The information on this page is designed for the families, carers and friends of service users at Daniel Yorath House. It will give you an idea of what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and rehabilitation process. At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of rehabilitation, as well as offering support, education and continuing help to their families, carers and friends. We actively promote the involvement of families in the rehabilitation process, and home leave is encouraged wherever possible.

If you would like to find out more, we have a wide range of literature available which provides helpful information to those experiencing the physical and emotional trauma of brain injury, as well as support and guidance for their families, friends and loved ones. The Disabilities Trust is committed to developing person centred plans to maximise service users' independence and encourage them to attain their full potential. Daniel Yorath House operates a family support group for relatives of service users to provide education and emotional support, both individually and within a group setting, and has a range of family information and resources available.

When a service user is admitted they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of:

service user working with occupational therapist in Daniel Yorath House

  • cognitive skills
  • the ability to undertake daily tasks
  • the ability to engage with the community
  • the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour

Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation programme is established. During the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join our team to discuss the assessment results and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation.

This takes into account the aspirations of both the service user and family members. A further period of rehabilitation may be involved and/or a move to a more independent environment such as Daniel Yorath's transitional living or transitional support service.

If a further period of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user will continue to work on their agreed goals. Their personalised treatment programme may include group or individual learning and therapy sessions, behavioural management and training in social and domestic skills. Service users are supported to structure their leisure time, to access the community and educational and vocational training and placements.

Treatment is focused on the specific goals of the programme, and progress is discussed at review meetings held every 12 weeks, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of the Trust’s community houses nearby.

The clinical team at Daniel Yorath House comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom are recognised in their field as having special expertise in the management of brain injury. The team is led by a consultant in neuropsychology and rehabilitation and includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, vocational trainers and rehabilitation support workers.

service user in physical therapy session with support worker in Daniel Yorath House

Clinical practice is based on a neurobehavioural approach and focuses on a combination of social and behavioural interventions to aid recovery of independence. The emphasis of assessment is on a systematic and structured observation of behaviour and skills in everyday situations and tasks.

Clinical governance is promoted through BIRT's Clinical Executive, a national forum comprising consultants in neuropsychology and rehabilitation from across the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) services. Led by Dr Sue Copstick, the Clinical Executive is committed to promoting clinical governance, training and research, as well as developing and reviewing clinical policies and procedures.

BIRT offers a nationwide continuum of services for people with acquired brain injuryincluding post-acute hospital-based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The duration of placements at Daniel Yorath House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation. We collect satisfaction questionnaires from service users, family members, funders and commissioners. View Daniel Yorath House's most recent Satisfaction Ratings.