BIRT's response to ‘Ten top tips for commissioning local rehabilitation services’
NHS England’s Improving Rehabilitation Services Programme has recently launched new commissioning guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and their local partners. By choosing the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), you will comply with the new guidelines for commissioning local rehabilitation services.
1. Recognise the rehabilitation you already commission:
2. Have ambition for your services and the people they serve:
BIRT has over 25 years of service user-focused experience and expertise with published outcomes. From opening its first centre BIRT has grown to be the charity leading brain injury rehabilitation in the UK. We aim to support all our service users to participate in life as fully as possible, needing the least possible assistance.
5. Consider what outcomes you want; identify some common measures and ask you services to work together:
BIRT has proven, measured and published outcomes with regular satisfaction surveys for each centre used to improve service delivery. Case studies are published to encourage better understanding of what can be achieved and how savings can be made.
6. Consider the range of settings where your services are delivered, especially community settings, the third sector and care homes (including respite care):
BIRT offers a continuum of provision from hospital and acuteservices to community settings and outreach facilities. Families are supported to understand the changes that brain injury brings so their loved ones can return home.
9. Ask for advice and support if necessary:
BIRT shares its knowledge and expertise through research, local seminars and international conferences. We offer advice and support at local centres, through a range of forums including family groups, one to one sessions, as well as regular review meetings.
10. Ask your providers and service users how improvements could be made and what can be done differently to improve outcomes for people:
BIRT welcomes feedback via suggestion card boxes at each centre. Formal progress reviews take place regularly with key stakeholders including families / advocates. Satisfaction surveys are used to improve service delivery to meet stakeholder needs.
Find out how to make a referral as well as further information about the process and how BIRT can support you. BIRT's referral service is free, transparent, available nationally and expert-led.
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