Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

At our specialist centre in Bristol, we look after people over 16 who have suffered a brain injury.

We specialise in the treatment of patients with complex physical and cognitive impairments, challenging behaviours and neuropsychiatric disorders resulting from a brain injury.  We offer comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation and therapy.

Age range: Adolescents over the age of 16 and adults over 18 years of age.

What we do

There are two units on our Frenchay site:  Frenchay BIRU South and Frenchay BIRU North.  Our Consultant-led Inter-Disciplinary Team work across both units and work seamlessly together to ensure that every team member is working towards the same practical, realistic goals and that all therapies are focused on the areas that will enable patients to achieve those clearly defined and agreed goals.

Our team at Frenchay BIRU is led by Dr Angus Graham, Medical Director and Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Alison Woods, Hospital Director. They are supported by an extensive team comprising nursing and rehabilitation staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, activity co-ordinators, administrators, housekeeping, catering and maintenance staff.  Having a philosophy where inter-disciplinary team work is all important means that our team members stay with us, resulting in an incredibly stable, experienced team.

Our regional service is for individuals with complex and severe impairments following a brain injury.  They require highly specialist intensive care from a highly trained inter-disciplinary team and access to treatment and facilities that are unlikely to be available in their local area.

Patients are usually in the early stages of recovery from their brain injury and are usually admitted from an acute hospital once they are medically stable.

This service is suitable for individuals who have either completed a period of Level 1 rehabilitation and have ongoing therapy needs, or who have been assessed as having less complex rehabilitation and care requirements.

In either situation, patients have the potential to improve further to either enable a return home or to a community setting with reduced future care needs.  We offer two options to reflect the different needs of our patients:

  • Higher intensity for patients requiring a short period of intensive therapy
  • Lower intensity for patients who would benefit from therapy spread out over a longer timeframe, for example, due to finding multiple therapy sessions fatiguing

Conditions we manage

We treat individuals from the age of 16 with an acquired or traumatic brain injury.  Our service is for individuals who are medically stable with complex physical and cognitive difficulties and challenging behaviours resulting from a brain injury.

  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Brain injury as a result of COVID-19
  • Brain tumour
  • Complex stroke
  • Infection such as meningitis or encephalitis
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Traumatic brain injury, for example, following a road traffic accident

We are experienced at managing people with PEGS and patients in low states of arousal who require a SMART (Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique) assessment.

Some patients at Frenchay have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) or are here under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) order.

Bed availability limited

Call 0117 956 2697

Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
Briggs Road
BS16 2UU

Our Team

Meet the members of our Frenchay Team

Alison Woods
Hospital Director
Angus Graham
Medical Director and Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
Suzanne Moss
Head of Nursing
Pearl Griffiths
Quality and Governance Lead
Jason Tovey
Deputy Head of Nursing

'Thank you for everything - to you and all the team at Frenchay for the outstanding care of my daughter. Words can not describe how grateful I'm for all your help!


  • 52 bedrooms split across two units
  • Two independent flats
  • High dependency ward
  • Accessible therapy kitchens
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Two gymnasiums
  • Five large day rooms, three with direct garden access
  • Private landscaped gardens
  • Outdoor area featuring different surfaces for walking
  • Two minibuses and a car for outings and appointments

Thank you for all your support, patience and care

To all the staff on Hawthorn ward, thank you so much for looking after my daddy and keeping him safe

A HUGE THANK YOU to you all at Frenchay BIRU

Thank you for everything you have done for me to help me with my recovery.

We are very grateful to you all

Thank you for the care you are giving my sister. As a family we are very grateful to you all.  Please enjoy these chocolates as a small gesture of our immense appreciation.

All the BIRU staff have been so kind

It will soon be my last day at BIRU as I will be reopening my hair salon again now.  I cannot thank you and Alison enough for having me.  It’s crazy to think that in the last 12 months I’ve worked at Frenchay for seven of them!  I can’t think of a better way to have…

You have gone above and beyond

Thank you so much for taking care of our lovely girl.  We really appreciate everything you have done, you have gone above and beyond and we will always remember your kindness and support.

Visiting us

Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
Briggs Road
BS16 2UU

Tel: 0117 956 2697

Our Location

  • Located in the grounds of the former Frenchay Hospital, just off Junction 1 of the M32
  • Within one mile of the M4 and three miles from the M5
  • Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads are both close by
  • Bristol Airport (12 miles)
  • Free on-site parking

Latest News

Frenchay BIRU Speech and Language Therapists present at virtual International Conference

Two of our wonderful Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) at Frenchay BIRU recently presented at an international…

Frenchay BIRU Specialist Physiotherapist, Caz Icke, wins prestigious Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ Award

Caz Icke, Specialist Physiotherapist at Frenchay BIRU in Bristol, has won an Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’…

Frenchay BIRU therapists invited to present at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Following successful presentations by the Frenchay Speech and Language Team at the International Symposium for Cognitive Communication…

Kerrina’s story of career progression from a Rehabilitation Assistant (RA) to obtaining an MSc in advancing Healthcare Practice

Whilst Kerrina had wanted to be a nurse since childhood, she initially found herself working in Hospitality…

Frenchay BIRU re-accredited by Headway, the Brain Injury Association

We’re really thrilled and incredibly proud that Frenchay BIRU in Bristol has passed their re-accreditation with Headway,…

Frenchay BIRU meets INPA criteria and minimum standards

Frenchay BIRU was recently inspected by INPA, the Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance.  INPA are a group of…

Our partners

North Bristol NHS Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust provides hospital and community healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Headway - The Brain Injury Association

Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by a brain injury.

Independent Neurorehabilitation Provider Alliance

INPA are a group of independent specialist health and social care providers who share the common goal of ensuring the delivery of excellent care in neurorehabilitation.

University of West of England (UWE)

UWE Bristol is a thriving, modern university offering a wide range of highly respected courses and employment-enhancing opportunities