Calvert Reconnections to open on
Monday 21 June 2021

Ground-breaking neurorehabilitation centre Calvert Reconnections will open its doors on Monday 21 June 2021 – bringing an exciting new dimension to brain injury rehabilitation in the UK.
Calvert Reconnections, located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Keswick in the Lake District, has developed the UK’s first residential brain injury rehabilitation programme combining traditional clinical therapies with physical activity in the outdoors.
The centre is a beautifully adapted grade II listed building, providing real-life rehabilitation in a real-life setting.
“We are thrilled to be opening our doors on 21 June,” said Centre Director, Sean Day.

“Every year in the UK, hundreds of thousands of people suffer life-changing brain injuries.

“Our pioneering rehabilitation programme will combine effective multi-disciplinary neurorehabilitation with the specialist tradition at the Calvert Trust of providing outdoor experience for people with disabilities.”

Added Sean:

“There is growing evidence that physical and outdoor activity promotes neuroplasticity post-brain injury whilst also improving people’s mental health, outlook and wellbeing.

“We actively seek to incorporate a wide range of outdoor activities into our rehabilitation programme to achieve each participant’s identified goals. This may range from reflective activities such as fishing, bird watching or a nature walk to higher adventure activities such as horse riding, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling. This is closely assessed and graded to a person’s interests and functional abilities.”

Calvert Reconnections will launch its new residential service with three confirmed participants. The centre is continuing to take referrals in advance of its June opening.

Calvert Reconnections has also strengthened its management team with the appointment of Claire Appleton as Head of Service and Lorna Mulholland as Registered Manager.

Claire Appleton, an Occupational Therapist, has 23 years’ experience working in the NHS. Her passion has always been to work in the community setting and she has held various community roles including Acquired Brain Injury, long term neuro conditions, neurological splinting and stroke rehab. Five years ago, Claire moved into a management post in the NHS leading the Eden Community Rehab Team, developing strategic specialist leadership and management skills, and gaining valuable experience delivering high quality health services.

Lorna Mulholland has 12 years’ specialised experience within the social care sector, principally in Acquired Brain Injury, learning disabilities, mental health, and autism. She has an extensive knowledge base when delivering care within a residential and supported living setting with experience in complex challenging behaviour. Lorna spent four years as part of a clinical team in the community within the private sector, working with two individuals who had long term neurological conditions. During this time, she spent a year working within the intensive care unit.
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