Illnesses and long-term conditions


Rehabilitation, in this context, refers to a wide range of interventions, approaches and information to support recovery from, and prevention of, a wide range of long-term health conditions (including long Covid). People that benefit from rehabilitation are those that have suffered an injury, have developed a disease or illness which has impacted on their physical or mental health, undergone surgery, have a disability and those whose function has declined through age or deconditioning.

You can learn more about our work on alcohol and drugs rehabilitation by reading about our policies on alcohol and drugs.

National Advisory Board Rehabilitation

The National Advisory Board for Rehabilitation (NABR) was established in December 2020 to provide expert advice and support leadership in NHS boards, integration authorities, local government, independent and third sector in relation to the delivery of the Framework for Supporting People through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Understanding rehabilitation services and how they were being impacted by the pandemic

To gain a better understanding of rehabilitation services and how they were being impacted by the pandemic, a self-assessment online survey was launched in May 2021. This survey (for responses, see Rehabilitation Framework Self-Assessment Tool: Analysis of Survey Responses) gathered views and experiences from those working in rehabilitation services. During this period, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) sought input from across third sector organisations through the Report of Third Sector Responses to Self-Assessment Tool.

Once for Scotland Rehabilitation Approach

We published the Once for Scotland Rehabilitation Approach in June 2022, based on the six principles of good rehabilitation. It addresses the challenges of individuals who are emerging from the Covid pandemic with increasingly complex physical and mental health needs that require rehabilitation.

In September 2022, as part of the National Allied Health Professions (AHP) Conversations webinar series, we partnered with NHS Education for Scotland to deliver the Rehabilitation and Recovery: A Once for Scotland Person-Centred Approach to Rehabilitation in a Post-Covid Era webinar.

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