Information and support for people affected by acquired brain injury
At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we understand that head injury and acquired brain injury can affect the whole family. Our services take everyone's needs into account. Here you will find information to help you understand acquired brain injury (ABI) and how it can affect you or your family. To find out whether the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust could provide rehabilitation for your family member or a friend:
The professional can then contact the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service direct to determine whether we can provide the appropriate services.
Formal referrals to BIRT services are usually made by professionals because:
Read about referrals and admissions to help understand what happens and who is involved in this process.
Funding rehabilitation at BIRT services
The professional who makes the referral to our service may not be responsible for arranging or authorising the funding. Rehabilitation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) services can be funded from a combination of the following sources:
We are happy to provide any fee information that might be needed by the professionals involved in the referral or funding.
If your friend or relative is admitted to a BIRT service you are welcome to visit regularly. Our goal is to understand their unique needs and create a programme that will give them the best possible chance of rehabilitation.
The Brain Injury Needs Indicator
The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is a free tool we have developed to help identify the deficits of people with a suspected or diagnosed acquired brain injury (ABI). 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.
Legal & Welfare Service (LAWS)
LAWS is a free, no-obligation legal and welfare service for service users and their families which BIRT is currently offering at Thomas Edward Mitton House, Milton Keynes with a view to rolling it out across BIRT’s services. Delivered by law firm members of the Brain Injury Group, with support from specialist financial and welfare advisors, LAWS usually involves solicitors from local law firms visiting the BIRT centre to provide advice and information on a range of legal, financial and welfare issues. The advice and information is provided both on a confidential basis to individual service users and/or their family at private appointments and in open sessions on legal topics relevant to those affected by brain injury which everyone is welcome to attend.