Specialist Services

Our specialist services support people in dedicated environments designed to best meet their needs.

Our range of specialist services include

  •  neuro-behavioural unit (NRU)

  •  ventilator unit

  •  Huntington’s disease unit

The Neuro-behavioural Rehabilitation Unit (NRU)

The neuro-behavioural service (Wellesley ward) is a specialist inpatient ward for adults with challenging behaviour resulting from a brain injury.

Wellesley uses the Positive Behaviour Support approach which focuses on using positive techniques to promote adaptive behaviours and to maximise quality of life. This helps our patients work towards having valued social roles within the community.

The NRU has two pathways

  1. for those who need assessment and rehabilitation before discharge to the community; and
  2. for those who need long-term behaviour management.

Both pathways are led by a consultant clinical psychologist Dr Richard Irwin, alongside a consultant in rehabilitation medicine and a consultant neuropsychiatrist. They are supported by a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team and expert nursing.

Additional facilities

Patients also have access to the wide range of additional services provided onsite at the RHN.

These include

  • wheelchair services
  • specialist clinics for tone, splinting, and swallowing difficulties
  • COMPASS (electronic assistive technology)
  • computer room
  • art room
  • recreation and leisure programmes
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • music library
  • dentist
  • pharmacy
  • podiatrist
  • and hairdresser

This is a dedicated service for people whose conditions have affected their behaviour and present challenges to their care.

We also provide rehabilitation and longer term support for people who experience challenges in behaviour which may be limiting their rehabilitation progress.

Refer to the NRU


Ventilator unit

The Jack Emerson Centre offers care and treatment for people who need ventilator support in a specially designed environment.

Our multi-disciplinary team made up of a specialist consultant, nursing staff and a range of therapists, cares for people with complex needs on both a short-term or longer-stay basis.

The service is supported by a specialist consultant from the Lane Fox Unit, the largest complex home ventilation and weaning centre in England.

An outreach specialist nurse is also available for all patients with tracheostomies.


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 their 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.

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.