Frenchay Brain Rehabilitation Unit wins major award

Friday, 22 March 2013

At a prestigious awards ceremony held on March 12 at London’s Lancaster Hotel, the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) won the Independent Specialist Care Award for excellence in the provision of brain injury rehabilitation services.

BIRU is a specialised rehabilitation centre based on the Frenchay Hospital site which provides assessment and treatment therapy programmes for people who have suffered a brain injury. It is run and operated by The Huntercombe Group.

The award recognises excellence and effectiveness in terms of patient outcomes.

The service was able to demonstrate its expertise through recent initiatives including new treatment programmes to support patients with eating and drinking, and an upper limb pathway that uses mirror therapy as a treatment in aiding recovery of movement in the arms after a brain injury.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Frenchay Brain Injury Unit were Gerry Roxborough and Donna Wilding, Speech and Language Therapists.

Margaret Cudmore, Managing Director of The Huntercombe Group, said: “This award is richly deserved by Alison Woods (Hospital Manager) and all of the team at Frenchay. The service consistently outperforms other providers in this category.”

The service provides cost effective and high quality care, and is able to evidence this through outcomes, customer feedback, Care Quality Commission inspection results, short length of stay, and delivery of CQUIN quality measures.  In addition to all of this, Frenchay continues to promote evidence based practice, research and innovation across its clinical service delivery.

The Huntercombe Group has a formal partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, consisting of joint medical staff appointments and shared facilities on the Frenchay Hospital site - offering immediate access to rehabilitation.  

The unit can admit medically-dependent patients, enabling earlier discharge from the main Frenchay Hospital of patients on tracheostomy, assisted ventilation, or those with physically aggressive behaviour or requiring treatment under section of the Mental Health Act.