Coronavirus update: April 2020

We hope you are all keeping well. The team at CCPNR would like to reassure families, young people and professionals that we are still committed to providing support in the community for young people who have experienced a brain injury and their families.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s advice on social distancing, the team is now working remotely. The team is offering families and professionals support through video conferencing. We are aware that the current situation and uncertainties about the future can be stressful for families. We are aiming to contact all of the families that we are working with. However, if you would like to contact us, the best way to reach the team is electronically-  therefore, please e-mail us with any queries to

The CCPNR service is still accepting new referrals. All new referrals should now be sent electronically to the CCPNR email address (

Further information and useful resources regarding support a young person with a brain injury during this pandemic, please visit the Child Brain Injury Trust’s website at and


The Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR)

Improving life after childhood brain injury

The Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR) is a community-based service within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). We offer assessment and neuropsychological rehabilitation for children with an acquired, non-progressive brain injury as a result of an accident, injury, illness or other condition. We are an innovative specialist service, the first of its kind, in the UK and provide support across the East of England and further afield.

What is acquired brain injury and what effects can it have in childhood?

Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain caused by accident such as a road traffic collision or fall; or illness such as meningitis, encephalitis, brain tumour, or hypoxia. 

As well as the physical impact of an injury to the brain, the common effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) can include changes in a young person’s communication skills, their thinking skills (like the ability to concentrate, to remember things and to plan and organise things), their independence skills and their ability to cope with emotions (like worry and anger). This can affect their mood and self-worth. It is common for the injury to their brain to have an impact on their behaviour, as well as their ability to cope with school and friendships. These changes don’t just affect the child or young person but have an impact on the whole family.

What is paediatric neuropsychological rehabilitation?

Paediatric neurorehabilitation at the CCPNR aims to support children, their families, friends and their schools to cope with their difficulties after an injury to the brain. We aim to reduce the impact of the effects of the acquired brain injury and provide tailored interventions to meet a young person’s acquired needs. It is a collaborative process where we come to understand the impact of the injury and work together to maximise the young person’s ongoing development, their participation and their quality of life.  ​

What do children who come to the CCPNR want?

The most common rehabilitation goals that children have are related to school, coping with their emotions and having support from people who understand their injury. See the types of goals the young people we meet below:



This is what we do in a nutshell...

This BBC programme with Richard Westcott gives an insight into the work we do at the CCPNR. Thanks to Zack and Kat for sharing their story!


The page was last updated on 12 April 2020 by andrea.bateman.

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