The definition of acquired brain injury (ABI) describes a condition which is acquired after birth (from 5 years old) and can apply to any age. It is
non-progressive and caused by various traumas to the brain.
Typically, this could be due to damage to brain tissue after:
- road traffic accidents
- industrial accidents
- sporting accidents
- viral infections to the brain
- neuro surgery
- damage to blood vessels in the brain.
People’s experience of brain injury can differ greatly from one person to the next. Brain injury can affect every area of a person’s life which can be either for the long or the short term.
Aims of the Service:
The aim of the service is to provide community based integrative assessment and rehabilitation for brain injured individuals and their families. To facilitate individuals smooth transition between hospital and community, where necessary by improving services and the knowledge and understanding of ABI among service users, carers and professionals.
Our team consists of both a social work and psychology component which is advantageous to everyone as it ensures that a holistic care package is put in place for each client.
We believe in partnership working and have established a local Managed Care Network for Acquired Brain Injury which meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to ABI, including working on the development of ABI training, service standards, research, and supports.