Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
Neurological Rehabilitation Service in Bristol
At Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre we work to enable patients to achieve clearly defined and agreed goals. We treat individuals from the age of 16 with an acquired or traumatic brain injury. We’re committed to ensuring our residents feel safe, happy and empowered.
Frenchay provides brain injury care, support and rehabilitation.
We specialise in the treatment of patients with complex physical and cognitive impairments, challenging behaviours and neuropsychiatric disorders resulting from a brain injury. We offer comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation and therapy. Some patients at have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) or are here under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) order.
There are two units on our Frenchay site: Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) South and Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit (BIRU) North. Our Consultant-led Inter-Disciplinary Team work across both units and work seamlessly together to ensure that every team member is working towards the same practical, realistic goals and that all therapies are focused on the areas that will enable patients to achieve those clearly defined and agreed goals.
We are experienced at managing people with PEGS and patients in low states of arousal who require a SMART (Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique) assessment.
Level 1 Regional Specialist Rehabilitation (Frenchay BIRU South)
Our regional service is for individuals with complex and severe impairments following a brain injury. They require highly specialist intensive care from a highly trained inter-disciplinary team and access to treatment and facilities that are unlikely to be available in their local area.
Patients are usually in the early stages of recovery from their brain injury and are usually admitted from an acute hospital once they are medically stable.
Level 2 Specialist Rehabilitation (Frenchay BIRU North)
This service is suitable for individuals who have either completed a period of Level 1 rehabilitation and have ongoing therapy needs, or who have been assessed as having less complex rehabilitation and care requirements.
In either situation, patients have the potential to improve further to either enable a return home or to a community setting with reduced future care needs. We offer two options to reflect the different needs of our patients:
- Higher intensity for patients requiring a short period of intensive therapy
- Lower intensity for patients who would benefit from therapy spread out over a longer timeframe, for example, due to finding multiple therapy sessions fatiguing
We support those with, but are not limited to:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Anoxic Brain Injury
- Brain Tumour
- Complex Stroke
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Inflammatory and infective conditions
- Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
If you are a referring NHS partner looking to access a level 1 placement for a patient please refer using the NHS Badgernet platform and select Frenchay Brain Injury Centre.
For level 2 placements please refer by emailing email@example.com.
Commitment to Quality
At Frenchay Brain Injury rehabilitation Centre we have aligned and agreed our strategic goals to define what we want our organisation to achieve. This means we have also aligned them with the five domains of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection standards to ensure we provide the very best care possible to all our residents.
Frenchay is proud to be one of the countries largest neurological rehabilitation specialists.
5 Large day rooms
Our day rooms are always full of vibrant activities with residents interacting in these wholesome community settings.
We have gymnasiums where all residents are encouraged to keep themselves active and socialise with others.
A specially designed therapy kitchen allows users to learn new skills that will serve them long after they’ve left our care.
Our private gardens allow residents to enjoy the outdoors at their own leisure in a safe and warm environment.
A state-of-the-art therapy pool allows our residents to focus on re-gaining cognitive abilities that may have been lost.
Meet the Team
For the first 10 years of her nursing career, Suzanne worked as a staff nurse then a senior staff nurse within the acute neurosurgical admissions ward. Here Suzanne expanded her knowledge and experience of neurosurgery and neurology, while learning leadership and management skills and completing credited modules in neurosciences for health and working with people experiencing mental health crisis.
In 2021, Suzanne joined Active Care Group as the Head of Nursing for Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Suzanne was thrilled to secure this position as it gave her more responsibility and accountability in the speciality of nursing she loves. In 2022, Suzanne became Hospital Director for Frenchay. Suzanne strives to ensure people have the highest level of service, care and outcomes, through collaboratively working with internal and external stakeholders. Suzanne is passionate about continually developing the service which is patient centred with solid foundations of what matters the most to patients, their families, and their lived experiences.
Claire is the lead physiotherapist at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. After qualifying with her physiotherapy degree in 2007, and working in different settings, Claire quickly realised her passion was in neuro rehab and has subsequently worked in that area for the last 15 years. Claire’s dedication for this patient group developed through her love of creative problem solving, team working and being a key part of a patient’s rehab journey.
Claire is a supportive and proactive leader. She engages her team to strive for the best possible outcomes, promoting a holistic and patient centred approach.
Over the last 10 years working at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Claire has developed highly specialist skills in neurological rehabilitation including complex neurological assessment, excellent clinical reasoning skills based on current evidence base, spasticity management, splinting/ serial casting, complex postural management, spinal cord injury management, hydrotherapy with neurological patients, kinesio taping for neurological patients, trache management and weaning, complex discharge planning, and working with patients in disorders of consciousness.
Claire is a very experienced moving and handling trainer and is one of the therapy representatives in the health and safety meetings.
Jo qualified as an occupational therapist in 2002. She started working at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in 2004 and very quickly found her passion for working with this patient group.
During her 20 years at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Jo has developed highly specialist knowledge and skills in neurorehabilitation and has continuously challenged herself to ensure she is a well-rounded holistic practitioner. She is a SMART accredited Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC) assessor, a positive behaviour support coach, and is skilled in complex posture, seating, splinting, cognitive rehabilitation, upper limb rehabilitation, spasticity management, cognitive rehabilitation and visual rehabilitation. Jo has been instrumental in developing the discharge processes within the service and has created links with stakeholders from across the region to support this process.
Jo has contributed to the significant expansion and development of the specialist rehabilitation services delivered to the patients at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. In her role as lead occupational therapist and more recently as Head of Therapies, Jo constantly strives to achieve a gold standard service and has instilled her passion for complex rehabilitation within the team. Jo has a special interest in healthcare leadership and innovation, which has led her to undertake postgraduate studies in this area. She has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and skills in this area with the therapy team to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders.
Dr Alana Tooze
Dr Alana Tooze
Dr Tooze has always worked in neuropsychology with a particular focus on rehabilitation and the Mental Capacity Act. She completed her PhD in Birmingham, examining the cognitive effects of hormonal changes and radiotherapy treatment in patients treated for pituitary adenoma. Dr Tooze then trained in clinical psychology in Southampton before returning to Bristol to work at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. She then expanded her knowledge of the post brain injury rehabilitation pathway working in the Gloucestershire brain injury team, which covers the acute hospital wards through to community work.
Dr Tooze left this team in 2018 to lead a small neuropsychology team at the Sussex rehabilitation centre, a level 2a neurorehabilitation unit in Haywards Heath near Gatwick. In 2022, Dr Tooze moved to a temporary position at the Homerton level 1 regional neurological rehabilitation unit in London, and the acute stroke unit. This was a great opportunity to see how another level 1 neurorehabilitation unit undertakes patient care and rehabilitation, before Dr Tooze moved back here to Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in January 2023 to lead the neuropsychology team.
Dr SM Javaid
Dr SM Javaid
Dr SM Javaid transitioned from Locum Consultant to a Consultant in neurorehabilitation at the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in April 2022. Prior to this appointment, he had worked as a Locum Consultant in spinal injuries and neurorehabilitation in Salisbury and Inverness respectively.
He brings with him 18 years of experience in rehabilitation medicine, having previously worked in the UK, New Zealand and Australia at various settings across both metropolitan and regional areas. He has worked in general rehabilitation, brain injuries rehabilitation, spinal injuries rehabilitation, rheumatology and amputation rehabilitation in both training and middle grade posts in rehabilitation medicine in the UK and Australasia.
Dr. Javaid feels privileged to belong to a community of medical leaders at the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management who demonstrate, and advocate for excellence in medical leadership, cross-team collaborations, and achieving improvements in organisational culture and innovation.
Becky started in January 2022 as Deputy Matron at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Her career started as a healthcare assistant at Frenchay in 2008, while completing her degree in adult nursing. Once she completed her degree, she went straight to work on an acute ward specialising in neurosurgery, looking after neuro high dependency patients. Becky continued to develop from staff nurse to senior staff nurse in 2013. In 2016, Becky was successfully recruited into a stroke nurse practitioner role, followed by a spinal specialist nurse which enhanced her skills and knowledge in these specialist areas. Becky’s heart was always with neurosurgical and neurosciences patients, which led her back to ward nursing.
After leaving school Katie worked for an insurance company. After deciding on her career path, Katie qualified as a registered adult nurse in 2009 having studied at UWE Bristol: University of the West of England.
Katie worked in neurosurgery as soon as she qualified, first at the old Frenchay Hospital site, before moving to the new site at Southmead Hospital. After working for some years as a senior staff nurse, during the covid-19 pandemic Katie undertook an opportunity to run the acute neurosurgical admissions ward as senior sister. After three and a half years, Katie joined Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre as Deputy Matron.
Emma joined in August 2022 as Matron at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre. Her career started as a nursing auxiliary in a Cottage Hospital. She qualified with her degree in nursing in 1999 and went to work on a ward specialising in neurosurgery. Neuro is where her passion lies, and she continued to develop from staff nurse, senior sister and clinical matron. She brings her experience and knowledge to Frenchay, forging new relationships, bringing along and sharing her NHS experience.
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