What we do

“Twelve months ago I was suffering from acute depression and I thought my life was over… through attending BASIC I seem to have developed a fresh outlook. I feel more positive about the future.”

Client quote 2014/15

Our mission at BASIC is to support when medical treatment has ended and families are left to cope largely on their own with the consequence of brain and spinal injury in the family. We are open during the day, Monday to Friday and our services are available to anyone that needs help.

Although most of our clients live in and around Greater Manchester, we will endeavour to help anyone with an acquired brain or spinal injury wherever they may live. We take referrals from a number of sources:

  • Salford Royal Hospital — BASIC is located close to Salford Royal but remains an independent registered charitable organisation
  • Community Neuro-Rehabilitation Teams
  • other hospitals
  • GP's and other health professionals
  • self referral via our Helpline, website, social media or simply visiting our Centre.

   We offer a one-stop shop of support for as long as we are needed:

  ♦ A promise to listen by staff that understand

  ♦ No time limit on help

  ♦ No waiting lists for most services

  ♦ Community-based, non-medical support

  ♦ Individually tailored rehabilitation plan with short and long term goals

  ♦ Unique in the UK

We have a care pathway for each referral:

  1.  An appointment is made with Sandra Buckley or Tara Hodges, our Client Support Services team .
  2.  The referral is brought to our multi-disciplinary team meeting discussion.
  3.  If the referral is accepted as a client, a rehabilitation plan is agreed between BASIC and client.
  4.  Progress reviewed at 6 and 12 months.

Services at BASIC have been designed to address the unique difficulties of the ‘hidden disability” which can result from acquired brain injury.  So called because people often recover well physically but are left with ‘hidden’ problems e.g. memory, concentration, cognitive (thought processes), behavioural, emotional, psychological and social.


Emotional support

  • initial meeting with our Information Officer
  • person-centred counselling
  • CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Psychology
  • peer support

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Cognitive support

  • Memory Workshops
  • Captain's Log one-to-one brain training
  • AIR virtual reality sessions

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Physical support

  • BodyBASIC assisted exercise suite
  • AIR virtual reality sessions
  • YouGrabber
  • Berkel Bike
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Back to work

We believe that by offering early intervention we can help people to achieve their potential, reduce isolation and promote re-employment. We offer:

  • Vocational assessment and counselling
  • Liaison with employers
  • Arranging and monitoring work placements
  • Negotiation of return to work with employers
  • Provision of brain injury education & advice for employers
  • Workplace job coaching
  • Mentoring, confidence building and travel training.
  • Support with job search, ie interviewing
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Complementary therapies

  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Massage
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