With Christmas upon us, we took a well deserved break and celebrated all the teams hard work with a Christmas meal. We didn't just socialise though, we also used the opportunity to make plans for the coming year, including updating the website and improving our systems and behind the scene processes.
We had a team photo shoot at The Springbank Clinic to show off our new space. There is a dedicated gym area where Jane, Elissa & Zoe can treat patients. The Space is well equipped with a double plinth, standing frame, rail, steps and other small equipment as well as having ramped access from a tarmacked car park. There is also an accessible toilet. We are extremely pleased to be able to use this space 3 days of the week and are hoping it will allow us to develop our service provision.
Jane has been interviewed on BBC Radio Kent where the discussion was around the importance of continued physiotherapy in the community after hospital treatment. You can hear Jane at 2hr's 10mins into the programme. The value of functional independence is of utmost importance. CSP have produced a power video showing the dramatic benefit of receiving physiotherapy. Rehab Matters Video.
Springbank, our clinic base in the centre of Sevenoaks has recently added a studio to its main building which will provide a fantastic opportunity for those in need of treatment in a superb gym with fully disabled access and toilet facilities.
Jane who is currently the public relations officer for Kent ACPIN (Association of Physiotherapist in Neurology ) helped to run a Neuro Networking and Education event in Aylesford with over 60 attendees across Kent from the private, NHS and voluntary. This was one of the feedback comments:
“This was a well organised, accessible event which provided a welcome break to stop, learn and reflect on our practice in the midst of a busy working week!”
Jane and Elissa plan to do a workshop on Falls Prevention –focus on Neurological Conditions for the Community Therapist Network on the 7th November.
We visited the largest Specialist Facial clinic in the UK which is on our doorstep at queen Victoria Hospital to support the ongoing treatment of one of our clients.
Elissa has been nominated to receive an award at “The life after stroke awards”. See more here in our blog.
Zoe has started teaching weekly strength and balance classes in Sevenoaks in partnership with Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers Platinum Programme . These classes are proving to very popular and the feedback has been extremely positive. We feel falls prevention work is an essential part of our practise in allowing clients to remain as independent and functionally able as possible
The team are always looking for opportunities to work in partnership with other health care providers to enhance the network of providers we work alongside in providing the best person centred care we can. Jane and Elissa have teamed up with All About Home Care (recently rated Outstanding by CQC) and Burswood to help develop a pathway to avoid hospital admission. They presented this at Burswood at a recent open day.
Throughout the Summer months
Elissa, Jane and Zoe have continued to support the residents at Gloucester House Care Home many of which have neurological disabilities with manging their physical wellbeing. They have helped the home to be awarded The Eden Alternative which is an innovative approach to the provision of care and support for the elderly. The team all had full clinical caseloads, so the focus was on delivering excellent person centred care whilst also taking some well-deserved breaks to enjoy time with their families.
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May! The day we had been training for had arrived. In traditional style, the rain was pouring! The team had made every effort to be prepared for the Tonbridge Triathlon, including swimming, cycling, running and getting changed quickly (Transition) and off we set. Jane has been participating in the sport for some time but Elissa, Zoe and Clare were all complete novices. To find out more, read our blog.
May also sees us preparing for our Workout@Work! 2017 event that runs between 1st May and 31st July. We are brainstorming some fun ideas for the people we come into contact with on a daily basis so watch this space for more information.
May is also Stroke Awareness Month. Make May Purple is the campaign to raise awareness by the Stroke Association. There are plenty of ways to get involved and raise funds for this brilliant organisation. Have a look here to see what people did last year. We regularly treat Stroke survivors and it's amazing to see what improvements can be made with the right neurological physiotherapy input. please get in touch if you want to find out more about how we can help. #MakeMayPurple.
Alongside our triathlon training, this month we are preparing to get involved with an upcoming CSP initiative called "Work Out At Work. This is a campaign designed to encourage a healthy attitude in the workplace and "promote physical and mental wellbeing at work...this year our main focus is influencing local health care decision makers - encouraging them to choose physiotherapy in the future." We'd love to hear your feedback regarding what kind of events you'd like to see or be involved in.
We are very proud to announce our involvement with the award winning local Greensleeves Residential Care Home, Gloucester House. Jane and Elissa have been joint working with Greensleeves for some time and devised a scheme to get the residents active with a target to complete a virtual Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride. This was accomplished by the residents using a variety of equipment such as the Motor Med bike and clocking up the miles by walking with the aid of the wonderful staff.
As a result Gloucester House was awarded an Innovation Award by Greensleeves Care. The idea is that the scheme can be rolled out in any care home across the country by activities coordinators.. We are proud to have left a legacy and a framework for exercise that gives everyone involved a structure and a target to work towards. Please get in tough if you would like to find out more.
As you may have read below, the Neuro Rehabilitaion Kent team have signed up to take part in a triathlon in Hildenborough on May 1st. With this in mind we have each been doing a spot of training, individually and occasionally together. It's great to mix up the ways in which one exercises to prevent boredom setting in and to actually look forward to building exercises into your routine.
Jane was also in attendance at this years ACPIN Conference. and particularly enjoyed the Keynote speakers, Colonel John Etherington OBE and Suzanne Rastrick.
Self Management is vital when it comes to dealing with the conditions we are presented with. There are so many benefits for taking control where we can; mentally, physically and emotionally.
"There have been recent studies that show...people who spend most of the day sitting down age significantly quicker than those who are more active". For more information, please click this link.
In a recent article Andrew Marr, BBC presenter, who had a stroke in 2013 aged 53, talks about how important on-going physiotherapy has been to his continued recovery. He makes the point that recovery from a stroke can continue for a long time following discharge from hospital and that access to physiotherapy is an essential part of maximising this process. Click here to read the article in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists monthly publication.
Happy New Year! We are all excited about what 2017 will bring for our team and our clients. The New year is a great time to make plans and commit to things that we hope will improve our lives. With this in mind we have recently upgraded some of our back office systems. This means that Jane & Elissa can spend more of their time doing what they love best; working with clients old and new to improve functional independence and help to provide an improved quality of life.
The team have also decided to compete in this years 26th Tonbridge Triathlon in Hildenborough on 1st May Bank holiday. A challenge for all involved.