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National Brain Injury Centre, St Andrew's Healthcare

Location and Contact details

National Brain Injury Centre
St Andrew's Healthcare

Telephone: 0800 434 6690


Type of organisation

  • Voluntary Sector Service

Descripton of organisation

  • In patient
  • Out patient
  • Residential

miles (straight line)
miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Oct 30, 2012

Further Details

The National Brain Injury Centre offers integrated pathway options across dependency, age, gender and security on our site in Northampton. The Kemsley unit has over 30 years experience of delivering specialised neurobehavioural rehabilitation services.
Bespoke care programmes help those affected to progress to community based services with a particular emphasis on improving quality of life and building firm
foundations for the future. Facilities include locked services to provide rehabilitation to individuals with challenging behaviour, with separate women's and young persons' units. The transitional unit, Berkeley Close, is positioned to provide ease of access to hospital-based facilities (e.g. workshops, gymnasium, social opportunities) and community-integration from its base at the edge of a housing estate.

The National Brain Injury Centre offers:

> Reputation for delivering proven, effective outcomes
across all services and pathways
> Excellent reputation > expertise on site
> Work with individuals with multiple presenting problems, e.g. acquired brain injury, substance misuse, forensic history, mental health issues.
> Able to work with sectioned (Mental Health Act) patients
> Quality of life provision
> Established provision of neurobehavioural programmes
> Management/treatment of challenging behaviour
> Partnerships in education and with other providers
> Our main goal for every individual is to enhance the delivery of optimum independent living through reducing levels of dependence

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Clinical psychology yes yes no no
Family Support yes yes yes yes
Neuropsychiatry yes yes yes yes
Neuropsychology yes yes yes yes
Nursing yes yes no no
Occupational Therapy yes yes no no
Physiotherapy yes yes no no
Psychiatry yes yes no no
Psychology yes yes no no
Speech & Language Therapy yes yes no no
Training (for clients/patients) yes yes no no
Transitional rehabilitation yes yes no no
Voluntary Activity yes yes no no
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 Inspected
Member of the Independent Neurorehabilitation Provider Alliance
Member of the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum
Member of the Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum

Referrals can be made by

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

- Referrers need to ensure they have the support of the relevant funding body in order to enable assessment for admission to take place.

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 noyesno

yes Privately funded (anyone can purchase)

Typical duration that a service is offered

The service provides an integrated pathway from admission with severe behavioural and cogntive difficulties requiring intensive treatment, through to step-down services and transitional living. The length of stay ranges from 6 months to several years and is dependent upon the individual's needs, progress and availability of suitable destinations for successful discharge.

The units are:
Elgar - young persons unit (mixed gender)
Tallis - adult male admissions
Tavener - adult male admissions
Allitsen - adult female admissions
Walton - adult male slow stream
Berkeley Close ground floor - adults requiring community integration/transitional living
(mixed gender)
Berkeley Close first floor - adult males requiring community integration/transitional living
and with continued risk of challenging behaviour.

This Service was mapped by ABI London. 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 75]
Patient description
Medically stable, requiring supportive environment/accommodation, 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

Residential Care/Supported Housing

Description of rehabilitation input
Retraining and enablement in day-to-day domestic and community-based tasks in a non-hospital, home-like environment, 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. Help for family/carers in supporting the person in these roles, and with identifying statutory support available.


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

All sites

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


[Code 120]
Patient description
Medically stable. Wanting to engage further with the community, alone or with others.

All sites

Description of rehabilitation input
Organised activity in the community offering opportunities to to develop social skills, stamina, confidence, attention & leisure pursuits, Specific attention paid to: Community involvement & integration (further education etc), Personal social development and empowerment Structured daytime activity within the individual's competency framework. Includes Day activities, Day Centres, clubs and activity that may be purchased with a personal budget.


[Code 125]
Patient description
Medically stable. Wanting to engage further with the community, alone or with others.

All sites

Description of rehabilitation input
Organised activity in the community offering opportunities to develop skills through voluntary work and activity.

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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