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.
Referrals and Enquires
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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 Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) offers a UK-wide continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) including post-acute hospital based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The BIRT Centre for Wales will provide assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and a range of transitional living options to support those progressing to greater independence.