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Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

Location and Contact details

Frenchay Hospital,
Frenchay Park Road
BS16 1UU

Telephone: 01179 562697


Type of organisation

  • Private Company Service

Descripton of organisation

  • In patient

miles (straight line)
miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Jan 10, 2013

Further Details

The Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre is a 24 bedded, modern Centre situated on the Frenchay Hospital site in Bristol. The Centre provides specialist intensive in-patient rehabilitation for adults and adolescents (16 years upwards) with a traumatic or acquired brain injury. We treat patients with highly complex physical and cognitive impairments, challenging behaviours and neuropsychiatric disorders resulting from a brain injury. We also admit patients detained under the Mental Health Act. The inter-disciplinary team offer comprehensive assessment (including SMART assessment) rehabilitation programmes and goal orientated therapy.

The inter-disciplinary team comprises of two Medical Consultants - Dr Angus Graham, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Dr John Holloway, Consultant in Neuropsychiatry, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Nursing Staff, Rehab Technicians and Rehab Assistants, Activity Co-ordinators and Discharge Liaison Co-ordinator.

The majority of our patients are admitted from an acute hospital following surgery and stabilisation of their brain injury - and on average patients stay with us for 3 - 5 months. We admit patients with tracheostomies, nasogastric tubes, PEG's and patients in low staes of arousal.

We are a Level 1 specialist service and complete the full set of Outcome measure for the UKROC data base.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Acute Medical Care yes yes yes yes
Advice yes yes yes yes
Assistive technology yes yes yes yes
Clinical psychology yes yes yes yes
Day Activities yes yes yes yes
Equipment yes yes yes yes
Family Support yes yes yes yes
Information yes yes yes yes
Leisure Activities yes yes yes yes
Music Therapy yes yes yes yes
Neurology yes yes yes yes
Neuropsychiatry yes yes yes yes
Neuropsychology yes yes yes yes
Neurosurgical Care yes yes yes yes
Nursing yes yes yes yes
Occupational Therapy yes yes yes yes
Physiotherapy yes yes yes yes
Psychiatry yes yes no yes
Psychology yes yes yes yes
Rehabilitation Consultant yes yes yes yes
Speech & Language Therapy yes yes yes yes
Training (for clients/patients) yes yes yes yes
Training (for families/carers) 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 no
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional yes
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

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

We offer an initial six week assessment, followed by a period of intensive rehabilitation - dependant on the patients assessed needs.

Our average length of stay is 3 - 5 months, although we have patients for shorter periods of rehab and some very complex patients for a considerably longer period of rehabilitation.

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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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