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Rehabilitation in industry.

Philips, Frank.

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The rehabilitation of accident and other non-work related cases in a special unit which forms part of the industrial medical service at a large car factory. An insight into the Rehabilitation 'shop' at Vauxhall Motors which handles 300 people per year. A man arrives in a motorised chair and manoeuvres himself into a wheelchair. The men in the workshop are engaged at mostly seated benches doing dry, light engineering work. The men return to work quickly ostensibly to avoid muscle wastage using a range of ingenious adjustments to the machinery to perform light repetitive tasks suitable to their capabilities. Many of the adjustments are machine made in the Rehabilitation Shop itself. There is a physiotherapy department. The Vauxhall 'boot' is demonstrated - it is a real boot made large enough to fit over a foot/leg which has been placed in plaster. At the end of the day, the men clock off 5 minutes early in order to avoid the rush and are paid in the same way. The narrator points out that it is important not to let them 'mope' about; men are seen in a club or public house with pints of bitter playing darts - one of the patients beats the able-bodied players.


England : Vauxhall Motors, 1950.

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1 encoded moving image (35:38 min.) : sound, black & white.



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Vauxhall Motors Ltd

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Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

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A Vauxhall Motors Film produced in co-operation with the Vauxhall Motors' Rehabilitation Unit. Direction and Photography Eric Muller, Commentary Frank Phillips with gratitude to the staff of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.


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