Support worker with outreach patient

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust(BIRT) are delighted to confirm that they have been awarded a grant of over £200,000 by the Ministry of Justice as a result of a successful tender submission. This is being undertaken by BIRT’s Forensic In-reach Brain Injury Service.

The bid was in response to a tender invitation by the Ministry of Justice “To pilot, develop and test to provide proof of concept for understanding and meeting the needs of individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in English and Welsh male prisons and Welsh approved premises”.

The new contract sits within BIRT’s Forensic In-Reach Brain Injury Service (FIBIS), which launched last year and has been successful in securing other contracts from the Criminal Justice sector. The 12 month contract will enable FIBIS to deliver a six month Linkworker service across five prisons and one Probation Service, located at three sites across the UK. Prisons in South Wales, North East and Southern England will all benefit from the service, which will also provide training for prison staff as well as clinical and healthcare teams.

The award was granted by The Secretary of State for Justice acting through the HMPPS Directorate of Rehabilitation and Assurance. Organisations with specialist skills and experience in meeting the needs of individuals with Acquired or Traumatic Brain injury were invited to apply for the award. The successful bid was put together as a result of great team work from BIRT and The Disabilities Trust’s Foundation colleagues who worked together to submit a detailed proposal for the award.

The Linkworker service has already been piloted in a number of prisons and young offender institutions across the country over the past few years through the work of the Disabilities Trust Foundation before coming under the wider umbrella of BIRT. The service provides effective interventions to address problems relating to brain injury including memory, concentration, behavioural problems and motivation. Prison staff are also provided with training to help them identify prisoners who may be suffering from the effects of brain injury and coping techniques to equip them in their interactions with such prisoners. A network of support is identified and built through the development of partnerships with health services, offender management, housing and drug and alcohol services.

Penny Blackmore, BIRT Senior Divisional Manager said:

“The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust is delighted that this high profile and important contract has been achieved and that it will further prove the value of brain injury screening within the secure estate, and the importance of the Linkworker service within UK prisons. We hope that this will pave the way for government to consider the concept of rolling out the service to other UK prisons in the future.”

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