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The Priory Highbank Centre - Bury

The Priory Highbank Centre's neuro-rehabilitation service specialises in acquired brain injury and neurological rehabilitation. The service offers excellent care, support and encouragement to help patients regain their maximum physical, emotional and social capabilities in an environment that offers individual care and positive outcomes.

Services are provided through a number of units which include:

  • Neuro-rehabilitation - Walmersley Unit
  • Children's Unit - Lynne House
  • Adult Continuing Care - Elton Unit
  • Cognitive Care Service - Robinson House

CQC Reports

The Elton Unit - Priory Highbank

Robinson House - Priory Highbank

Our dedicated interdisciplinary teams use their knowledge and expertise in order to work with the individual to address the consequences of their disability, maximise independence and increase the quality of their life.

Integrated Care Pathway (ICP)

Our holistic approach to treatment has led to the development of an innovative Integrated Care Pathway (ICP). This has been developed in line with the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Royal College of Physicians’ ‘Rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury’ guidelines (2003). The ICP has improved the quality of rehabilitation, by seamlessly coordinating the services that the individual receives, which in turn enables the individual to increase their involvement in their own goal setting.

(SMART®) assessment

The Priory Highbank Centre has become a specialist centre in the provision of the Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique (SMART®) assessment.

SMART uses an extensive range of assessments, which are built on evidence-based practice to assess and treat individuals diagnosed as in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. The outcomes ensure that all of the sensory modalities are assessed and enable our rehabilitation teams to devise individual sensory regulation programmes which will optimise the individual’s recovery.

The Priory Highbank Centre is a member of the INPA:

INPA - Independent Neurorehabilitation Providers Alliance

Full details on each unit can be found by clicking on the "More Info" tab (below).

Our Services

Our Specialists

The Priory boasts a diverse team of practitioners. Committed to providing the best treatment to each and every one of our patients, they pride themselves on placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey. This approach ensures that you are allocated to the best expert for your needs and benefit from a truly bespoke treatment programme.

For detailed biographies on individual experts, including their backgrounds, specialisms and qualifications: Please click here to view our specialists

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Why choose the Priory Highbank Centre?

The hospital offers a range of facilities, services and expertise encompassing:

  • High competency in the management of prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) including sensory and modality rehabilitation technique (SMART).
  • Highly skilled staff in the in the assessment and the management of tracheotomies and ventilators
  • Provision for the management of male patients with an organic illness alongside their mental health condition.

    Referrals to a consultant psychiatrist

      Neuro-rehabilitation adult services - admission criteria

      The services at the Priory Highbank Centre are suitable for individuals who meet the following criteria: 

      Individuals 16+ years of age

      Have had an acquired brain injury including traumatic brain injuries

      Other neurological conditions such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) , Huntington’s Disease, Spinal injuries.

      Once a service user has been assessed for the Priory Highbank Centre’s neurorehabilitation service they will be placed onto the appropriate Integrated Care Pathway (below).  They may move between the pathways whilst within the service depending upon clinical need.

       1.       Intensive Rehabilitation

      Patients who have significant cognitive deficits

      Patients with significant problems with self care including activities of daily living

      Patients with mobility problems and impaired functional skills 

      Some patients may also exhibit behaviours that challenge as a result of their acquired brain injury

      Rehabilitation involves intensive interdisciplinary treatment

      Treatment aims to improve the person's functioning and/or reduce their level of dependence on others so that they may move to a less dependent environment

       2.       Slow Stream Rehabilitation

      Rehabilitation of minimally conscious/low awareness patients

      Assessment of prolonged disorders of consciousness via SMART® Assessment

      Patients who require a high level of nursing and/or medical input

      Patients who require long-term treatment and/or may require treatment for the rest of their life in an inpatient facility

       3.       Complex Disability Management

      Tracheostomy patients, both un-cuffed and cuffed, weaning and de-cannulation

      Ventilated patients and complex chest and respiratory management

      PEG and PEJ fed patients/Dysphagic patients

      Patients who are medically stable but require high level specialist medical or nursing input and/or are maximally dependent

      Management of suprapubic catheters

      Individuals with complex postural management needs, including specialist treatment for contractures, including use of botulinum toxin, serial casting and thermoplastic splinting

       4.       Neuro-palliative patients

      Degenerative conditions such as: MS, MND, and Huntington’s Disease

      Provision of services to address the increased social and emotional difficulties experienced by the individual, including psychological therapy and family counselling service

      Focus upon maximising the individual’s quality of life

      End of life care

      All of the above care pathways can accommodate patients who are subject to the Mental Capacity Act, under a DoLs (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding order) and Court Ordered Safeguarding placements.

       5.       Out Patients Services

      We provide slow stream rehabilitation and multidisciplinary outpatient services, involving intensive multidisciplinary treatment programs 

      The Priory Highbank Centre's neurorehabilitation service does not accept

      Vocational rehabilitation

      Active substance misuse

      Mental Health Act Sectioned patients

      Patients on Forensic orders

      Patients with violent or aggressive behaviour that are a serious risk to themselves, other patients or staff and would require secure accommodation facilities

      Cognitive care service, Robinson House - admission criteria

      • Aged 18 plus
      • Male only
      • Organic disorders, diagnosis of early onset dementia with challenging behaviour and other complex care conditions such as:
      • Huntington’s disease
      • Korsakoff’s syndrome
      • Picks disease
      • Vascular dementia
      • Lewy body
      • Alzheimer’s
      • HIV related Alzheimer’s
      • And all other neuro degenerative conditions
      • Patients under Mental Health Act 1983 for assessment and treatment and require secure facilities

      Children's unit, Lynne House - admission criteria

      Young people from birth to 17 years of age.


      Referrals can be made by any health or social services professional. Funding may be provided by CSU and CCGs, Social Services, solicitors, the individual or any major private medical insurance company.

      For enquiries regarding referrals and admissions, for more information about our services or to arrange a visit to the unit, please contact: 01706 829 540 or email us:

    More Info

    Children's Unit - Lynne House

    Lynne House has provided skilled interdisciplinary support for children with acquired brain injuries and complex neurological impairment and their families since 1995.

    Lynne House is a well established nurse-led children's continuing care unit, providing skilled nursing care for young people from birth to 17 years of age with complex neurological conditions, for example acquired brain injury. The team are efficient at managing tracheostomy care and long-term mechanical ventilation.

    What we treat

    • Tracheostomy
    • Challenging behaviours
    • Postural management
    • Dysphagia management
    • Low awareness management including SMART® assessment
    • Spasticity management

    Treatment and care programmes

    The nursing team at Lynne House provides individualised nursing care plans in a residential setting, supported by the medical and therapy team. Six monthly review meetings are held to ensure appropriate care packages are maintained.

    Care includes:

    • Bladder and bowel management
    • Complex medication regimes
    • Enteral feeding
    • Epilepsy monitoring
    • Long-term mechanical ventilation
    • Management of spasticity
    • Managing tracheostomy care
    • Posture management
    • Skin integrity

    Family centred philosophy

    Family involvement is encouraged from admission. Family and friends are free to visit at any time; if families live far away children are helped to write to their loved ones. Home visits are also encouraged. The site offers short-term accommodation to families to aid visiting.


    Many of the children are integrated into local schools with programmes tailored to meet their individual needs. In addition our neuro-therapy team works closely with the schools to incorporate the national curriculum into activities on the unit.

    Social and recreational activities

    These activities play a very important role in the child's health and well being and include:

    • Trips to the cinema
    • Hair and beauty
    • Massage
    • Video nights
    • Trips to the shops
    • Days out e.g. Chester zoo, Blackpool
    • Arts and crafts
    • Cooking
    • Gardening
    • Music
    • Educational toys
    • Sensory stimulation

    Interdisciplinary team

    Our specialist children's team includes:

    • Consultant paediatric intensivist
    • Community paediatrician
    • Specialist Doctor
    • Paediatric nurses
    • 1:1 Rehabilitation assistants
    • Social worker
    • Speech and language therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Clinical neuro-psychologist
    • Social and recreational facilitators
    • Dietician


    Our general facilities include:

    • Five personalised continuing care beds
    • Adapted, well-equipped shower/bathroom
    • Activities lounge
    • Enclosed patio area

     Adult Continuing Care - Elton Unit

    The Elton Unit is a purpose-built, adult, continuing care facility situated five miles away from the Priory Highbank Centre. It provides specialist services for people who have complex neurological and behavioural needs.

     A specialist team is on hand to treat a wide range of complex neurological conditions including:

    • Tracheostomy
    • Challenging behaviours
    • Postural management
    • Dysphagia management
    • Low awareness management including SMART® assessment
    • Spasticity management

    Treatment and care programmes

    A rehabilitation model of care is adopted at the unit. The interdisciplinary team is responsible for setting goals and a nurse-led team then co-ordinates the care, which focuses on maintaining or improving the patient's quality of life.

    Family involvement

    Families are recognised as central to the well being of the patient and are encouraged to play a key role in care planning.

    Social and recreational activities

    The Elton Unit provides an informal environment in which social and recreational co-ordinators play an important role. Weekly programmes include:

    • Group activities
    • Community trips
    • Games
    • Art and crafts
    • Video sessions
    • Music therapy
    • Monthly theme night
    • Individual activities include:
    • Home visits
    • Individual outings/meals

    Interdisciplinary team

    The unit has a dedicated, caring and experienced team who work closely together to meet our patients' needs. The team includes:

    • Consultant in rehabilitation medicine
    • Specialist Doctor
    • Rehabilitation nurses
    • Rehabilitation assistants
    • Consultant Clinical neuropsychologist
    • Physiotherapists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Speech and language therapists
    • Assistant psychologists
    • Dietician
    • Family liaison officers
    • Generic therapy assistants
    • Social and recreational co-ordinator


    • 28 personalised bedrooms
    • Four fully adapted, well-equipped shower/bathrooms; one with sensory equipment
    • Social and recreational room
    • Two patient lounges
    • Quiet lounge/relatives visiting area
    • Large dining room
    • Peaceful grounds with patio and seating area
    • Mini-bus

    Cognitive Care Service - Robinson House

    The focus at Robinson House is to provide an age appropriate setting for adult males with severe and enduring mental illness, early onset dementia, psychosis as a result of brain injury and associated complex care needs. Often service users present challenging behaviours and some may be detained under the Mental Health Act.

    A specialist team is on hand to provide care and treatment for:

    • Alzheimers
    • Patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 for assessment and treatment who require secure facilities

    Admission criteria:

    • Aged 18 years and over
    • Severe and enduring mental illness
    • Early onset dementia with challenging behaviour whose needs cannot be met in a care home environment (adult male under 65)
    • Other complex care conditions such as:
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Korsakoff’s syndrome
    • Picks disease
    • Vascular dementia
    • Lewy body dementia
    • Alzheimer’s
    • HIV related Alzheimer’s
    • And all other neuro-degenerative conditions
    • Complex and multiple diagnosis
    • Acquired brain injury
    • We specialise in the treatment of patients who are treatment resistant or whose treatment has failed at previous placements
    • Patients may be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) 

    Accommodation and facilities

    Our general facilities include:

    • 10 single rooms on one floor
    • Adapted, well-equipped showers and bathrooms
    • Freshly prepared homemade meals offering personal choice
    • Social and recreational areas and activities
    • Spacious lounges – some with sensory input
    • Well maintained gardens
    • Controlled access systems
    • Therapy kitchen
    • Dedicated transport

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