The Arbor team provides Neuropsychology, Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy throughout the South-West.
A bespoke community neurorehabilitation service
As a community neurorehabilitation team, we work alongside other services as indicated for the individual. This may include NHS teams, employers, family members, third sector providers and legal teams.
Joint (MDT) working at the heart of our service
Arbor provides individualised assessments, leading to team-wide goals, directed intervention and excellent communication with referrers and clients alike. As a team of therapists from the Bristol area, we have established local links with NHS and specialist providers, with knowledge of local services and facilities specialist to this clinical group.
Based in Bristol, our hub of referrals come from the south-west region. Therapeutic work is assessed and discussed on a case-by-case basis, dependent on availability, with our therapists working throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
Work in this area is undertaken by HCPC registered clinical psychologists with specialist knowledge and expertise working with a range of neurological conditions.
Depending on what is required, we provide cognitive assessments (for therapy purposes only), neuro-behavioural assessments and intervention, cognitive rehabilitation and evidence-based psychological therapies for individuals, couples and families. Work is often undertaken with support / clinical teams and rehabilitation professionals.
Working with a clinical psychologist when you have sustained a brain injury often involves building a coherent understanding of current needs and abilities and identifying where psychological therapy can be beneficial in supporting these needs and adapting to altered abilities. We work with emotions, behaviours, decision-making, relationships, confidence, independence and a range of cognitive difficulties.
Neuropsychological assessment (therapy based, no medico-legal)
Complex team formulation
Behavioural assessment and intervention
Speech & Language Therapy
Input from this discipline would involve tailored assessment and therapy from an experienced and professional speech & language therapist who is registered with HCPC and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT). Our clinicians are all experienced in working in the specialist field of neurorehabilitation with individuals who have sustained both traumatic and acquired brain injuries.
Typically, speech and language therapists work with people who have acquired speech difficulties, altered language and communication skills or changes to their swallowing ability following a neurological event. Intervention frequently includes assessment, evidence-based therapy which may include impairment and functional input and ongoing monitoring and advice. Additionally, therapists may work with family members, support workers or employers and can provide bespoke training and support packages as required. In some cases, individuals may benefit from technology and software to support their communication skills and this can be explored in therapy sessions.
Speech, language and communication assessment
Individualised therapy programmes
Swallowing assessment and intervention
Training support staff and families
All Occupational Therapists will be members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, HCPC registered and experienced within the field of neurorehabilitation.
Occupational Therapists are skilled at considering an individual’s physical, psychological, social and environmental needs to assist participation in daily activities.
Therapists will work with individuals to promote optimal functioning and independence within their activities of daily living, access to community, and both social and vocational settings.
Interventions are often undertaken within the client’s home, workplace or other community settings, with implementation of appropriate strategies and consideration of assistive technology recommendations. Liaison with other agencies and social care providers will be undertaken where appropriate.
Assessment of cognitive difficulties in functional settings
Return to work assessment, liaison and support
Maximising independence in daily activities
Fatigue management guidance
Following my stroke I now have aphasia. Sarah helped me to understand my condition, supported me with my speech and helped to improve my reading ability. She is always so patient and caring, not sure what we would have done without her.