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Heslington Rd, York

York House

York House is our specialist assessment and neurorehabilitation hospital to help people thrive after a brain injury. The people we support at this hospital may have suffered a stroke, an accident or an undiagnosed health condition.

Brief overview

Specialism: Acquired brain injury service

  • Thirty-eight specially adapted ensuite bedrooms
  • Fresh food tailored to meet a range of dietary needs
  • Specially equipped gym
  • Occupational therapy rooms
  • Arts, crafts, and music activity rooms

About York House

York House is a specialist assessment and neurorehabilitation hospital for men and women who have experienced a brain injury after birth. The in-house specialist team delivers exceptional care and support for patients and their families.


York House is a Grade II listed building set in beautiful gardens and offers a safe and comfortable environment. Patients have their own specially adapted bedrooms, each with ensuite facilities.

There’s also a women’s only ward, with ten beds.

Chefs prepare fresh menus designed to meet a wide range of dietary needs.

The gym features specialist equipment to increase people’s movement and function. Regular life skill classes are hosted in the occupational therapy kitchens and laundry rooms. The people we support can enjoy Arts, crafts and music groups in the activity room.

Our rehabilitation models

Our specialist rehabilitation is based on a neuro-behavioural 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.

York House’s highly skilled staff offer compassionate, specialised care, teaming up with fellow Brainkind staff to support the people we support emotionally and physically. The team includes Psychiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, Social workers, Support Workers, Nurses, Speech and language therapists, Dietitians, Creative therapists, and Independence advocates.

The programme may include:

  • Educational and therapeutic sessions
  • Support for personal, social, and domestic skills
  • Guided leisure time
  • Behavioural management
  • Community access
  • Vocational support and training.

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. Home leave is encouraged wherever possible.

Becoming more independent

Access to the wider community forms an important part of rehabilitation. York House is only a short walk from York City centre and parks, making social integration possible. Whether discharged within six months or a year, York House aims to support everyone to be as independent as possible. That’s why care is tailored to individual circumstances and never rushed.

Who we support

We specialise in the rehabilitation of people who are experiencing behavioural disorders following an acquired brain injury. We can take referrals for people detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003.

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

• Severe verbal and / or physical aggression
• Neuropsychiatric symptoms
• Impaired social functioning
• Disinhibited and / or challenging behaviours
• Pre-existing mental ill health
• Substance misuse problems and high-risk profiles

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