Milton Keynes Rapid Assessment and Intervention Team (RAIT) provides assessment, care planning and therapy to rehabilitate and promote independence in patients’ own homes or as close to home as possible.

It is one of a range of intermediate care services which provide therapies and rehabilitation in community settings for adults in Milton Keynes.

The team aims to assist patients to remain as independent as possible within their own home, supporting early discharge from hospital and avoiding hospital admission.

RAIT is a multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, and rehabilitation assistants. They will work with patients and together agree on their personal goals to help achieve them within a carefully planned therapeutic programme. This may last from a single visit to a maximum of six weeks, and reviewed at regular intervals.

RAIT also has access to rehabilitation beds in Windsor Intermediate Care Unit, Bletchley and Orchard House, Wolverton. These beds are available for people who are medically stable and do not require admission to Milton Keynes General Hospital. These facilities also provide 24-hour rehabilitation and reablement to support early discharge from hospital and allow people time to recover following an illness. A range of support is provided to maximise independence prior to discharge

The service is available to people over 18 registered with a Milton Keynes General Practitioner (GP).

The team accepts referrals from any health or social care professional, for example, GPs, district nurses, therapists, intermediate care team leaders, or any other community or hospital-based professional.

Referrals are made through Single Point of Access, Intermediate Care Services.

Following referral, a nurse or therapist will visit the patient, ideally at home. They will complete an assessment to identify the patient’s goals and needs. The assessment aims to gather further information about the patient’s physical abilities and social circumstances, and a history of their health status, medications and any recent illness.

This information is used to agree key goals with the patient and how the team can work with them to achieve these goals. If, after the assessment, the team is able to meet the patient’s needs, with their agreement a referral will be made to a more appropriate service.

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm. The last referral is accepted at 7pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm. The last referral is accepted at 3pm.

If you need help in a crisis, please do the following

  • Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
  • If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
  • If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.

Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.