Directory of Service

The team of healthcare professionals, and the multi-disciplinary team in the centre all work together to give patients the opportunity to achieve the best outcome possible for the individual.

Ward Staff

There are various members of staff who work on the spinal injuries wards, including doctors, nursing staff, health care assistants, ward clerks and pharmacists.

Specialist Nurses and Outpatient Services

The specialist nurses are part of the life-long service you will receive from the centre. They will follow you up in the community after discharge, and visit you within two weeks when subsequent visits will be arranged as needed. You will also see them at your out-patient clinic appointments.

Therapy Department

The spinal cord injuries therapy team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants.

Social Worker

The social worker at the centre is Jane Atha and is available Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm. The role of the social worker on the Spinal Cord Injuries Centre is, with your permission, to refer for social care assessments from the patient’s home area.

Discharge Nurse

The discharge nurse at the spinal cord injury centre is Cyndi Dixon who will liaise with healthcare providers in the community for patients who will need care following discharge.

Clinical Psychology Team

The clinical psychology team meet with all newly injured patients on the unit and are involved throughout their admission. An outpatient service is also available following discharge.

Liaison Psychiatry Team

The liaison psychiatry team provides an efficient, effective and seamless, 24 hour individualised mental health service for people aged 18 and over who are accessing the Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at The James Cook University Hospital.

Outpatient Clinics

The spinal cord injury centre (SCIC) offers outpatient clinics which are led by various medical staff. The clinics are held at the SCIC and at outreach clinics based at Blyth Community Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Peer Support

Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters (although it can be provided by peers without training), and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening or counselling.