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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Who is it for?

The Woodmill is a neurobehavioural centre for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust.

Our brain injury rehabilitation services are for people who experience some / any of the following symptoms:

  • Cognitive problems including thinking, memory, problem solving, learning, awareness and perception
  • Physical impairments that affect mobility, posture or dexterity
  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Communication difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour

Some service users have other conditions, for example a history of mental health issues, substance misuse (drugs, alcohol), epilepsy, or diabetes. These are addressed in assessment and rehabilitation, with support from external agencies where appropriate.

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 someone is admitted to The Woodmill for brain injury rehabilitation 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. Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of the rehabilitation treatment programme is established.

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.


Referrals should be made directly to The Woodmill. 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 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 The Woodmill, please contact us.


In 2017, The Woodmill admitted 5 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).


  • 60% were female.
  • 80% had sustained a traumatic brain injury and 20% had other forms of ABI.
  • The average time since injury was 27 months.

The Woodmill discharged 6 people. The average length of stay was 9 months. On discharge:

  • 50% moved on to supported or independent living.

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