Elysium Neurological announce the opening of The Avalon Centre

Professor Nick Alderman at The Avalon Centre
Professor Nick Alderman at The Avalon Centre

Elysium Neurological, part of Elysium Healthcare announce the opening of The Avalon Centre, a specialised Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation service for adults in Swindon.

The Avalon Centre in Swindon has opened its doors to its first patients. The purpose built hospital provides a local and national service for men and women who have suffered changes in their behaviour as a result of an acquired brain injury.

The service provides a full Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation programme, a learning process that re-equips the person, as far as possible, with functional skills, cognitive abilities and social behaviours lost through acquired brain injury.

The hospital is led by Hospital Director, Andy Birkett, and Professor Nick Alderman. Both have extensive experience in neurobehavioral rehabilitation and Professor Alderman, an internationally recognised expert in the field of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation, is the Clinical Director for the service and heads up the Transdisciplinary Team (TDT).


The TDT consists of neurobehavioral specialists including psychologists, nurses, neuropsychiatrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, speech and language therapists, dieticians, social workers and rehabilitation assistants.

Hospital Director, Andy Birkett, said;

“This is a much-needed service for people who find they have been left with unwanted behaviours and complex needs and can’t move on in life.”

The building is a spacious, bright and a modern environment with 18 individual en-suite bedrooms and two self-contained flats built around two enclosed courtyards.  It is set in extensive gardens and has dedicated therapy and communal spaces, making it ideal for delivering Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation programmes and therapies.

Joy Chamberlain CEO at Elysium Healthcare said:

“We had been searching for the perfect site for this service for a number of years. I am delighted that the refurbishment is complete and that we have recruited a first-class clinical team led by Professor Nick Alderman to deliver this important service.”

Early links have been made with Headway Swindon and Anna Cole, their CEO, said:

“We are delighted that The Avalon Centre is opening its doors to help people who have acquired a brain injury. We see just how devastating and lifelong the effects of a brain injury can be, so to have this kind of facility in the local area to support patients that have suffered from neurological trauma is just brilliant.”