NEW NICE GUIDANCE PUBLISHED - Rehabilitation after traumatic injury (NG211)

This guideline covers complex rehabilitation needs after traumatic injury for all people, including children and young people.

Rehabilitation after major trauma

In England, 45,000 people are affected by very severe or major trauma every year.  A further 500,000 people (included in the population for this guideline) experience less severe trauma, and a proportion of those will need hospital admission because of pre-existing conditions, disability, frailty, or because the functional impact of injuries and environmental factors means that they will not be able to manage in their own home. 

Trauma affects all age groups, but there are 2 peaks: younger age and older age.

This guideline focuses on people with complex rehabilitation needs after a traumatic injury, defined as multiple needs due to traumatic injury or injuries (polytrauma), involving coordinated multidisciplinary input from 2 or more allied health professional disciplines

The guideline includes recommendations for:

  • assessment and goal setting
  • rehabilitation plans and programmes
  • physical, psychological and cognitive rehabilitation
  • rehabilitation for specific injuries
  • coordination of rehabilitation in hospital, at discharge and in the community
  • commissioning and organising rehabilitation services.

The full guideline and supporting documents can be found on the NICE website


If you have a special interest or expertise in this area, and would like to write a short review for APCP about this guidance or present a webinar to explain and discuss the recommendations and how they apply within paediatric physiotherapy, please contact







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