Situated in Llanelli, the BIRT Centre for Wales has 24 beds and 18 of those have en-suite rooms in the main centre. The Centre also contains two independent living flats and four fully furnished self contained apartments. The Centre forms a part of the UK-wide network of services provided by national charity the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).

The BIRT Centre for Wales offers a range of high quality assessment and rehabilitation options for people with complex psychological and physical needs following an acquired brain injury (ABI). These include:

  • an intensive assessment and rehabilitation service for individuals who may then be discharged home or to a supported living environment in the community
  • transitional living options in which people can maximise their independent living and social skills prior to their return to an environment with less support
  • Continuing rehabilitation for those who have completed intensive rehabilitation and need to consolidate progress before moving on to the community and/or for those with longer term needs

As well as or because of brain injury individuals may have severe cognitive, physical and / or emotional problems which could include:

  • Verbal and physical aggression
  • Impaired social functioning
  • Disinhibited behaviour
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms

It is our goal to enable service users to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and participate in the wider community.

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Satisfaction Ratings

Feedback is very important to us as it enables us to continuously improve our standards of practice. Each year we ask service users, families and referrers to offer feedback on their satisfaction with our service. We collect satisfaction questionnaires from service users, family members, funders and commissioners. Complete our satisfaction questionnaires:

Of the service users who responded in June 2016:

  • 83% feel safe and secure within the service at all times
  • 83% feel that staff respond quickly if they need help

Referrer / funder feedback from June 2016:

In 2016

The Service Manager was so helpful when we were making the placement, went far beyond what I was expecting.
Family member of service user

  • The average length of stay was 13 weeks
  • There were 13 admissions and 14 discharges
  • The average time since injury was seven months
  • 82% of service users needed full-time care on admission
  • On discharge 80% of individuals went on to supported living
  • 91% of admissions came from behavioural disorders unit, residential facilities or nursing home / hospital.
  • 10% of those discharged were in employment or academia and 40% were engaged in recreational activities

    Facilities and environment

    The BIRT Centre for Wales is situated less than 10 miles from Junction 38 of the M4, and a quarter of a mile from Llanelli town centre which has a variety of amenities including shops, a post office, GP and dentist surgeries. There is a large leisure complex close by which includes a swimming pool, indoor bowling, and a football pitch.

    The BIRT centre for Wales is the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) most environmentally friendly building to date and incorporates the latest technology and design features. The service incorporated recyclable materials, energy saving technology and energy efficient resources into the building process to meet the BREEM Excellent standard required.