We currently have 116 members in Wales. Our AGM in the summer was well attended, paired up with an opportunity to hear members who had attended conference giving feedback about what they had enjoyed and gained and about ‘spreading the word’; a very positive affair by all accounts. We welcome our new Chair Adele Griffiths, new Treasurer Kate Roch, new Committee Member Jade Goodall and myself as Regional Representative. We also give thanks to Jakko Brouwers for his hard work as he stepped down from being Chair.
Members have enjoyed some good educational activities in the past year set up and coordinated by ACPIN Wales committee. Professor Jon Marsden’s day ‘Optimising motor learning and recovery’ moved to June but was very well attended and received. It included a patient presenting their side of the story, which definitely added to the study day for all, demonstrating many aspects of the principles discussed.
The committee has continued to make use of the Webex to pull together people/meetings across the wider geographical area of Wales, despite occasional technical hitches (and ‘video conference-phobes’ like myself!) In the past we have used Webex to explore clinical areas and questions such as FES and appreciate the value of this for Wales, so aim to use it in this way again.
We had a fully subscribed study-day in December, ‘Parkinsons: application of evidence into practice’ by Fiona Lindop and Bhanu Ramaswamy. And a presentation on ‘Kinesiotaping for neurological patients’ from Rocktape in association with Swansea University at a very reasonable cost to members.
For future events we are exploring ideas canvassed from members at the AGM around networking or discussion forums of local service provision and funding, or equity for community neurological patients across the area. We have many exciting ideas for educational events including: pain management, examples of good practice, a course aimed at assistants and associate members, and an evening Christmas lecture around the psychology involved in rehabilitation. We are also exploring ideas of how to canvass more members as to what they want from Wales ACPIN.