The information on this page is designed for the families, carers and friends of service users at Daniel Yorath House. It will give you an idea of what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and rehabilitation process.

At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of rehabilitation, as well as offering 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.

About Daniel Yorath House

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

Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation programme is established. 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.

About brain injury rehabilitation

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.

Rehabilitation goals take into account short, medium and long-term aims, such as transfer to a more independent environment for ongoing rehabilitation.

The average length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs. Continuing support service is also available at a lower fee level.

The clinical team

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 the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) 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

service user working with occupational therapist in Daniel Yorath House

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. We operate 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 physical therapy session with support worker in Daniel Yorath House

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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