The information on this page is designed for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI), their families, carers and friends who may be considering Osman House a future rehabilitation and care option. This information will give you an insight into what we do, together with an overview of the care, support and continuing rehabilitation process. At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to 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.

If you would like to find out more, we have a wide range of literature available which provides helpful information to those experiencing the physical and emotional trauma of brain injury, as well as support and guidance for their families, friends and loved ones.

The Disabilities Trust is committed to developing person centred plans to maximise service users' independence and encourage them to attain their full potential.Osman House offers family services to provide education and emotional support, both individually and within a group setting. BIRT also have a wide range of family information and resources available.

We have extended and developed our service at Osman House with seven extra beds, new facilities and access to a wider range of clinical expertise.

The range of clinical input has been extended at Osman House and, in addition to the existing psychology team, service users now have access to a full multi-disciplinary team.

service user from Osman House walking in the community

Before a service user is admitted to Osman House, they may have undergone a neurobehavioural assessment and intensive assessment at another BIRT service. BIRT has two specialist assessment and rehabilitation centres in the Yorkshire region:

Service users may also be admitted following assessment and/or rehabilitation by another health or social care provider or directly from hospital or residential care. See our admission criteria for more information

As part of our specialist care, support and continuing rehabilitation service users will have an individually tailored treatment programme. This will include 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 will vary 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.

Osman House is staffed by a team of qualified rehabilitation support workers, overseen by a full-time service manager, a deputy manager a consultant neuropsychologist and an Occupational Therapist. The service is supported by a BIRT physiotherapist and a Speech and Language Therapist.

Throughout BIRT's services, 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 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.

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 length of placements at Osman House varies, depending on the service user's level of need.