The information on this page is designed for the families, carers and friends of service users at West Heath House. It will give you an insight into what we do, together with an overview of the assessment and rehabilitation process. 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.
If you would like to find out more, we have a wide range of literature available which provides helpful information to those experiencing the physical and emotional trauma of brain injury, 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. West Heath House offers family services for relatives of service users to provide education and emotional support and has a range of family information and resourcesavailable.
When a service user is admitted they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes:
Initial goals are identified with the service user and the first phase of rehabilitation programme is established. During the assessment period a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join our team to discuss the results and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation. This takes into account the aspirations of both the service user and family members. A further period of rehabilitation may be involved and/or a move to a more independent environment such as our transitional living service, Redhill Road.
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.
BIRT offers a nationwide continuum of services for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) including post-acute hospital-based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The duration of placements varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation.