The information on this page is designed for the families, carers and friends of service users at the new BIRT Centre for Wales. It will give you an insight into what BIRT does, 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 an acquired brain injury (ABI), 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.

Continuum

BIRT offers a UK-wide continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury including post-acute hospital based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The BIRT Centre for Walesprovides assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and a range of transitional living options to support those progressing to greater independence.

service user and support worker in Ty Aberdafen

When a service user is admitted to the BIRT Centre for Wales they undergo an in-depth neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of, for example, cognitive skills, the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour and the service user's ability to engage with the community and complete functional daily tasks.

At the end of the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join the team to discuss the results. This will enable the team to identify any barriers to recovery and link these with a course of rehabilitation and support, while taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members.

Clinical Practice and Clinical Team

The clinical team at Ty Aberdafen 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 isled by a consultant clinical neuropsychologist and includes clinical psychologists, a speech and language therapist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation support workers.

Clinical practice is based on a neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation 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 the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) Clinical Executive, a national forum comprising consultant clinical neuropsychologists from across BIRT's 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.