The Neuro-behavioural Rehabilitation Unit
The neuro-behavioural service (Wellesley ward) is a specialist inpatient ward for adults with challenging behaviour resulting from a brain injury. This is a dedicated service for people whose conditions have affected their behaviour and present challenges to their care.
Wellesley uses the Positive Behaviour Support approach which focuses on using positive techniques to promote adaptive behaviours and to maximise the quality of life. This helps our patients work towards having valued social roles within the community.
The Neuro-behavioural service has two pathways:
- for those who need assessment and rehabilitation before discharge to the community
- for those who need long-term behaviour management.
Both pathways are led by a consultant clinical psychologist, alongside a consultant in rehabilitation medicine and a consultant neuropsychiatrist. They are supported by a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team and expert nursing.
The team is also experienced in palliative care. This highly sensitive work is supported by a specialist palliative care consultant from the Royal Trinity Hospice, as part of a partnership arrangement.
We also provide rehabilitation and longer-term support for people who experience challenges in behaviour which may be limiting their rehabilitation progress.
Huntington’s disease unit
Our specialist Huntington’s disease service is based on Wolfson and Coombs wards.
It provides excellent care and support for patients who have highly complex needs, and their families, encouraging independence and maximising their quality of life.
These wards provide an environment where people affected by Huntington’s disease, a rare genetic condition, can receive specialist support. There is a consultant in Huntington’s disease and specialist therapies such as neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
Wolfson Ward supports people who experience behavioural challenges as a result of Huntington’s disease. It provides 24-hour nursing care. The ward has a bright, airy and homely environment. It was designed by patients, relatives and staff, guided by the Kings Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme.