The Coach House will accommodate 11 adults with acquired brain injuries who need long- term rehabilitation and residential care.

The Coach House was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Liam Prior, a brain injury survivor. He was the first person to move into The Richardson Partnership for Care’s adjacent home, The Mews, back in December 2010.

Liam has since moved out into his own flat, but keeps in touch with the team at The Mews. The opening was attended by around 40 brain injury professionals.

They also enjoyed presentations by senior members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at The Richardson Partnership for Care: Dr Seth Mensah, consultant neuropsychiatrist, told the story of Phineas Gage and what that tells us about the brain and human behaviour; and consultant clinical psychologist, Pedro Areias Grilo, presented his innovative tool for capturing positive behaviours in neurorehabilitation.

In addition, Jo Throp, clinical director at Krysalis Consultancy, spoke about the brain and its function from the perspective of a Neurological Occupational Therapist.

Greg Richardson-Cheater, managing partner at The Richardson Partnership for Care, said: “Every 90 seconds, someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury, and for many of them it will be life changing. Our goal is to help them to fulfil their potential and improve their quality of life.

“The Coach House provides a high-quality environment that is comfortable and homely as well as safe and practical. Combined with the high calibre neuro specialists in our MDT, we have demonstrated that our unique approach delivers positive outcomes for our service users.”

The Richardson Partnership for Care was established in 1989 so this year marks its 30th anniversary. It is an independent and family-run organisation, enabling it to take a long-term approach to high quality care provision.

The Coach House is its sixth specialist residential care home and one of three dedicated to the support and rehabilitation of adults with acquired brain injuries. The remaining three provide residential care and support for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.

For more information about The Richardson Partnership for Care, visit the provider online at www.careresidential.co.uk or call 01604 791266.