Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Recent research highlights the need for a new approach to rehabilitation, where a holistic therapy and rehabilitation experience encompassing physical exercise, experiential learning, and support coming to terms with self-concept after a life-changing acquired brain injury.

We have been working with leading clinicians and academics1 to develop the new approach to brain injury rehabilitation that will focus on ‘learning through doing’ in outdoor activity, supported by a multidisciplinary team in a purpose-built residential centre.   Our new centre will provide:-

  1.  A 10 bed residential centre, with a multidisciplinary team
  2.  A 10-24 week rehabilitation programme with defined goals
  3.  Specialised 5 day or weekend courses; to try out or as a refresher
  4.  Intensive rehabilitation for c.100 people each year, or 1,000 over 10 years
  5.  6-monthly follow-up support to help evaluate progress and set new goals
  6.  An online community of past participants, with appropriate safeguarding and monitoring
  7.  Monitoring and evaluation to prove this new approach at PhD level with the University of Newcastle, and under the supervision of Rob Forsyth,  a leading neuroscientist
Note 1. In 2016 our ‘Go Herdwick’ project helped raise initial funding for this project.  We have now secured 50% of the £1.6m needed and are now urgently seeking the final £792,800Prof Mike Barnes, Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation, University of Newcastle; Dr Rob Forsyth, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Newcastle & Consultant Paediatric Neurologist; Bill Braithwaite, QC; Brain Injury Lawyer; John Gaimster: brain injury survivor; Heather Batey: Occupational Therapist.

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If you, or anyone you know, is interested in attending an ABI Rehabilitation Course please contact the bookings team on 017687 72255.