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At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we understand that head injury and acquired brain injury can affect the whole family. Our services take everyone's needs into account.

Here you will find information to help you understand acquired brain injury (ABI) and how it can affect you and your family.

To find out whether the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust could provide rehabilitation for your family member or a friend:

  1. Check which of our services are nearest to you and what they offer. Find your nearest Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust service.
  2. Ask a professional whether BIRT is an appropriate option for your family member or friend. The person could be a:
    • G.P.
    • Hospital doctor or clinician
    • Solicitor / case manager (if a medico-legal compensation claim is involved)

The professional can then contact the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service direct to determine whether we can provide the appropriate services.

Referrals

Formal referrals to BIRT services are usually made by professionals because:

  1. We need access to the medical records and reports so we can determine whether we can provide a suitable service
  2. The professional will need to support an application for funding, to pay for the rehabilitation.

Read about referrals and admissions to help understand what happens and who is involved in this process.

support worker sits with female service user in the dining area of Kerwin Court

Funding rehabilitation at BIRT services

The professional who makes the referral to our service may not be responsible for arranging or authorising the funding. Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) services can be funded from a combination of the following sources:

  • The NHS usually funds the services delivered in our hospitals or the intensive assessment and rehabilitation in our neurobehavioural centres.
  • Social services funds are used solely, or in conjunction with, NHS funding for our continuing rehabilitation services. transitional living services or our community services.
  • Medico-legal / compensation claims (or other private sources) can fund any of our services

We are happy to provide any fee information that might be needed by the professionals involved in the referral or funding.

If your friend or relative is admitted to a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust service you are welcome to visit regularly. Our goal is to understand their unique needs and create a programme that will give them the best possible chance of rehabilitation. Our programmes are designed to be challenging to encourage them to make as much progress towards social reintegration.

Please see our video (right) for a useful introduction and overview to acquired brain injury.

Information about concussion

Concussion is not always obvious and can be difficult to diagnose. We want to ensure a better prognosis for people (including rugby and football players) who sustain these injuries, and to highlight the role that friends and family can play in identifying concussion symptoms. With this in mind the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust has also offered its neurobehavioural expertise to both the Rugby Football Union and the Football Association.

Read the Disabilities Trust's statement on concussion to find out more.

The Brain Injury Needs Indicator

The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is a free tool we have developed to help identify the deficits of people with a suspected or diagnosed acquired brain injury (ABI).

This tool has been developed at the request of the Department of Health for use by social workers and professionals during adult social care assessments.

Find out more about the BINI in this short video.

Advice and support

If you would like advice and support about an aspect of living with brain injury, you may wish to contact Headway. Headway’s Freephone Helpline 0808 800 2244 is run by a team of trained nurses and non-clinical staff. They have a network of support groups across the country, for people with brain injury and their families and carers.

Useful books

Useful Links:

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Legal & Welfare Service (LAWS)

LAWS is a free, no-obligation legal and welfare service for service users and their families which BIRT is currently offering at Thomas Edward Mitton House, Milton Keynes with a view to rolling it out across BIRT’s services. Delivered by law firm members of the Brain Injury Group, with support from specialist financial and welfare advisors, LAWS usually involves solicitors from local law firms visiting the BIRT centre to provide advice and information on a range of legal, financial and welfare issues.

The advice and information is provided both on a confidential basis to individual service users and/or their family at private appointments and in open sessions on legal topics relevant to those affected by brain injury which everyone is welcome to attend.