News & Info March 2020 **COVID 19** As you can imagine we have had to adapt our service delivery like many others in these unprecedented times. We are following daily updates from Public Health England and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and are using personal productive equipment to keep us and our clients safe.We have protocols for our staff to follow and have risk assessments for our clients and staff in regards to potential scenarios that might arise.
We are currently only providing 1-1 physio sessions with clients that are deemed a priority to receive some input based on clinical need. We gain consent on the day and only go ahead with this subject to all parties being well.
We are happy to try and support anyone with a neurological condition who is seeking advice about their physical well being with a phone call or via an on line video link.
We hope you all stay as safe as you can and we will let you know when we feel we are able to resume a normal service again which we predict to be at least a couple of months.
Feb 2020 We have extended our clinic hours at Springbank Clinic to allow us to see more clients in our dedicated gym space. We now have slots every day except Monday. We are finding the use of photos and videos ( with their consent of course ) is very helpful for clients often more so then lots of text.This really helps then to see their alignment and postural problems that they are often unaware of.Jane is heading off to New Zealand for a few weeks to recharge the batteries and see what they do down under !
Jan 2020 A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL ! A change in staffing meant we no longer have admin support to help remind us write up these these updates but that has meant lots of hands on time with our clients as well as training our newest member of staff Paige Beatham. She joins us a physiotherapy assistant to replace Zoe who we are proud to say has taken a job as physiotherapist at the Stroke Unit in Maidstone Hospital.All of Zoe's clients were so sad to see her go and so were we as she was a very well respected staff member of our lovely team.
This month we have also started assessing clients with M.S ready to start an exercise class on a Monday this month in Langton Green Village Hall .This is a joint venture between the NHS, the voluntary sector/ The M.S society and our team.Referral is via Geraldine Brand the MS Nurse specialist or a healthcare professional.Get in touch if you are interested. We also run small exercise groups in Sevenoaks at Springbank Clinic on a Tuesday and Thursday if you are wanting to exercise with company.
We continue to provide invaluable support to all the residents at Gloucester House Nursing home starting an exercise class later in the month and encouraging residents to be more active helping to reduce their fall risk and providing relevant exercises advice and equipment as required.
September 2019 Having completed a course in the PD Warrior approach for Parkinson's, involving on-line education and a practical workshop, Elissa has started a small group based around this innovative approach.
The approach involves an initial assessment, followed by participation in a ten week programme, aimed at integrating positive exercise habits into daily life. The programme aims to reduce some of the negative effects of the condition, build resilience in the central nervous system against further damage and possibly lead to improvements in function previously lost. It centres around ten core exercises but can be modified to provide an individual programme. It is particularly targeted at those with early, recently diagnosed Parkinsosn's. Anyone interested can contact us via email@example.com to find out more.
August 2019 It's been a funny Summer with both sunshine and rain, but none of this gets in our way and the team have been working with Mark at The Springbank Clinic to get new signage and improved access for the Hub. We will be running group sessions there again on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Spaces are limited so please get in touch with Elissa or Jane to find out if you can join one.
July 2019 Ben Nevis - this month saw an epic journey. Jane has been working closely with Anya, a client and close friend to help Anya achieve a long held ambition. You can read more of Anyas story here but I can say that we are immensely proud of all they have achieved.
April 2019 You may have recently seen a video produced by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) called Rehab Matters. It highlights the difference in rehabilitation for those that receive specialist help after a stroke. Click here to view more videos showing the benefit of Neuro physiotherapy.
March 2019 Elissa & Jane have been busy treating clients, growing the team and as if that wasn't enough, their long term dream of creating a wider reaching Neuro Hub are coming to fruition. With the help and support of many people, such as Lisa Beaumont and The Springbank Clinic, there will soon be greater signposting to resources available to those managing rehabilitation. Currently, group exercises are taking place on a weekly basis. However, places are limited so please get in touch now if you would like to find out more.
February 2019 The team love a new challenge and this year, in support of the Stroke Association, we are pledging to take part in the Resolution Run in March 2019. There are several distances to take part in, 5Km, 10km & 15km. Which one do you think we should do? One amazing woman we know has stepped up to challenges time and time again and our close friend and inspiration is Lisa Beaumont. She is a finalist in the Kent Women in Business awards in the Contribution to the Community category, and we wish her every success. As an ambassador for West Kent Different Strokes, she is a strong and positive voice in the community. To find out more about West Kent area different Strokes group, contact Lisa here. January 2019 We hope that you had a lovely break and are getting back into the routine and structure that the New Year brings. There has been a great response the the video we posted last year, Rehab Matters. It's vital to the rehabilitation journey to get support to become active. We have been building up to some small, friendly exercise groups in The Hub, that are proving very enjoyable and successful. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.
November 2018 So many exciting changes are going on at the moment. We have strong ties with some fantastic people who are very proactive voices in the community. We are very proud to be able to expand our team and will introduce our newest team member very soon. We have also been lucky enough to have a guest blogger, Anya Jones, who has taken time out to write a little bit about her personal experiences of Neuro Rehabilitation. Please check out her blog post here. We'd love to hear your feedback so please do get in touch. Facebook, Twitter @neurorehabkent
October 2018 Earlier this year the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy launched a campaign Rehab Matters to highlight the importance of community rehabilitation. Part of the campaign was aimed at improving access to rehabilitation services across the UK, recognising that too often people leave hospital unable to access on-going high-quality services to facilitate their continued recovery. The campaign included a short film called Rehab Matters (which can be viewed here) and follows the journey of two individuals after they leave hospital and contrasts their experiences and the consequence for them.
Here at NRK we were particularly interested in this campaign as all to often we come across individuals whose progress has stalled due to a lack of on-going skilled input. The CSP was asking the public to support their campaign by watching the film and sharing and engaging with them using #RehabMatters The film can be viewed at here.
We recognise that the bridge between hospital and home is a very important one to cross which is why we are always willing to engage with our colleagues in the NHS to assist in any way we can. Following their own experience, the relative of a recent client has developed an app which aims to enable access to relevant local services and an easy to use communication platform between client and therapist. As a team we are keen to try it out and explore how it can enhance the rehabilitation process. The app is available via the app store by following the link at www.strokeactive.com September2018 Following a very busy Summer, the team are currently focusing on the way forwards in terms of expanding the range of services we provide. We are exploring various options including small group sessions and further improving the way we support self management in people with long term conditions. Elissa has been liaising with a team who have developed an new app for people post stroke. Stroke Active aims to provide a platform linking individuals to therapy services and other resources in their locality as well as providing an easy to use communication tool between them and their therapist to support their rehabilitation. The app was launched last week and can be viewed herewww.strokeactive.com July2018 Jane & Elissa will be attending a course locally “Use of Yoga in Neuro physio therapy”. Jane has practised yoga for several years and already implements many yoga techniques into her therapy sessions. The Springbank clinic offers small group classes. Please follow this link to find out more about yoga at Springbank.
June2018 Elissa has signed up for some a specialist training that we anticipate will be beneficial to many of our patients. PD Warrior is designed to aid those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to their website "Learning outcomes include how to move well, believe in yourself and live better with Parkinson’s.”We look forward to being able to implement this later this year. Springbank Clinic continues to offer us a great space for 1-1treatments, classes or drop by with any queries in relation to your neurological problems and we will see if we can help.
May2018 We have been trialling a fabulous new invention by Lise Pape called Walk With Path. She has designed new intelligent shoes and insoles to help people with freezing and mobility problems. It was started to aid her father who has Parkinson’s. The device fits onto any shoe and aids the walker by providing a visual cue to step onto. We are lucky enough to have a set for trial so please get in touch if you’d like to find out more and see how it can work for you. See here for more information about the product. April2018 We have started to introduce some new exercise classes with small numbers attending aimed at helping with maintenance and strengthen programmes for those with specific neurological conditions. The Neuro hub at The Springbank Clinic provides a great gym space to do these exercises. If you are keen to find out more about how these classes could benefit you or friends or family, then please get in touch. Here is a link to the CSP website article highlighting the benefits of exercise after a stroke. Jane has been continuing to lecture at local venues educating all age groups about how we can stay healthy and independent. The most recent event at Foxbridge House was about preventing falls where we received very good feedback from a very participative audience. There are more talks planned soon so if you are interested in coming to or hosting an event please get in touch We have continued to develop our close links with a very determined and ambitious young stroke survivor from Tunbridge Wells Lisa Beaumont. She has set up a new group for Different Strokes in West Kent.
March 2018 This month we focused our attention on delivering a one day workshop to twenty-five healthcare professionals from all over the country. The event took place on the 14th March at Somerset House London and was entitled Falls Prevention-focus in Neurological Conditions We were very kindly supported by Neil Bidemann from the Community Therapists Network and Lise Pape from Walk with Path, so our thanks go to them.
The day included us presenting both evidence based information as well as drawing on our own experience over the years on the topic of falls. The audience were very interactive and the discussion of case studies lively, helping to pull everyone's ideas together. We hope to continue this sharing of ideas in the future by setting up a Facebook group to allow ongoing communication between the attendees.
There are lots of plans for the coming months including supporting Lisa Beaumont with the setting up of a new group for younger stroke survivors through "Different Strokes" in West Kent, helping to organise a trip with a client to climb Ben Nevis, setting up small exercise classes for our clients, and developing more rehabilitation packages with All About Home Care. Zoe and Elissa both attended a study day about an approach to exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease which has given us some ideas.
February 2018 Walk with Path are an innovative new business we have just started working with. They have developed a walking device originally designed to help those with Parkinsonism. The Path Finder, goes over the top of your shoe using clever rubber soles. There are lasers on the front of the shoe that act as a visual cue to facilitate taking a step. We are are currently trialling the device with some of our patients with a variety of conditions. Here is a link to the website where there are videos demonstrating the Path Finder.
January 2018 Elissa & Jane were invited by Wealden Heights Care home in Sevenoaks to participate in a shared event. On 5th January they presented a talk on Falls Prevention to a mixed group of local residents. Everyone who came along said that they found the presentation both enjoyable and valuable. You can download the presentation side show here.
December 2017 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.
November 2017 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.
October 2017 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.
September 2017 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.
May 2017 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.
April 2017 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.
March 2017 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.
February 2017 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 thislink.
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.
January 2017 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.
December 2016 Wishing everyone a happy & healthy Christmas and New Year. November 2016 Getting Care Right! We attended a special event on the 17th November at The Royal Spa BNI (Business Networking International) in Tunbridge Wells. The meeting started very early at 6.30am but fortunately breakfast was available! It was aimed specifically at bringing together a large number of local care professionals of which there were in excess of 50 guests as well as the existing 30 BNI members.
We each has the opportunity to provide a short presentation about our businesses allowing us to share our expertise and find out about other care services that are available locally. It was such a useful event because signposting onto other services, to get the best for our clients, is really important. We now have many more local connections and services that we can tap into. You can view a short film about the event here. Can you spot Jane?
Transfer and Seating assessment Later this month one of our clients is attending this transfer and seating assessment at QEF. This will allow him to be able to be taken out in his own car for the first time since his stroke 2 years ago.
October 2016 We recently celebrated Older Peoples day with an event at Gloucester House. Jane put on an exciting and interactive talk to a wide range of people who came along to find out how to prevent falls. Jane also gave advice on general fitness and the importance of balance and motivation. There was a great turn out with representatives from Sevenoaks Age UK, All About Home Care, a local care agency, Senior services, Neurological Alliance, and of course the lovely residents and staff. We also had visits from people in the local community, and Sevenoaks District Council. Everyone really enjoyed the event and took away some valuable lessons and you can see from the photos above that Jane really enjoyed helping the community. Older People’s Day 2016 “The role of physiotherapists in helping older people stay healthy and independent”
Neuro Rehabilitation Kent will be joining in this annual event by providing a lively and interactive free talk by Sevenoaks based physiotherapist Jane Cast. It will include Practical advice and tips on improving your balance
How to prevent falls
How to stay motivated.
Refreshments and cake will be provided WHEN: Monday October 3rd WHERE: Gloucester House Nursing Home Lansdowne Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3XU TIME 3-4pm Please confirm your attendance: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: Gloucester House Reception 01732 741488
September 2016 We hope that you've had a relaxing summer and are now looking to make those improvements we all promise ourselves in September. We certainly have been making the most of our time by travelling to Norway, Croatia, France and Santorini. (not all together though!). We are feeling invigorated and ready for some new challenges. The first one is on the 1st October, Older Peoples Day. We will be promoting independence and quality of life for older people For more information, click here. to join Jane for an exciting and interactive event at Gloucester House, please click here.
We all know that prevention is better than cure and now there is a report from NICE that illustrates how Stroke could be prevented in some patients. To read more click here. If you or someone you know have suffered a stroke, please do get in touch to arrange an assessment with one of our Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists.
August 2016 One of the charities that we often work with is Headway. They are a great organisation that help in so many ways. They are holding a drop in at the Harvester in Riverhead (TN13 2EN) on Wednesday 31st August 10.30-12.30. Please feel free to drop in and find out more about how about information and advice available to those living with acquired brain injury.
July 2016 We are excited to be taking part in Older Peoples Day.The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year. On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. To celebrate this day with some of our clients we will be getting involved with what the CSP have on offer, so keep watching to find out more.
June 2016 We recently attended the annual Neurological Expo. It's always good to see where technology is taking us and how this can be useful for our clients. For more accessible gait analysis rather than going to a lab I tried a treadmill from Italy that captures your walking pattern on camera , displays this on vertical screen in front of you and give you an analysis at the end all very clever. Also discovered the Stroke association are now providing "My Stroke Guide" which helps to provide stroke survivors and carers with the knowledge .skills and confidence to change from passive to active participation. Have a look at it http://mystrokeguide.com/
On our doorstep I meet a very specialised team of wheelchair technicians from RMS based in Sittingbourne T:01795 477280 who can really help with any specialised adaptations or seating issue with wheelchairs.
We were also introduced to a relatively new orthotic for drop foot for maximising function and comfort with Turbo Med orthotics which may be worth considering if you are not aware of this product yet. Jane
May 2016 Look out for our forthcoming newsletter to learn more about some of the exciting new equipment we are looking forward to trying out at the forthcoming Neurorehabiliation expo. April 2016 Elissa has close links with clients that suffer with Transverse Myelitis and has just had an article published in "The Magazine" published by the Transverse Myelitis Society.
"TM is a rare neurological condition involving inflammation of the central nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. It can be idiopathic or can arise as part of the overall picture in a variety of other conditions. The presence of an inflammatory process means that the acute symptoms can arise gradually over several hours and continue for several weeks. Dependent on the level of the spinal cord affected, symptoms can include pain, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, paralysis and loss of bladder and bowel control. Some patients may experience..." Click here and scroll to pages 18-20 to read the rest of the article.
March 2016 In our bid to continually "maximise individual potential to promote functional independence and improved quality of life", we realised the importance of trying to gain continuity throughout the clients daily routine. Understanding the role of the care team, which is often involved in the client group we work with, we sought to work more closely with organisations that deliver care packages.
Earlier this year we formed closer links with All About Home Care who provide care packages for people in the Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area. We have spent some time doing some initial training with the care staff to allow them to have a greater understanding of a therapeutic approach to functional tasks. We have explained and practiced how these techniques can be implemented into their daily routine to help work towards more independent living. We can now offer joint therapy and care packages for clients with neurological conditions. Please click here to find out more.
February 2016 This month Christine, our Occupational Therapist, has been supporting Jane with clients in a nursing home looking at hoisting and seating needs. This involves looking at the best options for moving people, ensuring the both clients and carers needs are met and looking at what equipment and seating are available to maximise comfort and safety. Christine has also been involved in looking at ways to increase engagement in activities for individuals with significant difficulties. This includes thinking of the whole sensory picture, using different smells and textures, music and photos etc to provide a stimulating environment and increase overall cognitive engagement. Another exciting project Christine is involved with is looking at vocational rehabilitation which aims to get individuals back to work whilst managing their neurological difficulties. Updates to follow!
January 2016 Happy New Year from all at Neuro Rehabilitation Kent. We have all been very busy and looking back over our year can see what great progress has been made for so many of the clients that have been referred to us. It is so rewarding to be able to see that all the small steps we all take lead to significant improvements and greater independence with a more positive attitude to managing their condition. Elissa and Jane attended a course on Vestibular rehabilitation enhancing their knowledge further about treating and understanding the causes of balance issues. For further information please follow this link. How Neurophysiotherapy can help with balance issues December 2015 What a wonderful year we've had so far. One of our most recent events has been to start trialing a fantastic piece of equipment useful for many conditions. The MOTOmed is a machine that can be powered by either arms, legs or both sets of limbs. The clients that have tried it so far have had big smiles on their faces and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All clients are able to access a two week free trial at home to see if it suits them. Follow the link to see more of the MOTOmed bike that we have been using at Gloucester House.
We have also been doing some collaborative work on providing joint therapy and care packages to maximise clients independence and improve overall outcomes.
We'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year 2016.
October 2015 We have been working with a local business, a residential Care home called Gloucester House to provide evaluations and new physiotherapy programmes for all the current residents. We are excited to be involved with all the great staff and residents to increase their health and mobility particularly to become less reliant upon hoists. We have also teamed up with Vickey Petrie, a Speech and language therapist to offer an improved all round package to existing and new clients. Elissa recently gave a presentation at a conference on Pain.
September 2015 Do you like a challenge? I have always enjoyed challenges. For me the sense of achievement and a goal to work towards are both very appealing. Many of my challenges have involved physical activity and several have been achieved as a joint venture with my clients. The latter have ranged from walking 100 m round a park to trekking to the base camp of Everest. They have all been very special moments. I have just cycled 1050 miles Lands End to John O Groats via Wales the Lake District and The Scottish Island which was amazing with spectacular scenery wildlife and architecture. Contact me if you want to challenge yourself and we can definitely find the ideal one for you. Jane. Photos. August 2015 As promised, here is a link to a video of us in action at The Springbank Clinic. We have regular appointments available so please call to arrange a visit and see how we could help turn your life around. We are also able to visit you in your own home or gym as well as the clinic setting.
July 2015 Coming soon!... We were recently invited to take part in a new video filmed by the Springbank Clinic. Both Elissa and Jane were involved in the film that showcases the practitioners available at the clinic. Don't forget, you can arrange to have your treatments with us in the clinic.
We have all been very busy during the last month. We have been building ties with some former collegues to form a Multi Disciplinary Team. We are very happy to be working with Dr Chong a Consultant Neurologist at The National Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square London and Darent Valley Hospital in Kent. Apart from his practise in general neurology, he has a specialist interest in managing patients with Headaches and Chronic Pain especially Neuropathic and Facial Pain. We have been able to refer a number of clients for specialist treatment.
We have also been working with Vickey Petrie a Speech and Language Therapist of www.softlyspoken.co.uk. She is a Highly Specialised Therapist with a great deal of experience. She specialises in the rehabilitation of individuals as they transition from hospital to their homes. Vickey provides a personal and bespoke service. Central to this is a core belief that clinical effectiveness stems from meaningful and tailored rehabilitation packages, not just for individuals but also their families and broader support networks.
June 2015 The Summer is here and we have had the opportunity to attend some fantastic lectures at this years Neurological Rehabilitaion Expoat the Excel centre in London. We were able to gain lots of information about new technologies and treatments that are available to treat a host of neurological conditions. Click here to have a look at our blog post for a more detailed account of what got up to. We have also attended the 2015 Bridges Symposium, with lectures about empowering patients and using common sense to help self-manage your care once you are back in your home after suffering a Stroke.
Elissa gave a presentation on "Physiotherapy in the Management of Transverse Myelitis" (Click to view presentation) to the southeastern branch of the TM Society last Saturday. The focus was how physiotherapy has a role to play at all stages of the condition as part of an overall management plan. A key message that came out from the questions and discussion afterwards was that people who have had TM need long term management to maximise their on-going potential and quality of life. Regular review with a neurophysiotherapist is a key part of that management.
May 2015 What a busy month we have had. We have been thrilled to be able to take on more new clients, thanks to our increased capacity now that Zoe is on the team. We also have the option of treating clients at the Springbank clinic in Sevenoaks. This is a great clinic with easy access so please do make an appointment to come along for an assessement. Aside from her usual busy schedule, Jane was also able to take part in her first Half Iron Man, well done Jane.
April 2015 We have been looking into some research relating to stroke prevention and want to share valuable linkwww.stroke.org.uk/about/preventing-stroke. There is a lot of excellent advice here. There is also some great advice on the headway website and a link to their fundraiser detailed below. www.headway.org.uk/action-for-brain-injury-week.aspx. Action for Brain Injury Week #ABIWeek ABI Week: 18th - 24th May 2015 Hats for Headway Day: 22nd May 2015 We'll announce the theme of our 2015 campaign here in due course, so keep checking back for more details. Hats for Headway Day Friday 22nd May 2015 Hats for Headway Day is a simple, fun, and easy way to raise money for Headway. All we ask you to do is wear a hat (as novel and wacky as possible!) for the day in return for a donation. Simple! Anyone can take part, whether you're having a coffee morning with friends, if you work in an office, or even work in a city centre shop. It's easy to organise and lots of fun to participate in. Check out the main Hats for Headway Day page for more details.