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ABI Services achieve Headway Approved Provider status

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We are delighted to announce that three Tracscare Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) services have successfully achieved Headway Re-Accreditation Approved provider status. The teams at Isfryn (Ystragynlais, Wales)Oakhill (Swansea, Wales) and Chesterwood (Birmingham) have worked extremely hard to achieve Re-Accreditation. The process is rigorous, and looks for specialist ABI support for individuals and their families in 33 domains. It now means Headway are able to recommend these services as a specialist provider.

We are delighted for all three services, it is outstanding that the excellent work they do, supporting people post injury is recognised. It has been great working with Headway in such a constructive process to ensure we are continually looking for improvement and maintaining excellence for the people we support.

The Headway Approved Provider Scheme

The scheme utilises standards developed to reflect the specific needs of people with ABI, using these to evaluate a range of facilities including hospitals and neuro-rehabilitation units, residential and nursing homes and respite facilities.

The process involves units signing off a statement of compliance against each required standard and undergoing a robust on-site assessment, within an inspection system that also involves unannounced interim reviews.

 This process ensures that units gaining Approved Provider status can demonstrate their provision of appropriate specialist care for those with complex, physical and/or cognitive impairment due to acquired brain injury. Key aspects of the process include ensuring staff working in the unit are aware of and responsive to issues associated with ABI, and that the unit gives consideration to the information and other needs of the person, their family and carers.

Each successful unit is accredited by Headway for a two year period as an Approved Provider, able to meet the needs of those affected by ABI.

As outlined above, accreditation lasts for two years, with an initial assessment and an unannounced review during this time.

What is an Acquired brain injury?

Acquired brain injury refers to trauma to the brain during adulthood, and could be caused in a number of ways such as through a fall, a road traffic accident, a stroke/ bleed on the brain, through viruses such as meningitis and encephalitis, tumours, surgery, poisoning and lack of oxygen to the brain.

No two brain injuries are the same can affect people in many different ways depending on the severity of damage and where the damage has occurred. Therefore a brain injury can affect mobility, muscle strength, memory, planning skills, coping skills, orientation, motivation, social skills, speech and communication. As a result of these losses, individuals also need support to come to terms with their life changes.

For more information about our ABI services please call 0333 240 7770 or email info@tracscare.co.uk


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