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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Who is it for?

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

Some service users have other conditions, for example a history of mental health issues, substance misuse (drugs, alcohol), epilepsy, or diabetes.

These are addressed in assessment and rehabilitation, with support from external agencies where appropriate.

What do we offer?

Working to the same high standards as other BIRT services and using the neurobehavioural approach, our continuing rehabilitation services focus on maximising independence. Clinical input from the interdisciplinary team is provided at a lower level than that provided in our intensive rehabilitation services, and this is reflected in the fees.

All service users have an individually tailored treatment programme and are involved in setting their personal goals. The programme includes educational and therapeutic sessions, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, behavioural management, community access and vocational training and support. Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes. The length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs, with many of our service users moving on to live in a more independent, less supported environment in the community. Continuing rehabilitation can be delivered in our main centres or in smaller community houses located nearby.

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.

Clinical team

Service user, Rupert, playing drums in Kent House

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.

Referrals

Referrals should be made directly to Kent 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 Kent House, please contact us.

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 Kent House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation. A range of move on community based options is available through our Community Services division. We collect satisfaction questionnaires from service users, family members, funders and commissioners. View Kent House's most recent Satisfaction Ratings.

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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