New Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service in Swindon

The Avalon Centre, is a specialist rehabilitation centre for people with a brain injury, registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and part of Elysium Neurological.

The Avalon Centre is a national service which primarily supports men and women from Swindon and the South West of England who have suffered changes in their behaviour as a result of an acquired brain injury.

These changes may cause problems with thinking, remembering and doing everyday things leading to frustration and difficulty with managing emotions.

Registered Manager for the service, 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 conceptual underpinnings of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation comprise 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, to maximise personal autonomy through enhancing the ability to apply skills spontaneously and adaptively.

The Avalon Centre is a spacious, bright and modern environment with 18 individual en-suite bedrooms and two self-contained flats.  These provide an internal pathway for people who have progressed on their journey to recovery and wish to try independent living prior to discharge.

All bedrooms overlook the extensive gardens and the service is designed around two enclosed courtyard areas. There are pleasant outdoor spaces for all to enjoy which can be used for gardening, recreational activities and social events.

The building was originally constructed for this type of service, so is ideal for delivering the programmes required with lots of therapy space both inside and outside the building. It is close to the local facilities and wherever possible rehabilitation will be based in everyday community situations to reinforce the learning.

The Transdisciplinary Team (TDT) at The Avalon Centre is made up of Psychologist, Nurses, Neuropsychiatrist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Dietician, Social Worker, Rehabilitation Assistants, Facilities & Support Staff and Hospital Director.

Professor Nick Alderman, internationally recognised expert in the field of Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation, is the Clinical Director for the service.

He recently achieved the ‘Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice’ from the British Psychological Society. Professor Alderman has been working with and training the Avalon staff for over five months prior to opening and is very impressed with the calibre and positivity of the team. In fact their team motto has become, ‘We are relentlessly positive!’

Joy Chamberlain 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 in Swindon.”

Early links have been made to work with the local brain injury charity Headway Swindon who provide invaluable support and advice for local people who have suffered a brain injury.

Anna Cole, CEO at Headway Swindon, said: “We are delighted that The Avalon Centre is opening its doors to help people who have acquired a brain injury.

“At Headway Swindon, 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.  This facility will help those affected by brain injury in the early days of their rehabilitation and at Headway Swindon we can continue that rehab on a long-term basis through the work at our day centre.”

If you would like to hear more about the service please contact: Sheila Manisier, Business Development Director (Elysium Neurological) 07384 894098 or Sarah Moss, Partnership Development Manager 07876 896500.

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