I am delighted to say that last year (2016) we held another very successful programme of events, starting with the research forum in February followed in May by an informative and meaningful day on the management of the later-stage person living with a neurological condition. In September we held a joint day with ACPIVR on dizziness in neurological patients. A collaborative venture was something that we hadn’t done for a while and we hope that both memberships enjoyed this. We ended the year with our traditional wine and nibbles evening with a lecture on task specific dystonia. Attendance at all events continues to be excellent with no lack of enthusiasm from both those within the London region and those visiting from elsewhere. We certainly welcome all.
A couple of developments that we introduced last year relate to how we manage our events. In response to comments from the membership, we have moved to sending out pre-course material via Eventbrite in advance. We are aware that many people like to keep electronic versions of work and find this easier than bits of paper that later get lost. By taking this approach, we also hope to be doing our small bit for sustainability. The second development we made was to use an online survey to gather feedback. It is really important to both us and our speakers that we get feedback, so we urge all those who attend our events to please to fill in the questionnaire when you get the link. This will never take you long but is invaluable to us.
Before finishing this update, it is important to say a very big thank you to all those on the London committee. We said farewell this year to James Somerset and Clare McCarroll who moved to Liverpool, and to Maddie Formoy who left us as a new addition joined her life. In their place, we welcomed Kate Holt and Amanda Strawson to join us. We also had a change to our regional reps with the post now being shared between Sarah Sparkes and Laura Douglas. Again, we would like to extend a very big thank you to Andrea Shipley who managed this role magnificently for the last few years. So that they don’t feel left out, our other committee members are: Chris Manning, Liz Livingstone, Lesley Mill, Glenn Nielsen, Helle Sampson and Andrea Stennett. None of the work over the year would be possible without their hard work.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.
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