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 general admission criteria. Kent House is a continuing rehabilitation centre run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) for people with an acquired brain injury (abi) who have already undergone rehabilitation, need specialist care and support in a residential setting, and have longer term support needs to maintain their independence.
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The neurobehavioural assessment
When a service user is admitted to Kent 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.
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.
The clinical team comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom are recognised in their field as having special expertise in the management of acquired brain injury (ABI). 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 the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) 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 brain injury rehabilitation
If a formal course of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user begins an individualised on going treatment programme. This includes learning and therapeutic sessions, help with 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. Although we are able to offer a home for life at Kent House, many of our service users do progress and move on to live in a more independent supported environment for on going rehabilitation.
The service user's behaviour and competencies are carefully monitored, and rehabilitation plans are tailored according to changing needs, including age-related conditions. All service users have regular review meetings at which family, funders and other involved parties join the team to discuss the rehabilitation process. This enables the team to identify any barriers to recovery and to link these with a course of rehabilitation and support, while also taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members.
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