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As part of the strategic development of specialist neurological services across South East London, with the need to have specialist beds closer to home, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) Adult Community Services have been commissioned to provide six community inpatient beds for specialist therapy for Lambeth and Southwark patients with complex neuro rehab needs (also referred to as level 2b neuro rehab beds). These six beds will be sited at the PICC. The go-live date for these beds is expected mid-Autumn 2016.

There will be a gradual phasing of the new 2b beds over the next couple of months – the plans in place to manage this process are outlined below:-
  • Gerard Stanley has been appointed as the new matron for the adult community inpatient areas and will be spending the majority of his initial time in post at the PICC. Gerard will play a key role in overseeing implementation of the level 2b neuro rehab beds at the centre and start work with the team in September 2016.
  • A number of new staff members are being recruited to work with the neuro-rehab patients and will require training and induction in relation to our IT and other systems. All existing staff will complete training in neuro rehab skills.
  • In order to support the management team at the PICC to implement the changes outlined above, the number of intermediate care beds operated on the site has been reduced from 20 to 14.
  • GSTT also provide a range of other community based services to prevent admission and facilitate discharge and there are no changes to these services so we are encouraging referrers to continue to refer to those services as appropriate. The Enhanced Rapid Response and @Home services can be contacted on 020 3049 5751 other Specialist Rehabilitation Services can be contacted on 020 3049 4004.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback please contact: Sukhvinder Sandhu, Deputy General Manager, Adult Community Services sukhvinder.sandhu@gstt.nhs.uk