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. 1101 Bristol Road is a continuing rehabilitation centre run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) for people with an acquired brain injury (abi) who have already undergone rehabilitation, need specialist care and support in a residential setting, and have longer term support needs to maintain their independence. See our general admission criteria.
What do we offer?
Our continuing rehabilitation services focus on maximising independence. They use the neurobehavioural approach and work to the same high standards as our other BIRT services. Clinical input from the interdisciplinary team is provided at a lower level than in our intensive rehabilitation services, and this is reflected in the fees.
All service users have an individually tailored treatment programme and are involved in setting their personal goals. The programme 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. Continuing rehabilitation can be delivered in our main centres or in smaller community houses located nearby.
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.
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.
The clinical team
1101 Bristol Road is 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.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) offers a nationwide continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury including post-acute hospital-based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The duration of placements at 1101 Bristol Road varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation.