The information on this page is designed for healthcare professionals including GPs, hospitals, medico-legal clients and CCGs. To help you make an informed decision about whether wish to make a referral, you may also wish to view our admission criteria.

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Who is it for?

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.

At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of 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 rehabilitation process, and home leave is encouraged wherever possible.

The neurobehavioural assessment

When a service user is admitted to the BIRT Centre for Wales they undergo an in-depth neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of, for example, 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. At the end of the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join the team to discuss the results. This will enable the team to identify any barriers to recovery and link these with a course of rehabilitation and support, while taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members.

If a formal course of rehabilitation is recommended, the service user begins an individualised treatment programme. This includes learning and therapeutic sessions, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, community access, behavioural management and vocational training and support.

Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against pre-agreed outcomes. The average length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs, with many of our service users moving on to live in a more independent supported environment in the community.

We offer education and emotional support to relatives of service users. This is offered individually, informally and as part of the review process. Family members are invited to be involved in social gatherings and events.

The Clinical Team

service user and support worker in Ty Aberdafen

The clinical team at Ty Aberdafen 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 isled by a consultant clinical neuropsychologist and includes clinical psychologists, a speech and language therapist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation support workers.

Clinical practice is based on a neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation 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 consultant clinical neuropsychologists 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

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.

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