Healthcare & Assisted Living

Given that Buckinghamshire’s Paralympic Legacy was built from Stoke Mandeville’s medical heritage, it is no surprise that a medical based legacy is an important part of the work programme. It was in 1944 that Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann set up a spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to look after war casualties. Now, the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) is recognised as a world leader in the care and rehabilitation of severely injured patients. 25 former patients of the National Spinal Injury Unit were part of the Great Britain Paralympic Team in 2012 and the centre has the only dedicated spinal unit for children and young people www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk

One of the primary aims of Dr Guttmann was to ensure that patients were able to live independent lives and this