Wessex ACPIN has enjoyed a busy period since the last regional update and we would like to thank our members for their continued support and engagement locally. We are delighted to be seeing new faces at our events and would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to all those that have joined us this year!
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Alice Wilson who has recently stepped down as our Chair. Alice has been instrumental over the last few years in driving our region forward, working hard to ensure we continue to offer our members exciting and high quality events. Thank you Alice for your dedication, and good luck with being a mum! We are fortunate in that Alice has been replaced by the equally enthusiastic and industrious Carl Adams (Trainee consultant practitioner in neurorehabilitation). There have also been some other changes within the committee. Sarah Paterson has joined Sarah Al-Daftary as Secretary, and we have also been joined by Laura Tucker as Vice-Chair. Steve Williams has taken over the role of Regional Representative, and we are very grateful to Alahna Cullen, who continues to serve as Treasurer. Please note, we have a small but active committee and are always on the lookout for new members. Committee membership is a great opportunity to gain new skills and meet people from throughout the region. If you are interested please email us and maybe come to a committee meeting to see what we do!
To date this year, our members have enjoyed a mix of practical workshops and seminars ranging from a session exploring ‘Kinesiology taping in neurology’, kindly delivered by Rocktape in Bournemouth, to a re-run of our very successful neuro-hydrotherapy course with Jacqueline Pattman in Salisbury. Louise Johnson presented a fascinating seminar on ‘Implicit learning post stroke’, which initiated some great debate and sharing of practise amongst attendees. We have also run a practical splinting evening course, which enabled members to get hands on and practice some different splinting techniques, and have teamed up with the regional spasticity service in Southampton to provide a local update on spasticity management.
Looking forward, we are planning an exciting programme of events for 2017. We will be hosting a gait study workshop in Winchester early in the new year, and have also planned an evening lecture exploring facial rehabilitation. Please keep an eye out for further details coming soon! As you can see, we have been successful in varying the geographical location of our events this year and we are also continuing to trial the use of Webex to help ensure access across our region. Should you feel your particular area is being left out, however, please do get in touch!
Finally, for those of you who don’t know you can now find us on Twitter. We have an active following of 117 members (at time of writing) and all events and committee activity can be found on our twitter feed @wessexacpin. Please look out for #fridayresearch where we endeavour to highlight a piece of relevant research every week!
That’s all for now – please do not hesitate to contact any of your committee with any queries or suggestions, and we look forward to seeing you at future events!
If you would like funding to attend a course please click on the links below to download our funding policy document and the funding application form