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About Specialist Nutrition Rehab

Specialist Nutrition Rehab offers private, community-based nutrition and dietetic services for adults with a brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic injury or cerebral palsy.  We also specialise in helping individuals with taste and/or smell loss.

Our dietitians offer both home visits and video appointments to clients throughout the UK.

We strive to offer the most comprehensive and cutting-edge dietetic practice in the country for clients after a catastrophic injury. Our goal is to maximise our clients’ nutrition, weight and health to enhance recovery and allow people to lead healthy, active lives. We do this while also helping people eat foods that they love. 

The most common reasons people are referred to a dietitian include:

  • excess weight gain following an injury;
  • excess weight loss which someone is struggling to correct;
  • pressure sores or slow healing wounds;
  • gut-related symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, IBS or abdominal pain;
  • dysphagia (once someone has been diagnosed by a Speech and Language Therapist);
  • fatigue;
  • taste and smell loss;
  • non-union of an orthopaedic injury;
  • diabetes, coeliac disease or the management of other chronic health conditions.

If you are wondering why nutrition is important after a major trauma/injury, it’s helpful to think of your body like a house, with a 24-hour live-in renovation team.  What you eat and drink provides the building materials that your renovation team will use to repair any day-to-day damage, in addition to repairing damage caused by a major trauma or injury.  High quality building materials (from a nutritious diet) allows your renovation team to make repairs to a very high standard.  A less nutritious diet means building blocks maybe missing, or of a poor quality, and your renovation team won’t be able to repair the damage to a high standard.

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Services provided by Specialist Nutrition Rehab

Free monthly newsletter

Specialist Nutrition Rehab writes a free monthly newsletter for case managers, AHP's and solicitors, which provides a summary of current research relating to the impact of nutrition on recovery after a major trauma/injury.

The newsletter also provides practical tips, strategies and resources that can benefit clients.

Please email us, or visit our website, to sign up.

  • Initial dietetic assessments

    Our dietetic initial assessments are incredibly thorough, with the aim of addressing the reason for referral and picking up on any other issues which could be impacting someone's food intake or nutritional requirements.

    Our assessments include:

    • a review of medical history
    • a review of any recent blood test results
    • information on weight and height
    • a review of medications and supplements
    • a review of bowel function and gut-related symptoms
    • we ask about skin integrity, swallowing issues and oral health issues
    • we review and analyse food and fluid intake
    • we ask about physical activity levels, sleep and stress levels

    Reports are submitted within 3 weeks of the assessment date along with goals, recommendations and projected costs for ongoing input.

  • Dietetic review appointments

    Once we have completed our initial assessment, we can provide regular follow up sessions to help clients achieve their goals. A written action plan (with pictures and website links) will be provided after each appointment to help clients find the products they need.

    We can also write to a client's NHS or private GP or consultant to request additional blood tests or investigations we think may help.

  • Training of support staff

    Support staff need regular training to ensure they are supporting clients in the best possible way. Training can include:

    • the importance of nutrition after a major trauma or injury;
    • the importance of robust and accurate record keeping on food intake and bowel function;
    • how to accurately weigh and measure clients;
    • how to monitor blood glucose levels and interpret the results;
    • compensation strategies to use when preparing food for someone with taste or smell loss;
    • meal ideas for texture-modified diets;
    • guidance around menu planning;
    • guidance around fluid intake;
    • any other topic which would be of benefit to the client and their team!
  • Presentations at conferences

    We regularly speak at conferences and webinars on the following topics:

    • Nutrition after a catastrophic injury: are your clients surviving or thriving?
    • Improving rehabilitation outcomes: is food and nutrition the missing link?
    • Nutrition and the impact on non-union and orthopaedic injuries
    • The link between diet and pain
    • Taste and smell loss - what to do and how to cope
    • Rediscovering the joy of food and eating after a catastrophic injury
    • Tiny habits = big results

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  • Underweight and malnourished

    A client who has been under an NHS dietitian for several years continues to be underweight in spite of being prescribed several oral nutrition supplements and being reviewed every 3 months. His diet is quite limited due to oral sensory issues and erratic sleep patterns meaning meals and nutrition supplements often get missed.

    Solution: We worked with the neuropsychologist to implement a sleep schedule, trialled the client on alternative nutrition supplements, trained support workers on the importance of healthy food and the need for nutrition supplements to be given consistently like medication, and worked with the client and support workers to increase the variety of foods offered.

  • When abdominal pain and diarrhoea affect quality of life

    A care home requests support from a dietitian when a resident with a brain injury is on multiple daily laxatives and has chronic diarrhoea. The diarrhoea is preventing him from using hydrotherapy and affecting his ability to access the community, while the associated abdominal distension and bloating are contributing to agitation levels.

    Solution: We worked with the GP to switch laxatives to PRN and change the type of laxatives prescribed; worked with the care home staff to implement a low FODMAP diet specifically for someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and developed accompanying menus, recipes and lists with what foods the staff were allowed to give him.

  • When clients lack capacity to understand the consequences of their food choices

    A client with type 2 diabetes is steadily increasing in weight. It is unknown whether she has capacity to understand the consequences of her food choices so the support workers just let her choose whatever she wants to eat at mealtimes. Soon she will require a bariatric wheelchair and two support workers for transfers instead of one. Her positioning in her moulded wheelchair is currently compromised because of her weight and she is at higher risk of developing pressure sores.

    Solution: We conducted a capacity assessment, trained staff on type 2 diabetes, developed a plan with meal and snack ideas, and ensured her diet was meeting her nutrient requirements to preserve skin integrity.

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