Established in 2009, the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR) is the first NHS community-based service in the UK offering 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 highly specialist team made up of a range of professionals. We provide support across the East of England and further afield.
The CCPNR sees children and young people with an acquired brain injury up to the age of 16 (or 19 if they are still in education). We provide support and intervention after discharge from hospital at our clinic, in the community, and at school. We recognise the ultimate impact that a brain injury can have on the young person’s and family’s life. We endeavour to develop a shared understanding of the young person's needs between the CCPNR, the young person and family, and school and any other professionals involved, in order to work together to achieve meaningful goals.
We work with a broad range of difficulties. These include difficulties around emotion, physical abilities, communication, thinking skills like memory and attention, speech, behaviour, learning, friendships, and practical daily skills as well as adjustment to the consequences of brain injury.
The CCPNR's aim is to help children and young people maximise their independence in daily life. Specifically, we offer the following:
- Interdisciplinary neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation within the young person's environment focusing on cognitive (thinking skills), physical, emotional, communication, and social needs, as well as life skills.
- Liaison with schools and community, health and social care services providing training packages focused on supporting the particular needs of children and young people with brain injury. We aim to help everyone to make the most of their own skills and resources.
- Recommendations for behavioural support and strategies for managing tasks and activities.
- Psychological intervention for children and families.
The rehabilitation pathway is managed by an allocated clinician who will act as case co-ordinator. The role of the case co-ordinator is to support the young person and their family through the CCPNR rehabilitation journey from the initial meeting to the follow-up at home or in school.
Ultimately, we collaboratively develop an intervention plan to support the management of the young person’s particular needs and goals. Our vision is for the young person and the family to receive the best possible experience and achieve the best possible outcomes.
The CCPNR is a unique partnership between CPFT, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and the renowned Oliver Zangwill Centre.
The CCPNR interdisciplinary team draws on a wide range of expertise including: a consultant paediatric neurologist, a consultant neuropsychiatrist, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, an occupational therapist, a speech and language therapist, and an educational psychologist.
Dr Suzanna Watson
Consultant Clinical Psychologist (neuropsychology)
Dr Kate Psaila
Clinical Lead/Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Fergus Gracey
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Research Lead
Dr Anna Maw
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Dr Anagha Sardesai
Consultant Learning Disability and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, CPFT
Dr Catherine Harter
Clinical Child Neuropsychologist
Patty van Rooij
Specialist Occupational Therapist
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Dr Caoimhe Murton
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Information for carers
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At Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we value the often life-long support carers provide and recognise them as equal care partners. We want to offer as much guidance and reassurance as possible, to help you in your caring role. You can find general information and support for adult carers, young carers and parent carers by following this link.