We work in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, the regional major trauma and neurosurgical centre for the South West Region. There are two purpose-built units on our site: Frenchay BIRU South and Frenchay BIRU North. BIRU South, which opened in January 2017, was designed in consultation with the centre’s nursing and therapy teams to ensure that the diverse clinical needs of our patient group were fully considered.

We’ve assembled an extensive medical team with an outstanding depth of expertise who work across both buildings. Our team work closely 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.

Regional Specialist Rehabilitation (Level 1)

Regional Specialist Rehabilitation (Level 1)

Often referred to as a "Level 1" or "tertiary" rehabilitation service, this is suitable for individuals with complex and severe impairments following a brain injury. These patients can benefit from highly specialist intensive care and therapy delivered by a highly trained inter-disciplinary team and access to treatment and facilities that are unlikely to be available in their local areas. Patients are generally in the early stages of recovery from their brain injury and are usually admitted from an acute hospital once they are medically stable.

Local Specialist Rehabilitation Service (Level 2)

Local Specialist Rehabilitation Service (Level 2)

Sometimes referred to as a "Level 2" service, this is suitable for individuals who have completed a period of Level 1 rehabilitation and have ongoing active therapy needs. It is also suitable for those individuals who have been assessed on referral to our service 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 services to reflect the different needs of patients. Our higher intensity service is for patients requiring a short period of intensive therapy. Our lower intensity service is for those patients who would benefit from therapy spread out over a longer timescale, for example, due to finding multiple daily therapy sessions fatiguing.