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Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE)

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Neurological rehabilitation inpatient referrals

OCE's inpatient service provides Level 1 inpatient rehabilitation for patients requiring highly specialist rehabilitation from Oxfordshire and the entire Wessex area.

A patient is considered suitable for admission (assuming funding is available) if the patient:

  • has been appropriately investigated and been given a diagnosis that explains their impairments
  • has complex needs, requiring input from more than three rehabilitation disciplines, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology and speech and language therapy
  • would not gain an equal benefit from a more readily available service
  • would be safe in this environment
  • does not have a tracheostomy or require oxygen therapy.

Examples of the most common diagnoses of our patients are:

  • ischaemic stroke
  • intracranial haemorrhage
  • traumatic or metabolic brain injury
  • encephalitis
  • acute peripheral neuropathies.

Our main focus is neurological rehabilitation; however, we do consider referrals of other non-neurological patients who require complex multidisciplinary input, such as after multiple amputation and/or polytrauma.

Patients may be admitted for anything between two weeks and several months. Discharge will be arranged in collaboration with relevant local services and may involve setting up care packages, equipment, adaptations and outpatient clinical follow-up.

Many patients return home, but some need to transfer to a nursing home or residential care placement and, rarely, a patient may need to return to the referring hospital if they live outside Oxfordshire.


Please use Online Acute Referral System (OARS) choosing 'rehabilitation' as the specialty to refer to. Thank you.

New referrals are considered on a weekly basis, and we will contact the referrer after the first meeting.

Potential outcomes include:

  • immediate acceptance on the waiting list
  • collecting further information by coming to assess the patient and/or by telephone
  • transferring the referral to another service within the centre
  • suggesting some other way of resolving the problem.

If you have queries or need assistance with making your OARS referral please contact us.


Last reviewed:22 February 2024