The information on this page is for the families, carers and friends of service users at Graham Anderson House and will give an insight into what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and rehabilitation process.
At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we understand that head injury and acquired brain injury can affect the whole family; we 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.
The Clinical Team
Our clinical team comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They 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, 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.
Activities and environment
We operate a family support group for relatives once every six weeks, usually Tuesday, 6.30-8.00pm. The meetings are led by the clinical psychologist and head of care, and are open to families of current and former service users. The groups is an open forum, with opportunities for questions, answers, discussion and mutual and professional support.
We also run family / service user rehabilitation afternoons every fortnight. In addition, families are invited to and involved in social gatherings and events.
The duration of placements at Graham Anderson House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation.
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:
We are happy to provide any fee information that might be needed by the professionals involved in the referral or funding.
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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