Healthcare scientists revolutionise stroke rehabilitation

Healthcare scientists and clinicians at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are using gaming technology to revolutionise the rehabilitation of stroke patients in Reading. A new NHS Confederation presentation exploring how commissioners can support innovation, published on Friday, explains how.

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Working with Microsoft Kinect, the developers of the Xbox games console, healthcare scientists at the Royal Berkshire are writing programmes to address stoke patients specific needs and are seeing significant improvement in patients’ clinical outcomes.

Using the latest developments in medical physics, the initiative has also reported increased uptake and enthusiasm from patients and their families, reduced levels of depression and enabled patients to continue their rehabilitation at home without the need of NHS staff.

NICE guidance update

The following guidance has been published or updated:

Falls
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Stroke rehabilitation

The following topics have been published or updated:

Acute coronary syndrome – prasugrel with PCI (review TA182) [ID 648]
Antenatal and postnatal mental health (update)
Arrythmias – ICDs & Heart failure – cardiac resynchronisation [ID481]
Complex fractures
Fractures
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – pirfenidone
Insertion of a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator for prevention of sudden cardiac death
Lung cancer (non small cell, non squamous) – pemetrexed (maintenance following pemetrexed & cisplatin) [ID489]
MI – secondary prevention (update)
Osteoarthritis (update)
Prostate cancer update
Psoriatic arthritis – etanercept, infliximab, & adalimumab (review)
Renal cell carcinoma (advanced) – axitinib [ID518]
Self-monitoring coagulometers (CoaguChek XS system, INRatio2 PT/INR monitor and ProTime Microcoagulation system), for self-testing or self-managing coagulation status in people for whom long-term vitamin K antagonist therapy is intended.
Stroke rehabilitation
Stroke rehabilitation
Tuberculosis (update)
Vertebral fractures – vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty [ID308]