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Brain Injury Service

The Brain Injury Service is a community based service providing rehabilitation to adults aged 16 and over who have experienced a brain injury.

Causes of brain injury may include:

  • Falls
  • Assault
  • Road Traffic Collision
  • Bleeds and strokes
  • Infections and illnesses, e.g. Encephalitis

Following a brain injury, people may have difficulties with:

  • Carrying out everyday tasks
  • Poor memory
  • Reduced attention and difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in behaviour and emotions

This service aims to support people to become as independent as possible within their home, workplace, and community.   

As a brain injury affects everyone differently, the Occupational Therapist works with the person to set goals that are relevant to their life.  Types of support available may include -

  • Information and advice about brain injury for the person and their carers
  • Support emotional needs following injury
  • Learn how to manage difficulties with thinking skills
  • Help to relearn skills or new ways of completing tasks
  • Advice for returning to work
  • Signposting to local support groups and activities
  • To help you achieve your goals we may work with health and voluntary partners

To make contact with the service, you or someone acting for you should submit a social work enquiry form. Alternatively, you can contact your local social work office on 0303 123 1008 and ask to make a referral to the Brain Injury Service.                                                             

Further services

The Child Brain Injury Trust is a brain injury organisation that provides support to children who have sustained a brain injury and their families.  They are able to provide practical support, training and education throughout each stage of the child’s life.

AskSARA is an award-winning online self-help guide providing expert advice and information on products and equipment for older and disabled people. AskSARA is easy to use. Simply choose which subject you would like help and support with and answer some questions about yourself and your environment

AskSARA will produce a free personalised report providing:

  • Clear, tailored advice written by experts on ways to help with daily activities and staying independent in your home
  • An impartial list of products and equipment, specific to your needs, with information on where to get them
  • Further help and contacts for more information
  • An option to save your report and share it with family, friends and care workers.

Headway - the brain injury association is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers.  From Headway groups or branches, legal advice and care services near you, to an Emergency Fund, Brain Injury Identity Card, helpline and much more, there are many ways in which Headway can support you after brain injury.

An NHS website that recommends specific apps that support recovery from brain injury.  These apps have been found to aid rehabilitation for survivors, their families and clinicians following a Brain Injury. Recommended by NHS experts. Tried and tested by people like you.

An NHS Lothian website designed to provide information on mild head injury, concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.  It also contains many practical tips and tools to help with recovery.