The information on this page is designed for the families, carers and friends of service users at 1101 Bristol Road. It will give you an insight into what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and rehabilitation process.

About Bristol Road

Traditionally, most of our admissions come from our nearby sister unit, West Heath House. We can also 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 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:

  • cognitive skills
  • the ability to engage with the community
  • the ability to complete daily tasks
  • the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour

At the end of the assessment period, a meeting is held with family, funders and other involved parties to discuss the results. This helps the team 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.

About brain injury rehabilitation

At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of rehabilitation, as well as offer support, education and continuing help to their families, carers and friends. We actively promote the involvement of families in the rehabilitation process, and home leave is encouraged wherever possible.

If a formal course of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user begins an individualised treatment programme. This includes learning and therapeutic sessions, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, community access, behavioural management and vocational training and support.

Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against pre-agreed outcomes. The average 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 supported environment in the community.

1101 Bristol Road is staffed by 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 our other West Midlands service, West Heath House.

The clinical team

The clinical team at West Heath House comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, who are all 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 rehabilitation 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.

About BIRT

Support worker showing service user a photograph in the recreation room at Bristol Road

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 Daniel Yorath House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation. We collect satisfaction questionnaires from service users, family members, funders and commissioners. View Daniel Yorath House's most recent Satisfaction Ratings.

If you would like to find out more, we have a wide range of literature available which provides helpful information to those experiencing the physical and emotional trauma of brain injury, as well as support and guidance for their families, friends and loved ones. The Disabilities Trust is committed to developing person centred plans to maximise service users' independence and encourage them to attain their full potential. Daniel Yorath House operates a family support group for relatives of service users to provide education and emotional support, both individually and within a group setting, and has a range of family information and resources available.

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:

  • The NHS usually funds the services delivered in our hospitals or the intensive assessment and rehabilitation in our neurobehavioural centres.
  • Social services funds are used solely, or in conjunction with, NHS funding for our continuing rehabilitation services. transitional living services or our community services.
  • Medico-legal / compensation claims (or other private sources) can fund any of our services

We are happy to provide any fee information that might be needed by the professionals involved in the referral or funding.

Useful books

service user in arts and crafts session with support worker in Bristol Road

Advice and support

If you would like advice and support about an aspect of living with brain injury, you may wish to contact Headway. Headway’s Freephone Helpline 0808 800 2244 is run by a team of trained nurses and non-clinical staff. They have a network of support groups across the country, for people with brain injury and their families and carers.

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