The information on this page is designed for healthcare professionals including GPs, hospitals, medico-legal clients and CCGs. To help you make an informed decision, you may also wish to view our admission criteria.
Most of our admissions traditionally come from our nearby sister unit, West Heath House. We are also able to accept referrals from other sources, particularly for service users who are advanced in their rehabilitation or who need more independence than their current placement offers.
The neurobehavioural assessment
Before a service user is admitted to 1101 Bristol Road they will typically have undergone a neurobehavioural assessment at West Heath House to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of, for example, cognitive skills, the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour and the service user's ability to engage with the community and complete functional daily tasks.
At the end of the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join the team to discuss the results. This enables the team to identify any barriers to recovery and link these with a course of rehabilitation and support, while also taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members.
As part of our continuing rehabilitation service service users have an individually tailored treatment programme. This includes educational and therapeutic sessions, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, behavioural management, community access and vocational training and support. Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes. The length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs, with many of our service users moving on to live in a more independent, less supported environment in the community.
The clinical team
We are staffed by a team of qualified rehabilitation support workers, overseen by a full time service manager, a deputy manager and an assistant psychologist. The service is also supported by the clinical team at West Heath House.
The clinical team at West Heath House comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom are recognised in their field as having special expertise in the management of brain injury. The team is led by a consultant in neuropsychology and rehabilitation and includes clinical psychologists, a speech and language therapist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support workers.
Clinical practice is based on a neurobehavioural approach and focuses on a combination of social and behavioural interventions to aid recovery of independence. The emphasis of assessment is on a systematic and structured observation of behaviour and skills in everyday situations and tasks. Clinical governance is promoted through BIRT's Clinical Executive, a national forum comprising consultants in neuropsychology and rehabilitation from across BIRT's services. Led by Dr Sue Copstick, the Clinical Executive is committed to promoting clinical governance, training and research, as well as developing and reviewing clinical policies and procedures.