Salford Royal Neuropsychologist to work with World Health Organisation in Ukraine

16 November 2022

Dr Alistair Teager, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences (MCCN) at Salford Royal Care Organisation is embarking on an excellent opportunity to help in the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Ukraine.

Alistair will soon begin work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help establish a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation centre in Ukraine. The Rivne Rehabilitation Centre will become Ukraine’s national centre for post-acute spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury care.

There has been an increase SCI and TBIs in Ukraine because of the ongoing war and use of explosive weapons in populated areas, as such, it is essential that a specialised centre to help provide much needed complex care and rehabilitation management is established.

Alistair is well versed in working with patients who have been through significant trauma. His team were heavily involved in providing inpatient psychological support for those brought to Salford Royal following the Manchester Arena Attack. In addition to his work in both inpatients and outpatients, Alistair also has a number of research interests including emergency preparedness, major trauma, hyper-acute neurorehabilitation, and challenging to manage behaviours.

Alistair will join an international multi-disciplinary team (MDT) appointed by the WHO, including rehabilitation medicine doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. He is looking forward to heading over to Ukraine in December as a part of the humanitarian effort:

“This is such a great opportunity to get involved in some really important work that will make a big difference to patient outcomes. The new centre will also help provide some much-needed support for the tertiary trauma centres who are dealing with the overwhelming increase in patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. I’m really excited to get over there and get started.”

Congratulations on this great achievement!

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