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Brainkind Neurological Centre: York

Brainkind Neurological Centre York is an innovative, purpose-built independent hospital providing specialist neurobehavioural assessment and post-acute rehabilitation for people with a non-progressive acquired brain injury.

Neurological centre York

Brief overview

  • 36 ensuite rooms, these are split into four same-sex “Houses”: Foss, Brook, Tarn, and Spring
  • Four transitional living apartments
  • 14 bedrooms with full tracking hoists are available in all four houses
  • Assisted daily living kitchens and laundry rooms, which are fitted with specialist rehabilitation equipment in each house
  • Each house has an anti-ligature room
  • Each house has two anti-barricade doors
  • Specially equipped gym
  • Sensory room
  • Arts, crafts, and music activity rooms
  • Family visiting room with games, toys and books
  • Multi-faith room
  • Eco green roof space
  • Sensory/therapy gardens

About Brainkind Neurological Centre: York

Brainkind Neurological Centre York supports people with an acquired brain injury and complex needs such as cognitive, physical and/or emotional difficulties, including physical and verbal aggression, impaired social functioning, and disinhibited behaviour.

Our highly skilled team offer compassionate and specialised person-centred care, in a safe and
modern environment. Our multidisciplinary team, led by psychiatrists and neuropsychologists, includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation support workers, nurses, speech and language therapists, social workers, and therapy assistants to deliver the very best in neurological care and rehabilitation.

Working collaboratively with external professionals, we ensure a holistic approach to rehabilitation and outcomes, with the people we support actively involved in reviewing their progress. We promote the involvement of families as an important part of the rehabilitation process during and after admission.

As a registered hospital, Brainkind York can work with people detained under the Mental Health Act or subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).



Located in York, the centre can accommodate up to 40 people over two floors and has stunning views of the Knavesmire area.

The centre is designed with four “House” areas, each containing nine ensuite bedrooms, with four featuring full ceiling track hoists and a room with lower-risk fixtures and furnishings.

There are also four transitional living apartments providing assessments for independent living. Each has a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and ensuite.

Living facilities are complemented by spacious communal areas including activity rooms, skills rooms, courtyards and gardens to maximise opportunity for people to engage in their rehabilitation.

Person centred rehabilitation model

Our specialist rehabilitation is based on a neurobehavioural approach and focuses on enabling people to function more independently and develop their lives as they choose. The multi-disciplinary team has specialist assessment and therapy rooms to aid individuals in recovery.

Our person-centred programme may include:

  • Multidisciplinary assessment of needs
  • Educational and therapeutic sessions
  • Support for personal, social, and domestic skills
  • Behavioural guidance
  • Community based activities
  • Supported leisure activities

Becoming more independent

Being part of the community is a key aspect of our rehabilitation programme. Our innovative new service is conveniently located near York city centre, allowing for easy social integration. However long a stay, our goal is to help everyone become as independent as possible.

That’s why we personalise our rehabilitation, care and support.

Conditions we specialise in:

We specialise in the rehabilitation of people who are experiencing behavioural disorders following an acquired brain injury. We can accept referrals for people detained under the Mental Health Act.

Individuals may also have any or a combination of the following:

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Long term complex care
  • Severe verbal and/or physical aggression
  • Disinhibited and / or challenging behaviours
  • Historic substance misuse and high-risk profiles

Our specialist team

Our service delivers the very best in specialist neurological care and rehabilitation, including neuropsychiatry, as needed. Clinical psychiatrists and neuropsychologists lead our in-house multidisciplinary team, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, speech & language therapists, social workers, therapy assistants and rehabilitation support workers.

Our highly skilled staff offer person-centred care in a safe and spacious environment. The people we support are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes, and we promote the involvement of families in the rehabilitation process.

Our team collaborates with the people we support, other professionals and families to support long-term needs and make recommendations for suitable discharges. Brainkind has a pathway of services, supporting people through every step of their journey, which includes suitable step-down services such as residential rehabilitation, specialist residential care homes and supported living services.

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