The NR Times 2023 Awards, delivered in partnership with headline sponsor Elysium Healthcare, celebrates innovation, dedication and leadership in the neuro-rehab world.

We aim to shine a light on excellence in a wide range of categories, representing the many factors which influence the neuro-rehab journey. Entries and nominations are open now. We encourage you to read about each category below and enter / nominate via the form at the bottom of this page.

Key dates:
5th June: Nominations / entries open
8th September: Nominations for all categories close
Throughout September: Shortlisting and judging process + public voting for 'People's Choice' Award
26th October: Winners announced during an online video presentation

Entries are now closed. The shortlist will be announced soon.

Award categories

Categories and sponsors

Through effective combination of teamwork and neuro-rehab, people with life-changing injuries continue to surpass expectations in what can be achieved. We are looking for cases in which patients have secured life-changing progress through the work of either an individual practitioner or business, or that of an MDT, enabling them to look to an infinitely more positive future.

About the category sponsor

Elysium Neurological is a division of Elysium Healthcare (part of Ramsey Health Care). With specialised neurological care homes and hospitals across England, we provide expert rehabilitation and support for men and women with a wide range of neurological presentations including brain and spinal injury, complex physical disability (including tracheostomy, vent and PDOC care) and neuroprogressive conditions (including Huntington’s disease and complex dementias). Our services focus on providing personalised clinical programmes with measurable outcomes. We deliver services across five clinical pathways: Neurorehabilitation, Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation, Complex Physical care, Neuroprogressive conditions and Complex Dementias most of which are commissioned by the NHS.

The work of a legal team in securing a settlement and bespoke package of rehabilitation after brain or spinal cord injury can truly be life-changing for whole families. We are looking to find those lawyers who truly go the extra mile for clients in achieving that, displaying deep commitment to achieving the best outcome, delivering unrivalled service and keeping the client at the heart of the matter throughout the process. 

About the category sponsor

Chroma works across the Health, Education and Social Care sectors and is the UK’s largest and leading provider of HCPC regulated Creative Arts Therapies services. Chroma won the prestigious “Supporting the Industry” category at the 2022 PI Awards, and is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Chroma is commissioned by NHS and private hospitals, brain injury case managers, local authorities, schools and residential nursing and care homes. It’s team of 100+ art, drama and music therapists work nationally and collaboratively within MDTs and are fully supported behind the scenes by Chroma’s experienced management team.

This is an exciting time for case management, with the development of the IRCM helping to create a new future for the profession. We want to find those firms who are making their own contribution to a dynamic and forward-thinking direction for case management, working collaboratively to deliver the care, support and rehabilitation a client needs, placing the client at the heart of everything and securing life-changing outcomes.

About the category sponsor

Morrello is a private rehabilitation service, providing outpatient and community neurological rehabilitation services across South Wales / Southwest of England and is the only INPA member in Wales, Operating from its specialist centre located along the M4, Morrello employs neurological physiotherapists, OT’s and technicians who provide specialist therapy for adults
and children complemented with advanced rehabilitation technology. Treatments are available for a range of neurological conditions such as: Stroke, ABI, SCI, CP etc. Ranging from High Intensity Rehabilitation (25 / 30 hours per week) to one off consultations and reports. Morrello also rents out specialist equipment to enhance rehabilitation at home

After discharge from an acute environment, the care a person receives can play a transformative role in their ongoing recovery; often, it is the support they receive during this time which can truly supercharge their rehab. This award seeks to recognise the providers whose care is delivering beyond-expectation outcomes in a positive environment, with care delivered by a supported and committed team.

About the category sponsor

Embrace HR Limited is a specialist HR provider to firms’ Court of Protection teams. It provides solicitors, deputies, case managers and families with HR support including administration, the provision of contracts, and recruitment. Our proactive approach ensures that our HR support for care employees is positive, fair and compliant. If issues arise, we are there to ensure any grievances are handled with due diligence.

Therapy providers play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process, delivering the interventions which can be so vital in transforming lives after serious injury. This award will recognise the provider - from any therapy discipline - who is truly going over and above in the delivery of its service, embracing innovation and best practice, while supporting the client in every way possible in rebuilding their life.

About the category sponsor

Irwin Mitchell’s reputation for helping clients & their families with a wide range of personal legal issues is second to none. Our highly specialised team combines powerful legal knowledge & experience with care & consideration to ensure that clients receive the best possible support & guidance not only with the immediate matter in hand, but for life.  So whether they need help writing a Will, have been in an accident, suffered an injury or illness that wasn’t their fault or looking at divorce options, we can offer clear guidance to get the right result for your clients and their families.

Neuro-rehab continues to see huge advances, with new technology and ways of working helping to redefine what is possible for patients with neurological injury or illness. We are looking for the individuals or providers who has embraced innovation to give new hope and secure beyond-expectation outcomes, helping to create examples of best practice which set an example to the wider sector.

About the category sponsor

Iris Care Group provides specialist pathways of care with a focus on people with complex needs and behaviours that challenge. Our services across south Wales and the West of England provide support for people with learning disabilities, Autism, mental health issues and personality disorder, along with neurodegenerative conditions and ABI. Our domiciliary care, supported living, residential and nursing services allow people to live independent and meaningful lives in the community, whilst our specialist hospitals provide, assessment, care and treatment. Our Special Educational Needs college provides residential and day placements to young people and adults. We take pride in offering safe, compassionate and empowering care and support in high quality environments.

Research is fundamental to the ongoing innovation and development of neuro-rehab, and in paving the way to redefined futures for people after life-changing injury. We are looking for examples of research initiatives which are seeking to make the positive change which will lead to a better future, either for people currently living with brain or spinal cord injury, or to give hope for the future.

About the category sponsor

Askham Rehab is part of Askham Village Community, a family-run operation with more than 30 years’ experience of working in the sector, including a decade within the field of neurological rehabilitation. Askham Rehab recognises excellence as something that goes beyond the norms of accepted practice and towards its pride in achieving a ‘best-in-class’ service.

Through the ongoing introduction of digitalisation into healthcare, the field of neuro-rehab particularly has seen a number of new working practices and innovations to support remote rehabilitation for patients. This award will recognise the most outstanding examples of technology or revised ways of working which fully embrace remote rehab and the opportunities it brings.

About the category sponsor

Think Therapy 1st are Specialists in Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy for clients of all ages, injuries, and levels resulting from personal injury or clinical negligence. Our expert hands-on therapy and support help clients regain independence and overcome obstacles.

Your client will restore their abilities rather than simply adapting to their limitations so they can get back to what they want and need to do. Delivered in the client's home or wherever they need it.

We can commission, coordinate and manage all third parties required as part of a multidisciplinary approach but will ultimately empower the client to do this themselves, giving them lifelong independence.

The work of charities supports countless patients and families in their recovery and day-to-day lives, helping to create the support structure around whole families that can be so truly life-changing in its impact. We want to find those charities whose interventions are so critical to the lives of those living with neurological illness or injury, working in innovative and proactive ways to sustain and grow the organisation, while putting service users at the heart of everything they do.

About the category sponsor

The Reach story begins in 1995, with our founder Heather Batey. As a qualified, experienced Occupational Therapist, Heather understood that brain injury rehabilitation worked. That it delivered better outcomes for TBI patients – as long as it was delivered in the right way. But the limitations of the NHS meant that this treatment was often delivered in a hospital or residential care setting – an environment that isn’t appropriate to helping a patient fully recover their independence. There had to be a more effective way to rehabilitate patients. There was. Providing rehabilitation and counselling at home. Reach. A way of providing expert clinical treatment in clients’ homes to maximise their rehabilitation potential, and give them back their much-needed independence. It’s like the old saying goes. Give someone a fish, and they’ll be fed for a day. Teach them how to fish, they’ll feed themselves for the rest of their life. Reach’s story is one of teaching patients how to manage their own recovery. How to push themselves to achieve as much pre-injury function as possible. How to regain their own independence – and retain it. It’s a story with thousands of positive outcomes. And it’s a story that’s set to continue for years to come. 

Healthcare is a field in which the phrase ‘above and beyond’ is regularly and rightly used to describe the selfless dedication of those working within the sector. This award looks to recognise the commitment of individuals, teams or whole organisations in truly going that extra mile, going ‘above and beyond’ their line of work to achieve something remarkable.

About the category sponsor

BIS Services are award winning specialist providers of cognitive rehabilitation and support services in the community, where our aim is to maximise function in our clients who are living with a brain injury or neurological illness. Working within a multi and inter disciplinary team, our fully trained rehabilitation assistants improve outcomes and enable our clients and their families to manage the effects of brain injury effectively.

In neuro-rehab, every day brings stories of hope and inspiration, whether through patients achieving huge and unexpected milestones, the dedication of clinicians in supporting clients to achieve new heights, or the work of charity figures or family members in delivering the much-needed support. This award will highlight examples of these inspirational and often life-changing contributions that mean so much.

About the category sponsor

TRU Rehabilitation Limited is a specialist Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) rehabilitation facility which operates within residential units and community outreach in the North West. With a highly skilled multidisciplinary team providing a full pathway of person centred rehabilitation. For over 30 years TRU has demonstrated the hidden potential of rehabilitation and through research has established a pathway for ABI rehabilitation with flexibility and person centred approach. Service users are able to join or discharge from the pathway at any stage dependent upon their needs. Our service users are diverse in age, background and culture. TRU provides rehabilitation for adults who demonstrate rehabilitation potential and engage in rehabilitation systems and strategies. We encourage prospective service users, their family/carers and external support team to arrange a visit. This may include a tour of residential units, vocational sites and an opportunity to experience the TRU environment. Each client participates in a transparent referral and admission process which takes into consideration an individual’s physical, mental and emotional condition. Each client’s needs and goals are clearly defined in order to design an effective plan from admission to discharge. For more information, please contact the admissions team on 01942 707 000 or email us at

This award will recognise the individual, from whatever branch of neuro-rehab they operate in, who has truly excelled in their field through leadership, contribution, commitment and compassion. This award will be chosen by a public vote from a pre-determined shortlist following the nominations process in which we invite you, your  colleagues and contemporaries to make their choice of who should be named Rehab Leader of the Year. Nominations for this award close at midnight on July 31st. Voting will commence after that.

About the category sponsor

More than just a Case Management company, Breakthrough sets itself apart from its competitors with an in-house, integrated care and rehabilitation service, rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC,  alongside a committed approach to the use of innovative rehabilitation technology. Breakthrough offers law firms and clients an efficient, streamlined, one-stop-shop expert case management solution. Proactive and steadfastly person-centered in their approach, their case managers pride themselves on pre-empting potential barriers to effective rehabilitation. Clients, families and solicitors alike can rest assured in the knowledge that the company is made up of experienced, skilled professionals, supported by senior staff and clinical services managers, as well as a growing network of rehabilitation assistants and referred professionals.