This will be my last London ACPIN report as my time is up and I will be making way for a new London Regional Representative who will be voted in from the committee before 2017. We have also had a change in Chair with Sally Davenport stepping into the role covered excellently by Helle Sampson over the last few years. We are always keen to have new members on the committee so if you are interested please get in touch via details on the ACPIN website, Syn’apse or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We still have a large and growing membership at London ACPIN of 666 and try to provide a varied and stimulating yearly programme of events and act on the feedback we receive from our members.
In February we had a study morning on neurophysiotherapy research which included six speakers talking about their recent pieces of research. It was a very varied programme including the CANBEX trial in MS from Claire Valentine and Michelle Liddicut from UCLH. Rhiannon Stoke revealed the physiotherapists’ perspective of those with neurological conditions engagement in physical activity. Clare McCarroll explored the perspectives of referrers and providers on physiotherapists who treat people with dementia in nursing homes. Debbie Hill told us about the user’s perspective of exoskeleton technology and Alyson Warland talked about the ReWiiRe for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke. Ben Beare treated us to an insight into current practise of assessing and diagnosing post stroke shoulder pain. All talks were insightful and well received.
In May we had our full study day on late stage management of complex neurological conditions. We had a selection of five speakers covering this topic with Maggie Bisset starting the day off by giving a very moving account of complex case management in neuro-palliative care. David Flood tackled the difficult subject of the Mental Capacity Act and supporting decision-making; he was followed by Ann Kent talking about advanced-care planning. Dr Jenny Freedman told us about the potential use of standing frames in MS to enhance physical activity and quality of life. Finally Rachael Moses guided us through respiratory management in neuromuscular disease. We received impressive feedback from this event for all the varied aspects covered.
We joint hosted a great event with ACPIVR in September ‘Dizziness in neurological patients’. This again had a number of speakers presenting various aspects of vestibular rehabilitation. Professor Jon Marsden introduced the anatomy and physiology followed by Dr Diego Kaski looking at vestibular assessment. Amanda Male took us through the possible vestibular treatment approaches and the day was finished off with some very interesting case studies on the topic.
Our final event of the year was our wine and nibbles evening on 17th November – ‘Dystonia and musicians!’
Hope to see you enjoying next year’s events soon which the committee have been busy preparing for.
Facial palsey management by the multidisciplinary team by Catriona Neville and Vanessa Venables (Extended scope practitioner therapists in facial palsey at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead)
Principles of exercise prescription in neurology by Liz Dewar (Clinical specialist physiotherapist in neuromuscular diseases) given on 11 February 2013