Paraplegia pp 78-90 | Cite as

The role of the medical social worker

  • Celia Kirkby
Part of the Progress in Rehabilitation book series (PRORE)


The National Spinal Injuries Centre was opened in 1944 and is part of the Stoke Mandeville General Hospital. In the summer of 1983, the Spinal Centre moved to a purpose-built building, still based within the hospital grounds. The money to build the new centre was raised by public donations. The design and layout of the Spinal Centre reflects a progressive and flexible policy towards the present and future needs of spinal patients in terms of physical care, rehabilitation and research. There is an increasing emphasis on social rehabilitation which is exemplified in the creation of a communal dining area, private family rooms, and a leisure and educational room furnished with educational video equipment.


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