It has been a bumper week for the profile of Liverpool brain injury rehabilitation centre, Redford Court. Visitors have included Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson, Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable and local Chief Superintendent, as well as the Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby, Stephen Twigg.
The centre is part of national charity the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and staff and the men and women supported there provided input and advice on rehabilitation and recovery from brain injury to screenwriters from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. The current storyline for the series follows the character ‘Esther’ after she was shot in the head.
The specialist neurorehabilitation delivered by Redford Court’s expert team of staff help people to relearn lost skills, with the aim of helping them live as independently as possible. The centre offers a range of accommodation to suit the needs of people at different stages of their recovery and also provides outreach support in people’s homes.
The week started with a visit from MP Stephen Twigg, who spent time speaking with people supported at the centre, hearing how rehabilitation and the support at the centre has helped them. Fellow Liverpool MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger previously visited the centre in 2016.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke and Chief Superintendent Claire Richards of Merseyside Police visited later in the week to discuss issues around brain injury and offending behaviour. Research undertaken nationally by the Trust has found nearly half of adult male offenders have a history of brain injury.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, met the charity’s Chief Executive Irene Sobowale to discuss his vision for Liverpool, and Trust staff raised the issue of housing provision for people leaving rehabilitation centres like Redford Court. People affected by brain injury may have ‘hidden’ disabilities as well as physical problems so housing should to be adapted to meet their needs. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:
“I was really impressed by BIRT’s passion and commitment to the people they help here in Liverpool. I have always said that helping the most vulnerable in the city is one of my big priorities, and despite severe funding cuts from Government we are still prioritising Adult Social Care. It has been helpful to meet with the Redford Court team to discuss their thoughts on provision for adults with brain injury in the city and how we can work together on the service.”
Irene Sobowale said:
“We are grateful to all our visitors for taking the time to see the valuable work we do here at Redford Court and in the community. Brain injury is a life-changing condition and it’s important to ensure support is available for people affected. BIRT is proud to deliver innovative support to people in Liverpool with brain injury and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the media, politicians, the city council and the police.”
Redford Court was at the heart of last year’s BBC Two Louis Theroux documentary ‘A Different Brain’. The documentary showed a close insight into brain injury and the rehabilitation journey, showing how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.
Pictured: (above) Dr Ivan Pitman Clinical Neuropsychologist Redford Court, Irene Sobowale Chief Executive The Disabilities Trust, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Michael Boardman Service User and Family Liaison Officer Redford Court
(below) Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Dr Rachael McNulty Clinical Psychologist for The Disabilities Trust Foundation, Chief Superintendent Claire Richards, Michael Boardman Service User and Family Liaison Officer Redford Court