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Multi-disciplinary community rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury (ABI)

We provide specialist, community based rehabilitation services for adults with single incident, non-progressive acquired brain injury aged 16 plus. Our catchment area covers boroughs in North and Outer North East London and parts of Essex.

We are an evidence based service which adheres to the highest quality standards including national and government guidelines. We work in the community with people who have suffered a brain injury, usually as a result of stroke or a traumatic brain injury.

We aim to increase clients’ independence and self-esteem through improving their participation in work, study and leisure activities, and their social relationships. We aim to set up a network of support for each client and provide brain injury education so that gains are sustained and built upon post discharge.

Goals are decided between clients, their relatives/carers and the therapists, ensuring that each treatment package is individualised to suit a client’s particular needs.

Typical active treatment involves the therapists and rehabilitation assistants working with a client in his/her own environment or another community setting approximately once a week; this may last from three to six months.

We also provide clinical neuropsychology to the client and where appropriate to their families. Follow-on treatment involves contact with the client once a month to ensure that the rehabilitation strategies introduced are continued over the long-term.

Disciplines available

  • clinical neuropsychology
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech & language therapy
  • rehabilitation assistant.

Services offered

  • multidisciplinary assessments reports
  • neuropsychology reports
  • uni-disciplinary work (clinical neuro-psychology only)
  • treatment programmes
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • brain injury education (e.g. for clients, family/friends, carers/support workers, employers).

Geographical service criteria

Clients must be living within 60 minutes drive of Homerton Hospital. These include clients registered with a GP in:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Havering
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest
  • Enfield
  • Haringey.

Clients registered with a GP in:

  • West Essex
  • Southwest Essex
  • Southeast Essex
  • North East Essex
  • Mid Essex.


Clients must have funding approved before they can be seen by the Specialist ABI Outreach Team. The Team has service level agreements with NHS providers in Outer North East London and North London for the boroughs listed above.

Funding requests are made by the Team to the Essex commissioners once their referral has been received. Private referrals may also be accepted.

Making a referral

Clients can be referred to the RNRU Outreach Team via their consultant, GP, Social Services, Allied Health Professionals, Case Managers or community organisations such as Headway, Link Place or Different Strokes. Clients or their families can also self-refer.

Our referral form is available here

Our Results

Since June 2013, we have been asking clients to complete a questionnaire to find out how satisfied they have been with the service we provide. The questionnaire asks 9 questions and the process is anonymous.

The results so far from this questionnaire as well as the changes we are making to improve our service can be seen here.

How to contact us

RNRU Outreach Team Manager
Homerton University Hospital
Homerton Row
London, E9 6SR

tel: 020 8510 7645
fax: 020 8510 7640

More information


Hear of the experience of other patients of the RNRU Outreach team who have gained greater independence, a greater quality of life, more confidence and a more positive outlook:

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Young man recovering from violent attack resulting in brain injury talks about his awful ordeal and how he was helped by the RNRU Outeach team

Outreach 1

They helped me to go further and further and to be able to do things for myself” 

 Outreach 2

“The Outreach Team helped me organize things in a way that is more productive for me and not let the neurological disease hold me down from things that I wanted to do.”