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 admission criteria. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)'s neurobehavioural centres are for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs. In addition to our General Admission Criteria many service users are admitted to our neurobehavioural centres directly from NHS hospitals. They are discharged home or to a more independent living environment after a period of intensive rehabilitation. Sometimes this includes part time support.
Referrals should be made directly to Kerwin Court. 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 secure online 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 Kerwin Court, please contact us.
What do we offer?
We use a neurobehavioural approach to deliver in-depth assessment, rehabilitation and discharge planning from admission. This is carried out by our in-house interdisciplinary teams. Assessment includes: 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. Rehabilitation planning is focused on behaviour, cognition and mobility needs. Goal planning is carried out with the service user and their family or carers.
When a service user is admitted to Kerwin Court they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of 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. Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation programme is established.
During the initial rehabilitation period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join our team to discuss the progress and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation. This is based around the goals set with the service user. In some cases the focus is on discharge planning and liaison with social services. For others, a further period of rehabilitation may be involved in order to met the service user's goals before an appropriate discharge plan can be put in place.
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 session, 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 based on the specific foals of the service user. Progress is discussed at regular review meetings, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of the Trust’s community houses.