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Blackheath Brain Injury Rehbailtiation Services

Location and Contact details

80 - 82 Blackheath Hill
Greater London
SE10 8AD

Telephone: 020 8692 4007 or 020 8694 5500


Type of organisation

  • Private Company Service

Descripton of organisation

  • In patient

miles (straight line)
miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Feb 19, 2013

Further Details

Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service has 2 units, the Thames Brain Injury Unit (TBIRU), that provides neuro rehabilitation for those who are cognitively impaired following a brain injury and present with behaviours that challenge other neuro rehabilitation services. Heathside Neuro Disability Unit (HNDU) provides services for patients/ clients who have complex physical disabilities following a brain Injury or as a result of a neurological disorder, and require neuro rehabilitation.

Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service is situated in a purpose built facility. All patients/clients have single rooms, and we encourage the patient/client and their visitors to individualise the room to feel like home. Each unit has a garden area, TV lounge and Dinning room. The centre is situated close to Blackheath and Greenwich with its parks, churches, shops, cafes, coffee shops, cinema, gyms etc and we are able to incorporate these facilities and activities into the rehabilitation programme for patient/clients and at the weekends

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Assistive technology yes yes yes yes
Clinical psychology yes yes yes yes
Day Activities yes yes yes yes
Family Support yes yes yes yes
Information yes yes yes yes
Leisure Activities yes yes yes yes
Neurology no yes yes yes
Neuropsychiatry yes yes yes yes
Neuropsychology yes yes yes yes
Nursing yes yes yes yes
Occupational Therapy yes yes yes yes
Physiotherapy yes yes yes yes
Psychiatry yes yes yes yes
Psychology yes yes yes yes
Rehabilitation Consultant no yes yes yes
Speech & Language Therapy yes yes yes yes
Support Workers yes yes yes yes
Training (for staff) yes yes yes 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:

CQC registered

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional yes
Self/Advocate/Family yes
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager yes

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

yes Privately funded (anyone can purchase)

Typical duration that a service is offered

For both TBIRU and HNDU we generally admit patients direct from the acute hospitals as soon as they are medically stable and able to participate or tolerate their rehabiltation programme.

We actively look for a discharge placement close to their home so that when they are ready for discharge they can be closer to their friends and families. The average length of stay is 120 days, as we strive to return the clients back to their local community as soon as they are ready.

This Service was mapped by Kent 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


[Code 40]
Patient description
Needs in-patient care due to physical dependency, or the need for specialist therapy equipment, a safe environment, supervision, or intensity of therapy, in a unit with the expertise and experience in rehabilitation of a condition (Level 1)which cannot be provided in a local specialist centre or in the community (Level 2) which cannot be provided in the community.

Level 1: Regional specialized centre Level 2: Local specialist centre, Acute or community hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Needs inpatient care due to physical dependency, or need for specialist therapy equipment, safe environment, supervision or intensity of therapy which cannot be provided in community


[Code 50]
Patient description
Medically stable, but prolonged confusion, amnesia or behavioural difficulties, requiring specialist behavioural management, intensive supervision and secure environment

Specialist in-patient unit

Description of rehabilitation input
Specialist behavioural management, including high staffing: patient ratio to ensure intensive supervision and secure environment. Access to neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry


[Code 60]
Patient description
Medically stable, but low awareness or response persists beyond eg 3 weeks after sedation withdrawn, ICP corrected and medically stable. Able to benefit from medical and physical therapy to prevent complications and support recovery.

Community hospital or specialist inpatient

Description of rehabilitation input
Assessment/active rehabilitation phase which needs to be distinguished from long term care, although planning care increasingly important aim after some (eg 6) months. Patients may go to active participation unit if they improve sufficiently.

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

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 1 (highly specialised rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category A needs and is led by a consultant trained and accredited in rehabilitation medicine or neuropsychiatry

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