In 2022, our Research and Clinical Leadership teams joined efforts to launch a new initiative to get our staff thinking about the underlying principles behind our approach to brain injury rehabilitation, introducing monthly ‘Rehab Mantras’.

What is a mantra?

Our mantras are short statements which summarise one key principle of our approach to rehabilitation. Twelve mantras will be shared across the Trust throughout the next twelve months. So far, the mantras have been:

· Every interaction is rehab

· Things take time

How are the mantras used?
Staff at the Trust are invited to consider what the mantras mean, how they might be applied or how they might be experienced by the people we support, as well as their usefulness for life in general and beyond rehabilitation. Working together with our expert clinicians, the Research team have shared the mantras using video and posters to engage staff around our services, and they are regularly in touch with staff to chat about the initiative and the specific mantra for each month.

Within coffee groups at our services, there has been lively conversation among the staff and the people we support about the mantras we have shared so far. You can see some of the feedback from the groups in the word clouds we’ve shared on this page, created at two of our services.

Freya Thompson is an Assistant Psychologist at Osman House, just outside Leeds, a service which provides specialist care for people with an acquired brain injury. She was recently interviewed about the mantra ‘Things Take Time’ and how she applies it in her work. Freya said: “People might presume there’ll be a quick fix to the effects of their brain injury. Being told it takes time takes the pressure off, allows them to focus on their longer-term goals, with the awareness that it will take time.

I work in a ‘slow-stream’ rehab unit, so everything takes time here. We look at goals over months to years rather than shorter-term goals, so we know a lot about this. For example, we’re working with someone who’s only just had neuropsychological testing so we can work out their rehabilitation needs in the long-term, but this has happened over a long period of time."

Dr Sara da Silva Ramos, Research Fellow at the Trust, said: “We hope that this initiative will be an engaging way of helping staff consolidate their knowledge of some of the cornerstones of brain injury rehabilitation and give everyone else a glimpse into how rehabilitation works. It is these underlying principles which make our approach to rehabilitation specialist and unique.”