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.

About Osman House

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 three specialist assessment and rehabilitation centres in the Yorkshire and Humber 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.

About brain injury rehabilitation

If a formal course of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user begins an individualised treatment programme.

This includes learning and therapeutic sessions, 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.

Rehabilitation goals take into account short, medium and long-term aims, such as transfer to a more independent environment for ongoing rehabilitation.

The average length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs. Continuing support service is also available at a lower fee level.

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 and an assistant psychologist. The service is supported by the clinical team at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) nearby assessment and rehabilitation service, Daniel Yorath House.

Our Clinical Team

service user from Osman House walking in the community

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. We collect satisfaction questionnaires from service users, family members, funders and commissioners. View our most recent Satisfaction Ratings.

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:

  • The NHS usually funds the services delivered in our hospitals or the intensive assessment and rehabilitation in our neurobehavioural centres.
  • Social services funds are used solely, or in conjunction with, NHS funding for our continuing rehabilitation services. transitional living services or our community services.
  • Medico-legal / compensation claims (or other private sources) can fund any of our services

We are happy to provide any fee information that might be needed by the professionals involved in the referral or funding.

Useful books

service user laughing in the recreation room at Osman House

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.

For more information: