The following information is designed for families, carers and friends of residential brain injury rehabilitation service users at The Woodmill. It will give you an insight into what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and brain injury rehabilitation process. At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of brain injury 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 brain injury rehabilitation process, home leave is encouraged wherever possible.
If you would like to find out more about The Woodmill's brain injury rehabilitation, we have a wide range of literature available that provides helpful information to people experiencing the physical and emotional trauma of acquired brain injury (ABI), 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.
The Woodmill provides education and emotional support to individual families as required and has a wide range of family information and resources available including our new family room. Our new family room is designed to offer a welcoming, attractive and safe environment for brain injury rehabilitation service users and their families. It is a place for recreation, learning, sharing and supporting people with brain injury and their families.
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 duration of placements at The Woodmill varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for brain injury rehabilitation.
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.
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 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.