Social Therapeutic and Recreational Rehabilitation Team (STARRT)

STARRT provides social and recreational rehabilitation to inpatients in Walkergate Park.

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  • Introduction

    The aim of this leaflet is to provide you with information about the Social Therapeutic and Recreational Rehabilitation Team. If you have any questions about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is the Social Therapeutic and Recreational Rehabilitation Team (STARRT)?

    STARRT work with you to promote your independence and increase your quality of life through taking part in social and leisure activities. The team consists of an Occupational therapist team lead, a qualified nurse clinician, activity facilitators and occasional volunteers and is based at Walkergate Park.

  • Who is it for?

    The team provides a service for Walkergate Park inpatients.

  • What to expect

    Following your assessment STARRT staff will work with you to develop an individual programme. The programme focuses on enjoyment and participation. STARRT works with you to look at the social, emotional, and physical problems you are having, programmes which can change and develop with your needs.

    STARRT should not be confused with recreational services that organise recreational activities just for pleasure.

  • What does STARRT provide?

    STARRT provides groups such as beauty therapy; social groups, as well as 1:1 sessions for individual patients and community access programmes to meet individual patient needs.

  • What are the benefits of social leisure activities?

    Activities can help in the development of social support networks and community participation.

    Taking part in these types of therapy can help to lower the risks of developing conditions including depression, stress and anxiety and benefits your neuro-rehabilitation needs.

  • Interpreters

    If you would like an interpreter, this can be arranged by the team.

  • References

    • The National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions Department for Health, March 2005
    • Multiple Sclerosis: National Clinical Guidelines for diagnosis and Management in Primary and Secondary Care NICE 2003
    • Leisure activity after stroke International Disability Studies 1990; 12:L157-160
    • Social adjustment after closed head injury; a further follow up seven years after injury. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and psychiatry 1985; 48:564-568
    • Anxiety and Depression after spinal cord injury: a longitudinal analysis. Archives of physical medicine and Rehabilitation 2001; 15:657-668
    • Rehabilitation of the physically disabled adult (2nd edition) Cheletenham : Stanley Thornes 1997.
    • Quality of life in family members of persons with chronic neurological disability
    Epilepsy and Quality of Life, Raven Press 1994
    • Outcome following traumatic brain injury: a comparison between 2 and 5 years after injury Brain Injury 1996; 10:841-848

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Further information

    For further information please contact the Team Lead on 0191 287 5152

  • Contact details

    Walkergate Park
    Benfield Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE6 4QD
    Tel: 0191 287 5152

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    Ref, PIC/598/1121 November 2021 V5 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2024