Birt: The Brain Injury Librarian

Welcome to The Trust's 'Brain Injury Library' a central resource point for people with brain injuries, families, professionals and the media.

Here you can find links for useful information related to brain injury, provided by experts from across the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) and The Disabilities Trust.

Whether it's you, or maybe somebody you know with a brain injury, if you are a health and social care professional supporting others, or if you are simply looking to learn more about brain injury, you will find relevant resources here.

Here you can find more specific information about: Concussion, the Brain injury needs indicator (BINI), our BIRT guide to living - for adults with a brain injury, our Show your brain some love awareness campaign, as well as a Tips and tricks series of booklets and further information.

Brain injury library

Brain injury affects so many people as well as the person with the injury, so we have designed the library to provide information on a wide range of aspects including:

Should you require any further information on any of the topics discussed please don’t hesitate to contact the Communications Team on 01444 237 279 or Email

For a useful introduction and overview about brain injury, please see our video below:

Information about concussion

Concussion can be difficult to diagnose and is not always obvious. We want to ensure a better prognosis for people (including rugby and football players) who sustain these injuries, and to highlight the role that friends and family can play in identifying concussion symptoms. With this in mind the Trust has also offered its neurobehavioural expertise to both the Rugby Football Union and the Football Association.

Read our statement on concussion to find out more.

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The Brain injury needs indicator (BINI)

The Brain injury needs indicator (BINI) is a free tool we have developed to assist with identifying the deficits of people with a suspected or diagnosed acquired brain injury.

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. You can find out more about the BINI through this short video:

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Show your brain some love

Our Show your brain some love awareness campaign is an opportunity to show ways of helping to prevent brain injury through six top tips through our character called 'Birt'. It has become an ongoing awareness campaign for the Trust. For more information on how to "Show your brain some love"

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25th Anniversary poster

BIRT has released a new limited edition publication to mark its 25th year in brain injury rehabilitation. 'Changing lives' is a full colour booklet which includes:

BIRT guide to living - for adults with brain injury

Our BIRT guide to living - for adults with brain injury is the first comprehensive guide of its kind, written by our own clinicians, therapists and experts in brain injury. The guide is designed to offer support, practical advice and helpful information to those living with, or affected by a brain injury.

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Tips and Tricks - for young people, adults and professionals

Here is a series of leaflets by the Trust for young people and adults with a brain injury, including information leaflets for families and professionals.

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Further information

We offer a range of training and a series of free educational seminars around the UK for professionals working in the field of acquired brain injury (ABI), as well as occupational therapy workshops for people working within ABI.

We provide bespoke training for professionals who support homeless people, prisoners and ex-offenders to raise awareness of the problems individuals can face if suffering from a brain injury.

View our brain injury research programme including the cost-benefits of provision of neurobehavioural rehabilitation.

We recommend looking at Headway - the brain injury association's website for statistics on brain injury.

If you would like to find out information on children with a brain injury we recommend looking at the Children's Trust website.

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