Evelyn Community Head Injury Service (ECHIS)

The Evelyn Community Head Injury Service (ECHIS) provides support, advice and information to adults in Cambridgeshire who have had a traumatic brain injury since 2010. 

This service offers assessments and individual and group sessions usually over a number of months, for both the person with the head injury and their families.

Rehabilitation programmes are tailored to individual needs and goals.  We aim to help people make the optimum recovery they can, by:

  • Identifying the rehabilitation needs of injured people
  • Providing information, assessment and individual treatment.
  • Running client and family groups (e.g. communication skills, mood management, understanding brain injury, fatigue management, Cognitive difficulties such as attention and memory and how they affect activities of daily living).
  • Offering advice and support to injured people and their families
  • Linking effectively with other services available in the community

The Evelyn Community Head Injury Service was initially funded for five years by The Evelyn Trust as part of the Evelyn project, a collaboration between Headway, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The Oliver Zangwill Centre (Cambridgeshire Community Services).  It is now fully NHS funded through Cambridgeshire CCG and currently provided by CCS.

ECHIS has close links with the community rehabilitation teams (including Physiotherapists), The Oliver Zangwill Centre, Headway, Social Services and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
 

Referrals to ECHIS

You may be referred on discharge from hospital or by your GP. 

Referrals are made through  Dr Allanson, Consultant in Neuro-rehabilitation at the Neurotrauma Clinic 9 Addenbrookes Hospital.
 
You will be invited to an initial assessment together with a family member or close friend. After this initial meeting you may attend further specialist assessment with one or more of the team.  During this process we will help you to identify rehabilitation goals, such as participating in an activity in the community, returning to work or study.  
 
Outpatient appointments and group sessions are offered at Davison House, Brookfields Hospital, Cambridge, or the Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely. We also visit people at home, the workplace or other community locations.

Contact

Helen Howe
The Evelyn Community Head Injury Service
DynamicHealth Care
Brookfields Hospital
351 Mill Road
Cambridge, CB1 3DF 

Tel: 01223 868170
Email:  ccs.echis@nhs.net 

Further Info

Headway Cambridge – Brain injury charity
http://www.headway-cambs.org.uk/ 

 

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