severe acquired brain injury case study

A Cambridgeshire care community is now able to deliver pioneering robotics expertise as part of its rehabilitation offering. Building on ten years of experience in specialist neurorehabilitation, Askham is now bringing all its rehab services together with the launch of Askham Rehab, a specialist rehabilitation service incorporating cutting-edge robotics and sensor assisted technology.


Part of Askham Village Community based in Doddington, Askham Rehab is a dedicated service that’s been launched in the wake of significant investment, enabling the introduction of state-of-the-art robotics equipment – a move which puts it at the forefront of rehabilitation in the region and beyond.

Able to enhance the treatment of a range of conditions, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, and various traumas, as well as strokes and other neurological conditions, the technology is set to prove a “game changer” in Askham Rehab’s offering.

Priscilla Masvipurwa, Head of Rehab and Nursing Services at Askham, said: “This is going to be a game changer in our approach to rehabilitation. Robotics helps to bridge the gap, increasing the frequency and repetitiveness of treatment, something that’s an essential part of the process. We anticipate that this will enable us to support our patients to reach their goals in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

With 30 years of experience in the care sector, including 10 years of neurological rehabilitation expertise, Askham Rehab’s wide-ranging capabilities incorporates a variety of disciplines, including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and nursing. The introduction of robotics augments Askham Rehab’s traditional disciplines, allowing for a more quantitative and targeted approach to treatment, as well as greater discretion when targeting key areas following neurological events.

Alongside this, the results and outcomes achieved via the new robotics and sensor assisted technology are second to none, thereby enhancing the overall rehabilitation offering delivered by Askham.

Priscilla added: “Working alongside our patients to establish their personal goals, we deliver a tailored approach to suit individual needs. Enabling patients in this way helps to aid them in their recovery, as they become fully invested in the process. The ethos at Askham Rehab is very much focused on a person-centred approach, and the introduction of robotics serves to enhance this further. This is very much a team effort, and with each patient we are their own personal team, empowering them to reach their goals.”

Askham’s initial investment in robotics saw funding come from the Cambridge Combined Mayoral Authority, before the Askham board then invested a significant amount themselves as it moved to secure its position as a sector leading provider of specialist rehabilitation services.

Delivered by Tyromotion, a leading supplier of technology-based rehabilitation devices, the robotics equipment caters to a broad range of needs. Alongside quantitative, targeted assessments Tyromotion’s products are designed to motivate, helping to merge classic therapy with the latest technology to deliver a highly intensive, rewarding rehabilitative experience for patients.

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, Operations Director at Askham Village Community, said: “We put the individual at the heart of our offering, and this approach is supplemented by our robotics offering. Much of it is focused on motivating the recipient to push themselves, providing goal-driven therapy that brings in an element of challenge and fun, helping patients to achieve more in a shorter timeframe.”

She added: “Delivering a high-quality service is essential and we feel a moral obligation to take steps to ensure the best for our patients and residents. Robotics was the next step in our evolution at Askham Rehab and we’re excited to be able to provide it to those who need it most.”