The information on this page is designed for health and social care 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 continuing rehabilitation centres are for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) who have already undergone intensive rehabilitation, need specialist care and support in a residential setting and / or have longer term support needs to maintain their rehabilitation goals and independent living skills in accordance with our general admission criteria.


Referrals should be made directly to Redford 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 Redford Court, please contact us.

What do we offer?

Our continuing rehabilitation services focus on maximising independence. They provide the same high standards as other BIRT services and use the neurobehavioural approach. The level of clinical input is lower 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. Many of our service users move 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.

service user sitting in the kitchen dining area of Redford Court

When a service user is admitted to Redford Court they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of physical and cognitive skills, the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour and the service user’s ability to engage with the community and undertake functional daily tasks. Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation treatment programme is established.

During the initial rehabilitation period a review meeting is held with the service user, family, funders and other involved parties to discuss 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 local services. For others, a further period of rehabilitation may be involved in order to meet 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 sessions, behavioural management and training in social and domestic skills. Service users are supported to structure their leisure time, to access the community as well as educational and vocational training or placements.

Treatment is focused on the specific goals 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. Redford Court and Redford Court Lodge also offer continuing rehabilitation for those who have completed intensive rehabilitation yet need to consolidate progress before moving on into the community, or for those with longer terms needs.

The clinical team at Redford Court comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom are recognised in their field as having special expertise in the management of brain injury. The team is led by a consultant in neuropsychology and rehabilitation and includes assistant psychologists, a speech and language therapist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a vocational trainer and rehabilitation support workers.

service user and support worker reading paperwork in the kitchen in Redford Court

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.

The duration of placements at Redford Court and Redford Court Lodge vary, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation.

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.