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Herefordshire Acquired Brain Injury Team (HABIT)




Location and Contact details


Vaughan Building
Ruckhall Lane
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR2 9RP

Telephone: 01432 363934

http://www.herefordshire.nhs.uk/285.aspx

Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Community Based Service

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Entry last updated

Nov 2, 2012

Further Details

We are known as HABIT (Herefordshire Brain Injury Team) and uniquely placed in Herefordshire to provide a fully integrated multi-disciplinary approach to our clients. We provide timely assessment to people and carers who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) It is recognised that many people with an ABI will have significant life long needs that may require support.
This service provides timely assessment to people and carers who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) We recognise that clients have significant and complex life long needs and is uniquely placed in Herefordshire providing timely, long term support and intervention to clients with a long term neurological condition. Acquired Brain Injury can in include; traumatic brain injury, infection/virus ABI, metabolic ABI, post concussion syndrome, tumour (not grade IV) epilepsy with a residual neurological condition. We work with clients and their carers to increase their functional and psychological wellbeing, to maximize and maintain their function to allow them to live within the community with the appropriate level of support.

We are a multidisciplinary team and clients will have appropriate access to Specialist Neuro-Occupational Therapists, Specialist Neuro-Physiotherapist, Neuro-Psychologist Social workers and Carer support.

ABI can include; traumatic brain injury, infection/virus ABI, metabolic ABI, post concussion syndrome, tumour (not grade IV) epilepsy with a residual neurological condition. We will work with you and your carer to increase your functional and psychological wellbeing; to maximize and maintain your function to allow you to live within the community with an appropriate level of support.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Clinical psychology yes no no yes
Equipment yes no no yes
Family Support yes no no yes
Information yes no no yes
Neuropsychology yes no no yes
Neurosurgical Care yes no no no
Occupational Therapy yes no no yes
Physiotherapy yes no no yes
Psychology yes no no yes
Speech & Language Therapy yes no no yes
Training (for clients/patients) yes no no yes
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

NHS Service

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant no
Healthcare Professional no
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

- We accept referrals from any professional within Herefordshire and from specialist rehabilitation placements around the country. The majority of referrals are received from Hereford Hospital Trust and other Acute Hospitals. Clients can make direct contact but we recommend that they contact their GP first so that they can provide the relevant medical information in the written referral.

Once a written referral is received it is screened in weekly Team meetings. Decisions on priority and appropriateness are made at these meetings.

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - individually commissioned
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services nonoyes
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services nonoyes

Typical duration that a service is offered

We provide timely, long-term support and intervention to clients with an acquired brain injury.

This Service was mapped by West Midlands ABI Forum. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here

REHAB AT HOME

[Code 70]
Patient description
Medically stable, able to actively participate with and benefit from therapy. Will include spectrum of initial severity of injury with a small minority derived from Code 05 category

Sites
Domiciliary or day hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Interdisciplinary co-ordinated management therapy aimed at community re-integration/inclusion by enhancing independence, wellbeing, & assist return to work/education. In collaboration with Social Services, neuropsychiatry, voluntary and statutory services. Includes treatment of patients in their own homes, or with live-in carers.

CONTINUING REHAB WHEN YOU NEED IT

[Code 100]
Patient description
Medically stable, but permanent disability

Sites
Domiciliary, residential or nursing home, respite unit

Description of rehabilitation input
Life long prevention of avoidable complications involving residual physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural problems, on a domiciliary, outpatient or respite basis.

SOMEONE TO TALK TO

[Code 110]
Patient description
Information and guidance over a continuum. Family support and outreach. Advocacy

Sites
All sites

Description of rehabilitation input
Information and guidance over a continuum. Family support and outreach. Advocacy

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 2 (local specialist rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category B needs (and some Category A needs) and is led/supported by a consultant trained and accredited in rehabilitation medicine

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