Do you deliver front-line services for the homeless or prisoners? Do you know, or suspect that you are working with people with a brain injury?

The Disabilities Trust Foundation has developed a validated Brain Injury Screening Index (BISI ®) that can be used within prison, probation, community and rehabilitation settings to establish whether someone has sustained a brain injury.

The BISI is an 11 question screening tool to help identify people with a brain injury, and it also gives an indication of the level of severity of the injury. The BISI is not a diagnostic tool, but records an individual’s self-reported history of brain injury. It has been developed for use by all levels of practitioners, and is available together with guidelines for its use now.

How does the BISI work?

The BISI is a straightforward tool, asking questions about injuries consisting of blows to the head, and the resulting treatment that was received. It also asks about previous medical history relating to illnesses of the brain. Answers to specific questions can be used to estimate the severity of any brain injury that may have been received.

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How can I get the BISI?

The BISI is provided free of charge subject to terms and conditions. This is so that we can ensure the organisations and individuals using the BISI use it in its entirety, do not amend or edit it, follow the accompanying guidelines and acknowledge that we hold copyright for the BISI. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions relating to the BISI during registration.

Register for the BISI or log in to your account here. Once you have completed the registration, it will be authorised by the Foundation and you will be provided with a copy of the BISI and the guidelines for its use within two working days. Please contact the Foundation if you would like to know more about the screening tool.

Find out more about our Brain Injury Awareness Training.