After re-forming the Merseyside ACPIN committee in April 2016 following a period of inactivity, we have had a successful and busy year of events. The committee meet monthly at the Walton Centre in Liverpool as all committee members are currently based there. We are looking to expand the committee, in particular with members from other trusts.
The first evening lecture was held at The Walton Centre in October, with speaker Dr Ganesh Bavikatte, a rehabilitation consultant from the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation network. He spoke about spasticity management in the neurologically impaired patient, with an emphasis on Stroke. Research physiotherapist Susan Whittam also presented briefly about her current trial with MS patients. The lecture and networking evening had excellent attendance, thought-provoking discussion and the feedback received was very positive.
Following this in November we invited Carole Griffiths, a local neurological physiotherapist in community services, and Rebecca Connolly, a qualified yoga instructor, to present an evening workshop on yoga to support people with a neurological condition. Carole gave an insight into her experience in establishing a local yoga project and how this has gone on to to be a successful weekly group. Rebecca gave participants a short practical workshop on how yoga poses can be adapted to be chair based, to help with flexibility, strength and balance.
Rachel Moses, consultant physiotherapist in complex ventilation and airway clearance gave an incredibly well delivered speech at the end of January on managing respiratory symptoms in advanced multiple sclerosis. Rachel was very generous with her time, encouraging discussions and trials of equipment after her talk.
We hope to provide a full programme of events over the course of 2017, which will include both evening lectures and study days/workshops. On 27th March Angie Henry, an advanced practitioner OT, gave a talk on management of upper limb activity, which proved to be very popular and in April we hosted our AGM and a further talk by neuropsychiatrist Dr Kevin Foy on functional behaviours.
We thank members for their attendance, feedback and suggestions. We continue to reach out within the region and welcome members to become part of the committee, and to offer suggestions and venues for training events..