Brain injury

We offer neurological rehabilitation from our specialist teams of consultants, doctors, nurses and therapists

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We offer five types of care for people with conditions relating to the brain, including those who have had a brain injury or have a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease.

We cater for a broad range of patients – from those who need intense rehabilitation (for example, soon after a serious road accident) through to people getting ready to once more live independently at home. We also offer respite care and residential care.

Our five services are:

  • specialist rehabilitation
  • slow-stream rehabilitation
  • complex disability management
  • symptom management
  • respite care

Specialist rehabilitation

This service is designed for people with a brain injury or another complex neurological condition who would benefit from a short, intensive period of neurological rehabilitation from our specialist teams of consultants, doctors, nurses and therapists.

Some of our patients are here because of a traumatic brain injury. Others have acquired a brain injury through illness, for example as the result of a stroke or an infection.

Patients in specialist rehabilitation might face difficulties talking, thinking, moving around, eating or interacting with others.

Most patients using this type of service are in the very early stages of recovery from their brain injury. They usually arrive with us following emergency treatment at an NHS hospital once they are in a stable condition.

This service may also be suitable for people who have been living with a brain injury for some time but whose condition has changed.

A GP or hospital consultant can organise an assessment to see whether this service would suit you or your loved one.

Conditions treated:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • encephalitis or meningitis
  • complex stroke
  • brain tumour

Slow stream rehabilitation

This is a longer period of less intense rehabilitation. It’s designed for people who need time to practise newly learned skills in a variety of everyday situations before returning to live at home. They may or may not have previously had some specialist rehabilitation.

Patients learn the skills of independent living in a safe environment while still benefiting from support from doctors and therapists.

Some of our specialist centres also offer independent living flats, which can really help people to  learn to look after themselves before they return to their family home.

Conditions treated:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhage
  • Encephalitis or meningitis
  • Complex stroke or
  • Brain tumour

Complex disability management

This residential service is for people who have problems associated with a brain injury or a neurological condition and who can’t be looked after at home, usually because of the high level of nursing care they need.

Patients may also need regular medical investigations or monitoring – services that are not easily available in a normal residential home or in their own home.

Our aim is to help patients participate in everyday activities and to be as independent as they can. They might, for example, receive physiotherapy or help with feeding or walking.

Conditions treated:

  • Motor neurone disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Complicated stroke

Symptom management

This service is sometimes called “palliative care” or “neuropalliative care”.

It focuses on providing relief from pain, discomfort, or stress. It’s about improving a patient’s everyday quality of life.

Symptom management may be suitable for someone who has severe and far-reaching disabilities or who is in the later stages of a progressive neurological condition.

Conditions Treated

  • Motor neurone disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Complicated stroke

Respite care

This service is available to people with a neurological condition who live at home or in supported-living housing but who could benefit from a short stay in a specialist centre.

Respite care can provide a much-needed break for patients’ families. It can also provide an opportunity for a loved one to have their medical needs reassessed.

A note for commissioners

We provide regional and local services. For a breakdown of how the services at our individual hospitals correspond to the British Society Rehabilitation Medicine’s service specifications (“Level 1”, “Level 2A” etc) please see the attached PDF.

BRSM Guidelines




Guidance & Advice

View our guides and factsheets on brain injury , and find link to other services.