What is York House?

York House forms part of the nationwide network of specialist rehabilitation centres provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). York House is registered as an independent hospital. The service is provided by The Disabilities Trust in partnership with The Retreat, a specialist mental health provider.

York House is a specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation hospital for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs and / or challenging behaviour. There are three types of service at York House within The Dales, The Moors and The Wolds. These enable us to offer a continuum of care to meet the changing needs of service users as they progress through their rehabilitation, and accommodate those with longer term needs. We can accept referrals for those detained under the Mental Health Act.

What does it do?

We specialise in the rehabilitation of people who are experiencing behavioural disorders following a brain injury. Individuals may also have severe cognitive, physical and / or emotional problems including verbal and physical aggression, impaired social functioning, disinhibited behaviours and neuropsychiatric symptoms.

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

Facilities and environment

Close to the historic centre of York and set in 40 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, York House offers a modern, tranquil and superbly equipped setting for rehabilitation.

All service users have their own en-suite bedrooms, complemented by pleasant, well appointed communal areas, kitchens and bathrooms. Our self contained flat provides the opportunity for assessments of independent living. Our service users enjoy access to a wide range of amenities and recreational activities to assist with their rehabilitation including a gym, games area, sensory room and 'The Ian Karten Trust' internet suite.

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Access to the wider community forms an important part of rehabilitation. We are just a ten minutes' walk from York's vibrant city centre, enabling service users to engage regularly with the local community and providing a valuable starting point to participate in as many of their previous roles and activities as possible. Vocational placements are facilitated for many service users.


In 2017, York House admitted 6 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).

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  • All were male.
  • 83% had sustained a traumatic brain injury and 17% had a hypoxic brain injury.
  • The average time since injury was 15 months.

York House discharged 4 people. The average length of stay was 12 months. On discharge:

  • 50% progressed towards a more independent living setting.
  • 75% of people showed an improvement in social participation