to motivate our team today.

We believe that trusted relationships are integral to the therapeutic process, both those interfacing directly with our clients as well as those between the practising individuals who are all part of the wider neurorehabilitation community. We celebrate these links and know that they are an integral part of the ‘whole’ (Feeney & Ylvisaker 2003) that’s needed to scaffold and support the individual.

We continue to be motivated and enthused by the clients we serve and to support those in the early stages of their psychology career to develop skills and knowledge in paediatric neuropsychology.

We look to continually translate the advances in neuroscience into neurorehabilitation, working closely with MSc students on research projects, using the data we collect so that we may continue to further support successful rehabilitation.