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Wolfson Vocational Rehabilitation Programme

Location and Contact details

Phoenix Centre, St George’s Hospital
Blackshaw Road, Tooting
Greater London
SW17 0QT

Telephone: 020 8266 6505 or 020 8266 6518

Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Day patient
  • Community Based Service

miles (straight line)
miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Oct 1, 2012

Further Details

The Vocational Rehabilitation Programme is specifically tailored to each client’s needs.

The Vocational Team staff work with clients, who have acquired neurological conditions, to maximise their psychological and physical recovery, minimise their disability and help them reintegrate back into the community.

Since 2003, people with a variety of neurological injuries and conditions, including head injuries, strokes, and multiple sclerosis, have been treated. Of those who have completed the programme, 76% have secured paid or voluntary employment, while the remainder are actively looking for work with support.

The programme is available to people living in London and the surrounding areas. Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals, case managers, social workers, employment professionals, insurers and solicitors.

Clients must be over 16, independent in personal care, have completed all medical investigations and neuro-rehabilitation, and demonstrate a clear commitment to returning to work.

Rehabilitation is provided by a committed team of neuropsychologists and occupational therapists. These staff are familiar with the physical, social, cognitive and emotional consequences of neurologicaI conditions.

The main programme is a three-phase one, consisting of an assessment, a 12-week group programme (1.5 days a week) and 72 hours of ongoing support.

Phase One - vocational assessment - consists of a 2-day assessment during which clients undergo a series of comprehensive neurocognitive and work simulation tests. plus exploration of employment history, and evaluation of aspirations and motivation for work.

Phase Two is a 12-week programme with clients attending the centre 1.5 days a week and taking part in a range of individual and group therapeutic activities. Each is designed to rebuild work skills and confidence, while preparing them for return to employment.

Phase Three - job support - involves seeking employment and/or returning to work - with support from staff regarding the job application, interview and induction processes. On return to work, support continues including site visits, telephone advice, and liaison with managers and colleagues. Some clients may be advised to undertake voluntary work and/or retraining prior to job seeking, in order to boost confidence and reintroduce a work routine.

lf a client is already working, but finding it difficult to sustain employment, they can be supported to help them gain the skills needed to remain in employment. Staff visit clients at work to conduct a job analysis and assess its requirements to ensure its suitability. This may involve appraising interpersonal skills, reporting relationships, staff and management awareness, job re-profiling, and redeployment in negotiation with employers. Ongoing support takes place in the workplace and at the Phoenix Centre.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Clinical psychology yes no yes no
Family Support yes no yes no
Information yes no yes no
Neuropsychology yes no yes no
Occupational Therapy yes no yes no
Speech & Language Therapy yes no yes no
Training (for clients/patients) yes no yes no
Training (for staff) yes no yes no
Vocational Support yes no yes no
Voluntary Activity yes no yes no
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional yes
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager yes

- Referrals are also accepted from case managers, employment professionals, insurers and solicitors.

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - free at point of access
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services noyesno
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services noyesno

yes Privately funded (anyone can purchase)

Typical duration that a service is offered

There is an additional 2-day assessment, a 12-week day patient phase (1.5 days a week), and 72 hours of ongoing job-related support.

This Service was mapped by ABI London. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here


[Code 90]
Patient description
Medically stable, living in community, aiming to enter/return to employment

Domiciliary, community-based or residential

Description of rehabilitation input
Interdisciplinary programme addressing all aspects of occupational activity, including, specialist assessment, work preparation, job search, job coaching and workplace support, and employer/college education and support.

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

No Data for NMDS

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