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.

Exterior of Frenchay.

Capacity up to 52


All genders


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 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

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

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

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.

52 bedrooms

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.

2 gymnasiums

We have gymnasiums where all residents are encouraged to keep themselves active and socialise with others.

Therapy kitchen

A specially designed therapy kitchen allows users to learn new skills that will serve them long after they’ve left our care.

Private gardens

Our private gardens allow residents to enjoy the outdoors at their own leisure in a safe and warm environment.

Hydrotherapy pool

A state-of-the-art therapy pool allows our residents to focus on re-gaining cognitive abilities that may have been lost.

Take a look around

Based in Bristol, Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre provides specialist post acute rehabilitation, as well as the management of long term neurological conditions.


Meet the team

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Our goal is to care for people and help them lead rich, rewarding and meaningful lives, however that looks for them. Download our brochure to learn more about the services we provide at Active Care Group.

Headway approved

We are extremely proud to be accredited as an approved provider of specialist brain injury care by the Headway Brain Injury Association

Case study

Download our case studies to learn more about the work we do at Frenchay.

Our address

Briggs Road, Frenchay,
Winterbourne, Bristol, BS16 2UU

Contact number

Tel: 0117 956 2697

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