Royal College of Physicians Medal for Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes

30th October 2018

Congratulations to Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes who has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians President’s medal for Services to Specialist Medicine in Areas with Wider Application. This year is the 500th celebration year of the Royal College of Physicians.

Lynne was appointed to the Herbert Dunhill Chair of Rehabilitation at King’s in 2001, with a view to developing a two-site academic department of rehabilitation between King’s and Northwick Park Hospital. Academic Rehabilitation joined forces with the Department of Palliative Care and Policy in 2003.

Northwick Park’s Regional Hyperacute Rehabilitation Unit provides a tertiary specialist rehabilitation service for younger adult patients with severe complex disabilities, mainly resulting from acquired brain injury. The RRU acts as a central focus for research and training for all professionals involved in rehabilitation, and has a national and international reputation as a leading service in the field of neurological rehabilitation.

Professor Turner-Stokes’ latest scientific paper, co-authored by Dr Mendy Dzingina, Lecturer at the Cicely Saunders Institute,  is due to be published shortly in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.  The paper is about life-time savings from rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. The findings demonstrate lifetime savings in excess of £4.1bn for the national cohort of patients with severe traumatic brain injury admitted for specialist in-patient rehabilitation in England, making rehabilitation one of the most cost-effective interventions in healthcare.