Male brain injury service - opening April 2024

A 10-bed inpatient care and rehabilitation unit for adult men who have an acquired/traumatic

Church is a new specialist admission and stabilisation unit for adult men with a formal psychiatric or neurological diagnosis of brain injury resulting in cognitive deficits or behavioural changes that in turn require in-patient neurobehavioural treatment.  It sits alongside the highly regarded Tallis ward, which has been a point of admission in to our specialist pathway for over 40 years, and offers commissioning and clinical teams the option of triaging patients to the most appropriate environment, depending on individual risks and needs.

We support patients with the most complex needs and behaviours that challenge, and engage them in their journey of recovery

The staff on Church are expert at de-escalating verbal and physical aggression while increasing engagement to improve daily-living and independence. Their objective is to move patients to a placement of least restriction, and optimise their ability to re-integrate to community.

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Light and uplifting environment enabling easy access

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Side rooms offer activity, therapy and chill out spaces

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Specialist bathrooms and equipment is common throughout

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Wide spaces allow for easy access around the ward

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Additional therapy rooms are accessible next to Church

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This includes a therapy kitchen, gym, library and music room

Admissions Criteria

We support men who are aged over 18 and have: 

  • a formal psychiatric or neurological diagnosis
  • a history of acquired or traumatic brain injury
  • co-morbid physical or mental health needs
  • severe emotional and behavioural difficulties including aggression to others and who are considered a high risk to themselves or others
  • difficulties with self-regulation and control
  • problems in interpersonal relationships
  • a history of treatment resistance
  • a history of non-compliance with prescribed medication
  • been detained under either civil or criminal provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007)

Treatment and care

Our MDT construct programmes of enablement that allow progress through our pathways to a place of least restriction, and utilise a full range of psychological and occupational therapy programmes which:

  • are highly structured and tailored to the individual
  • provide constant guidance and support
  • reinforce appropriate behaviour and skills
  • cater for those with intensive, complex acute needs
  • support patients towards the end of their recovery journey
  • are delivered by an extensive full-time team
  • offer individual and group therapy experiences
  • address functional and behavioural issues
  • support communication, movement, self-care, dis-inhibition and aggression

The least restrictive environment

We aim to care for patients in the most suitable and least restrictive environment to address their clinical needs and risks.

Patient transitions/next steps are considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers and home area teams to facilitate the next phase of a patients care


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