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:
- Check which of our services are nearest to you and what they offer. Find your nearest Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust service.
- Ask a professional whether BIRT is an appropriate option for your family member or friend. The person could be a:
- 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.
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.
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.
- Head Injury - A Practical Guide, by Trevor Powell available from Headway
- Head Injury (the facts) by Daisley, Tams & Kischka (2008), Oxford University Press
- Coping with Memory Problems: A Practical Guide for People with Memory Impairments, their Relatives, Friends and Carers, by Linda Clare and Barbara Wilson available from Headway
- My parent has a brain injury by Jo Johnson and Lauren Densham available Headway
- My Mum makes the best cakes by Jo Johnson and Lauren Densham available from Headway
- My Dad builds the best boats by by Jo Johnson and Lauren Densham available from Amazon
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.