About the service
Moor Green Outpatient Brain Injury Service provides rehabilitation on a daily basis (Monday to Friday) to adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI).
Who is the service for?
Any adult over the age of 16 who lives in the West Midlands and who has experienced an acquired brain injury (such as a traumatic brain injury resulting from an accident or assault, a stroke, hypoxia or an infection in the brain) may be able attend Moor Green.
The staff team consists of:
• speech and language therapists
• occupational therapists
• clinical psychologists
• rehabilitation assistants
• administration and secretarial staff
Clients will be offered a place at Moor Green when there is a need for them to be seen by at least two of these professions who will work in an integrated manner in order to assist with progress. Clients may be working on managing their behaviour, community integration, independent living skills, vocational exploration or returning to work, though we have a particular emphasis on these latter areas.
Referral to Moor Green comes from three sources only:
- Brain Injury Specialist Clinic (BISC - based at Moor Green. Referrals to BISC can be made by your GP, social worker, hospital consultant or by staff from voluntary organisations such as Headway or the Stroke Association)
- Birmingham Neuro Rehabilitation Team (BNRT – based in Moseley Hall Hospital)
- In-Patient Neuro Rehabilitation Unit (INRU – based in Moseley Hall Hospital)
Following a referral from any of these services, your name will be added to the Moor Green waiting list and you will be contacted by a member of the team when we are ready to start your programme. This person will usually be known as your keyworker and will have a role in coordinating and overseeing your programme at Moor Green.
What will happen at Moor Green?
Initially, you and your family will be invited to attend for an induction which takes place over a number of sessions. The aim of this is to introduce you to our service and our staff, to help you think about your long-term goals and give you some basic information about the brain, how it becomes injured and how to develop strategies to deal with difficulties caused by brain injury. Some extended assessments might also be carried out during this period.
Following the induction, your keyworker will begin to organise a tailored programme which will largely be group-based. There may also be some individual sessions at Moor Green or in the community. In addition, some work may be done with you at home. We might also help establish work placements and re-introduction to your work place.
People generally stay at Moor Green for about six months, attending two to three days per week. Four weeks after starting your programme, your keyworker will organise an initial goal planning meeting (IGP). This is so that we can set your goals together and decide how best to work on completing them. Your progress towards your goals will be reviewed midway through your time at Moor Green and again when it is time to leave the service.
What we do at an assessment?
During your time at Moor Green you will complete a number of assessments. Most clients will have a cognitive assessment to look at how their memory, speed of thinking and ability to plan and organise have been affected by their brain injury. All clients will also be seen by an occupational therapist who will do a variety of assessments depending on a client’s goals and stated difficulties. Clients with speech and language difficulties or physical problems will also be seen by the relevant professionals for assessment.
What happens after the assessment?
In your IGP the information that is gathered through these assessments will be shared with you and with the rest of the treating team. The assessment results will help us to know what areas we need to work on and help us to plan your individual programme, so that you can work towards achieving your rehabilitation goals.