Once again Yorkshire ACPIN has had a busy year. In April we had another sharing good practice evening. We are lucky to have clinicians with a wealth of experience who are willing to share their knowledge with others. The event acts as a platform to share experiences and knowledge and network with others. In May 2016 we welcomed Helen Linfield to lead a gait master class. This type of practical course is always popular with our members and we have booked Helen for a ‘Head, neck and thorax’ course in May 2017. James Earls presented a two-day course on ‘Anatomy trains’ in June. James co-wrote with Thomas Myers Fascial release for structural balance and we were pleased when he accepted our invitation. The two-day course was a mixture of theory and practice and was very well received. In July we visited the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre, situated in the West Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre in Leeds. The centre has been providing this therapy since 1985 and as a number of members have patients who have used this facility we thought it would be an idea to find out what the therapy entails. In October and November we ran two one-day ‘Pilates for neurophysiotherapy’ courses led by Jess Adams. When we started to advertise this course it proved so popular that we added an extra date. Also, in October Rachel Rutley gave us an update on ‘PD Warrior’, which involved us taking part in a mini-class.
We are also thinking about 2017. Apart from Helen Linfield, we have Jo Gibson presenting a study-day entitled ‘Shoulder pain in the neurological patient: steps to success’ on 14th January. Jo is clinical physiotherapy specialist at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit and lectures both nationally and internationally. Our AGM will be on 8th February; we have decided this year to arrange it as an evening event. We are also planning a neurological study-day on 8th April. Speakers for both these events have yet to be finalised but as soon as the plans have been finalised we will endeavour to email the information out to our members. We now also have a Yorkshire ACPIN Facebook page where we can post updates – please like us!
Yorkshire ACPIN’s regional committee is always looking for new members. The number of members on our committee has always been one of its strengths. This means we can run courses and events without any individual committee member feeling put upon – many hands do make light work! Hopefully, it also means we can continue to come up with ideas which interest the membership. We would also like to thank those members who volunteer to work with us to host events. They are the unsung heroes and are always the last to leave, locking up the premises behind them when they go.
Finally, and sadly for us, Jade Donnelly our Chair for the past two years is relocating to Southampton at Christmas. We would like to thank Suzanne Froggett who has agreed to take over as Chair. We would like to thank Jade for all her hard work for Yorkshire ACPIN over the past eight years. Her enthusiasm along with her organisational skills makes her a real asset, and we can truthfully say that Yorkshire’s loss is Wessex’s gain.
Yorkshire ACPIN would like to congratulate Physiotherapists CSG (which consists on some of our regions ACPIN members), as Professor Anne Forster won a £300,000 grant from the CSP charitable trust, to conduct a feasibility study into their training designed to upskill care workers. The training is designed to be delivered by physiotherapists and freely available on icsp. For more info please email Physiotherapists CSG.
The Yorkshire ACPIN Committee would like to offer evening and day courses at a variety of different venues. It is especially difficult to access venues suitable for practical sessions for week- day courses. Please let a committee member know if you can offer any suitable venues.
It has recently come to our attention that there have been delays in some people receiving information re: ACPIN courses. If ACPIN members are not receiving details of forthcoming events, please can they make the committee aware via email.