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, you may also wish to view our general admission criteria.

Who is it for?

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

In addition to our admission criteria many service users are admitted to our neurobehavioural centres directly from NHS hospitals and, after a period of intensive rehabilitation, are discharged home or to more independent living environment, sometimes with part time support.

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.

Our brain injury rehabilitation involves an individually tailored treatment programme that includes learning and therapeutic sessions, personal social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, access to community activities, behavioural management and vocational training and support.

We hold regular review meetings where families, funders and other involved parties can join our clinical team to discuss progress and agree next steps. Our outcome measurement system enables us to measure service users' progress. This is also a valuable tool for individual goal setting during the rehabilitation programme and informs the ongoing care pathway.

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.

Our brain injury rehabilitation involves an individually tailored treatment programme that includes learning and therapeutic sessions, personal social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, access to community activities, behavioural management and vocational training and support.

We hold regular review meetings where families, funders and other involved parties can join our clinical team to discuss progress and agree next steps. Our outcome measurement system enables us to measure service users' progress. This is also a valuable tool for individual goal setting during the rehabilitation programme and informs the ongoing care pathway.

service users playing pool in the recreation room at West Heath House

The clinical team at West Heath House comprises professionals from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom are 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 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 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

Referrals should be made directly to West Heath House. 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.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (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 West Heath House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation.

Outcomes

In 2017, West Heath House admitted 12 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).

West Heath House service user James poses with a horse

  • 83% were male.
  • 50% had other forms of ABI (such as hypoxic brain injury, neoplasm and toxic injury), 33% had sustained a traumatic brain injury and 17% had a stroke.
  • The average time since injury was 14 months.

West Heath House discharged 10 people. The average length of stay was 9 months. On discharge:

  • 60% had reduced supervision needs on discharge.
  • 30% moved on to supported or independent living.

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