The information on this page is designed to help healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital staff, medico-legal clients and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to 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.
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The neurobehavioural assessment
During the initial brain injury rehabilitation period, a review meeting is held with the service user, family, funders to discuss progress and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation. 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 brain injury rehabilitation is recommended, service users 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, so they can access the community and educational and vocational training and placements.
Treatment is focused on the specific goals of the brain injury rehabilitation programme. Progress is discussed at regular review meetings, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) nearby transitional living facilities or community houses.
The Woodmill has developed a new, flexible outreach service for people in the South West of England who would benefit from structured brain injury rehabilitation, to help them gain independence after a brain injury, but who do not need this to be delivered within a residential care setting.
The clinical team
The clinical team at The Woodmill residential brain injury rehabilitation centre in the South West of England comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They are all 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 brain injury 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 (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.
In 2017, The Woodmill admitted 5 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).
The Woodmill discharged 6 people. The average length of stay was 9 months. On discharge:
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