At The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), we offer services to people with a wide range of needs following acquired brain injury.

Through our programmes, we support our service users to change behaviours of concern, reduce risks, and build skills to live as independently as possible.

Our Outcome Report explains how our service users in 2018 changed and achieved more independence following rehabilitation and care at BIRT services.

In 2018, we provided rehabilitation and support to a total of 476 people.

228 people were admitted to our services, and 215 were discharged, mostly to more independent living environments.

Click here to download the full BIRT Outcome Report 2018 as a PDF.

Profiles and needs based rehabilitation programmes

Needs based rehabilitation programmes

Our onsite multidisciplinary teams provide rehabilitation programmes based on each person's rehabilitation needs, or clinical profile. Our identified profiles are:

The clinical profiles are usually identified as people move into our services. The profiles enable the people we support, their families, and professionals to understand what they can expect from rehabilitation and the speed and extent of progress.

This change in the way we describe our services shows how rehabilitation programmes match each service user's needs independently of the cause of brain injury. We will be showing even greater transparency about the degree and type of clinical input, and the costs associated with this. BIRT's neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation ensures that all our stakeholders can continue to expect care and rehabilitation designed to meet the specific needs of those living with the consequences of an acquired brain injury.

What are our outcomes?

Our aim is to support service users to achieve their individual goals, become more independent, and maximise their quality of life.

Our global measures of outcome focus on:

  • Supervision needs
  • Accommodation needs
  • Social participation

This outcome report details how service users in each of our clinical profile groups improved in each of these areas of outcome over the course of their rehabilitation at BIRT services.

The table below shows the rehabilitation needs of people in each profile group. Click on the profile icons to find out the outcomes for each group in 2018.

Restorative
Compensatory life skills
Wellbeing for complex needs
Mostly needs rehabilitation for:Physical and communication problems.Thinking and memory problems. Carrying
out practical tasks. Behaviours of concern.
Maintenance of current
function and prevention of relapse
Rehabilitation less likely to
be needed for:
Long term memory, carrying out
simple instructions.
Physical problems.-
What the outcomes are likely
to be for this group:
50% are likely to become independent
on discharge. 20% are likely to return
to education or work.
Only a small proportion (around 20%)
are likely to require ongoing care.
78% are likely to move to supported living.
2018 outcomes for this group:84% required reduced levels
of supervision on discharge

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63% were discharged to
more independent living setting

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61% showed a clinically
significant improvement in
social participation.
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Becky

Becky sustained a brain injury in 2014 after a haemorrhage caused by complications to treat hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). She spent six months in hospital before transferring to West Heath House.

Read Becky's story

John

John sustained a brain injury in a traffic accident in 1994. He was admitted to Graham Anderson House in 2014 after it became apparent that his community care package was failing, putting him at risk.

Read John's story

About BIRT

BIRT has a range of neurorehabilitation services across the UK, designed to meet the different and changing needs of individuals with acquired brain injury. These services include independent hospitals, neurobehavioural centres, continuing rehabilitation services and community based supported living.

Click here to find out more about our services across the UK, or to make a referral, visit our secure online referrals portal.