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.

Who is it for?

Daniel Yorath House is a neurobehavioural centre for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).

In addition to our general admission criteria many service users are admitted to our neurobehavioural centres directly from NHS hospitals and, after a period of rehabilitation, are discharged home or to more independent living environment, sometimes with part time support.

Our brain injury rehabilitation services are for people who experience some / any of the following symptoms:

  • Cognitive problems including thinking, memory, problem solving, learning, awareness and perception
  • Physical impairments that affect mobility, posture or dexterity
  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Communication difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour

What do we offer?

Using a neurobehavioural approach we deliver in depth assessment, rehabilitation and discharge planning from admission. These are carried out by our in-house interdisciplinary teams. Assessment includes, 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.

Rehabilitation planning is focused on behaviour, cognition and mobility needs; goal planning is carried out with the service user and their family / carers.

When a service user is admitted to Daniel Yorath House they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence.

This includes assessments of cognitive skills, the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour and the ability to engage with the community and undertake functional daily tasks. Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation programme is established.

The neurobehavioural assessment

During the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join our team to discuss the assessment results and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation. This takes into account the aspirations of both the service user and family members. A further period of rehabilitation may be involved and/or a move to a more independent environment such as our transitional living or transitional support service.

If a further period of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user will continue to work on their agreed goals. Their personalised treatment programme may include group or individual learning and therapy sessions, behavioural management and training in social and domestic skills. Service users are supported to structure their leisure time, to access the community and educational and vocational training and placements.

Treatment is focused on the specific goals of the programme, and progress is discussed at review meetings held every 12 weeks, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of the Trust’s community houses nearby.

The clinical team

service user sitting at an i-pad with support worker at Daniel Yorath House

The clinical team at Daniel Yorath 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, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, vocational trainers 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 our 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


Referrals should be made directly to Daniel Yorath House. We accept referrals from a wide range of agencies including health, social services, medico-legal and other specialist providers. To seek an admission, please complete our referral form.

Please include all relevant information about your client, such as medical reports and records, as well as an indication of their needs and current situation. If you would like an informal discussion with the Service Manager and / or Consultant in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Daniel Yorath House, please contact us.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust 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.


service user sitting with support worker in the recreation room at Daniel Yorath House

In 2017, we admitted 23 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).

  • 61% were male.
  • 57% had sustained a traumatic brain injury, 30% had other forms of ABI (such as hypoxic brain injury, neoplasm and infection) and 13% had stroke.
  • The average time since injury was 7 months.

Daniel Yorath House discharged 18 people. The average length of stay was 8 months. On discharge:

  • 56% needed only part time or no supervision.
  • 78% moved on to supported or independent living.

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