York House is pleased to be able to inform you that our brand-new female only service is now open for referrals and admissions. This is an important development for women with an acquired brain injury in the UK.

The decision to open this facility within York House was taken for several reasons; initially, an analysis of referrals showed a large number of potential female service users were unable to be admitted, as York House only had 6 female beds.

We have therefore created a 10-bed female only service which has allowed us to create a space where women can feel comfortable and safe. This also meets CQC requirements to provide gender specific requirements.

Recent studies have indicated that while men are 1.6 times more likely than women to be admitted for head injury, female head injury admissions have risen 24% since 2005-6. This increasing frequency of women experiencing head injury, along with the real lack of provision of female specific services on a national level led us to decide to create a unit dedicated to working with women with very complex needs.

This service will be able to admit females who, as a result of their brain injury, may demonstrate high levels of challenging behaviours. They may also have a mental health diagnosis and substance abuse issues. Females within the service can be detained under the Mental Health Act or Mental Capacity Act or may indeed be admitted informally if appropriate.

This has been an exciting development for York House and we are now one of two women only facilities in the U.K. that offers neurobehavioural and neuropsychiatric rehabilitation and support in a women’s only service.

There are some beds currently available in the women only service. Please use the referral portal, call 0330 058 1331 or email business.development@thedtgroup.org for more details.