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We hold regular review meetings where family, funders and other involved parties can join the clinical team to discuss progress and agree next steps. Our outcome measurement system enables us to measure service users' progress. It is also a valuable tool for individual goal setting during the rehabilitation programme, informing the ongoing care pathway.
The neurobehavioural assessment
When a service user is admitted to Graham Anderson House they undergo a neurobehavioural assessment 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.
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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 taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members. 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. Rehabilitation goals take into account short, medium and long-term aims, such as transfer to a more independent environment for on going rehabilitation. The average length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs. A continuing support service is also available within at a lower fee level.
The clinical team
The clinical team at Graham Anderson 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, nurses, speech and language therapists, 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 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.