Read about the impact we have on supporting people with brain injuries and other neurological conditions
Our team across our services are here to answer your queries and questions
Take a look at our different services across the UK, and how they can support you
Read about how our services are having an impact on people’s lives
Learn about brain injuries, the rehabilitation journey, from diagnosis and treatment to the ongoing support and independence.
The Brain Injury Linkworker Service is based on the belief in equal and fair access to neurorehabilitation for all. Learn how we can support your organisation.
Read the latest insights about brain injury rehabilitation from the Brainkind research team
View our research teams published book chapters and articles in peer reviewed publications.
Get involved and support a world where life after brain injury is a life well lived.
Do you support homeless people and prisoners and ex-offenders who have experienced an acquired brain injury? Our training is designed to give you the tools you need to support people in your service.
Login to view and download our BINI and BISI tools
View our careers page for jobs across all our services.
There are many ways to donate to Brainkind. Your donations will help support people with brain injuries and neurological conditions.
Home / About brain injury / The Brain Injury Linkworker Service
The Brain Injury Linkworker Service is based on the belief in equal and fair access to neurorehabilitation for all. As an organisation, we are proud of the work we have carried out for several years in Wales, focusing on the difference we can make in the Criminal Justice System.
We currently have Brain Injury Linkworker services in HMP Cardiff, HMP Swansea, and the associated Approved Premises supporting prison leavers.
Brainkind (formerly The Disabilities Trust) has developed the Brain Injury Linkworker Service (BIL) over the last decade. It identifies people with a history indicative of brain injury using the Brain Injury Screening Index (BISI) together with a range of standardised screening tools to develop a holistic understanding of the person in prison.
From this detailed assessment, the BIL plans and provides a range of effective interventions, often addressing problems relating to memory, concentration, behaviour that challenges, and motivation.
The Linkworker service engages with complex people, many of whom have otherwise disengaged from previous support available in prison.
Psychoeducation and brain injury awareness training enable people in prison to understand the impact of their brain injury and, as a result, make it easier for them to self-manage their health.
The ability of the Brain Injury Linkworker intervention to deliver positive outcomes is documented in Ramos et al., 2018 and included in a systematic review of brain interventions by de Geus et al., 2021. A previous evaluation of our BIL in South Wales found:
fewer open ACCTs (Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork)
fewer adjudications and incidents compared to the three months before receiving support, evidencing the impact of the support provided.
People with brain injuries have unique needs. To help as many people as possible, we have a network of hospitals, assessment and rehab centres, and community support services across the UK.