PRESS RELEASE: 21stNovember 2018

Yorkshire Rehabilitation Company named as one of Europe’s 100 Digital Pioneers

Ground breaking Intensive Neurological Rehabilitation Centre has been recognised by the Financial Times, Google and leading European policy makers as one of the Top 100 companies for pioneering Digital Innovation in  Europe.

The MOTIONrehab Centre in Leeds was selected for technological innovation, its role in leading digital change, and in challenging an industry sector with a disruptive business model. MOTIONrehab has been recognised as a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation by ‘Europe’s Road to Growth list’ supported by Google and the Financial Times, which aims to highlight organisations and companies that are tackling the challenge of digitalisation and taking advantage of new technologies in ground-breaking and interesting ways.

The innovation foundation created in partnership with Google, Nesta, and The Financial Times, sought out organisations from across Europe who are demonstrating best practice in digital transformation.

On the 21st November Google and FT, are hosting a ‘Europe’s Road to Growth’ event in Brussels to celebrate with those individuals/companies who have been recognised in the report. MOTIONrehab are proud to be selected by such a prestigious field of experts and are delighted to be recognised as one of Europe’s 100 digital transformation champions.

MOTIONrehab provides specialist neurological rehabilitation augmented by state-of-the-art robotics and virtual reality technology. It is the only centre in the UK with these specific devices, providing high intensity rehabilitation for people recovering from injuries such as a stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. Following extensive research in the UK and overseas, centre owner and Clinical Director Sarah Daniel was keen to bring the latest technology to her clinic in Yorkshire in the North of England to complement traditional rehabilitation techniques. The centre opened in May 2018 and clients are already benefiting.

Clinical Director Sarah Daniel said:

“Rehabilitation is based around the ‘practice makes perfect’ adage: the more you do, the better you get. It is difficult to achieve the number of repetitions of exercise needed to rewire the nervous system with traditional approaches. MOTIONrehab therefore implemented Robotic and Virtual Reality technologies into their clinic to provide the high intensity training their clients need to optimise their outcomes from rehabilitation.”

MOTIONrehab is combining the skills and experience of its specialist neurological clinical team with the very latest VR and robotic-assisted equipment to provide bespoke, high intensity rehabilitation programmes that will give the brain a better chance of re-learning following neurological illness or injury. The outcomes so far show that rehabilitation outcomes improve significantly by implementing the Robotics and VR technology.

Clinical Director Sarah Daniel highlighted:

“Many people simply aren’t aware of how much progress it is possible to make with this ‘high repetition’ approach. We want to change that. We want to help more people access these benefits and get their lives back more quickly.”

Recognised for its digital innovation, MOTIONrehab created a robotics and VR suite, with equipment that enables patients to practise dynamic and motivating exercises to help maintain or regain balance, the ability to walk, and hand and arm movement.  The MOTIONrehab centre is the first facility in the UK to offer open access to a comprehensive range of devices designed to treat all aspects of arm and leg rehabilitation, using robotics and virtual reality. The devices enable high repetition of movement and are based on gaming technology, which encourages patients to aim for higher scores to keep them motivated.

Sarah says: “Not only does this make treatment more interesting and engaging for patients, but integrating these devices with traditional therapy means that people at any stage of their rehabilitation, and with any level of disability, can participate in motivating and challenging therapy. People want to get well, and they want to get their lives back. High intensity rehabilitation has a crucial role to play, and our new technology makes it available and accessible.”


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About MOTIONrehab

MOTIONrehab is a team of 25 specialist neurological physiotherapists, occupational therapists and exercise instructors working across Yorkshire and Humberside. The team has been delivering independent private rehabilitation for over 10 years in its own clinics, private rehabilitation hospitals and homes across the region. In May 2018, MOTIONrehab launched the UK’s first Intensive Neurological Rehabilitation Centre for people with stroke, spinal cord injury, head injuries and other neurological conditions. For more information about the new centre, please visit  

About Sarah Daniel

Sarah Daniel qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School and completed her Masters degree in Neurological Physiotherapy at Coventry University. Sarah is MOTIONrehab’s Clinical Director for Yorkshire and Humberside and chairs the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MLACP). Sarah has a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of neurological conditions using hands on facilitatory techniques and rehabilitation technology. She is an expert witness in her field providing Medico-Legal Reports for solicitors and rehabilitation needs reports for case managers and other health professionals. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah lectures nationally and internationally. She also teaches postgraduate courses in Neurological Rehabilitation and Medico-Legal report writing.

About Europes Road To Growth

Europe’s Road to Growth takes place on Wednesday, November 21st in Brussels. The event will celebrate 100 digital pioneers who are using technology in groundbreaking ways and who will be highlighted in the Financial Times Europe’s Road to Growth special report, with support from Google. The event will feature a special message from Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and a keynote from Matt Brittin, President of Google Europe. The agenda also includes a panel debate chaired by Leyla Boulton from the Financial Times on digital transformation, trends and opportunities in Europe.

This will be an opportunity to celebrate with the digital pioneers recognised in the report, alongside European industry leaders and fellow policy experts.

Media contacts

For more about this story, or to arrange an interview or visit to the new centre, contact Sarah Daniel at MOTONrehab +44 (0) 1423 608081 or email:

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