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In this issue

Introduction from the ACPIN Chair

ACPIN on the move, the March 2018 international conference in Manchester

  • ACPIN President’s conference address


  • Chair’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Updates from ACPIN Board members


From the Chair

I am writing this only a few weeks after our amazing third international neurophysiotherapy conference #ACPIN18. Those of you who have missed the conference must put the 2020 one in your diary, or make plans to travel to Maastricht in 2019 for our exciting collaboration with the international NRR conference. Our conferences are getting international accolades for quality and are not to be missed!

This year, standing on stage in Manchester for the AGM, I felt incredibly proud to be presenting ACPIN’s progress to the represented Membership. Please find feedback from the AGM and conference in this newsletter.

Preparing myself for the AGM earlierthis year, made me reflect on my own experiences with ACPIN to date. Initially I was introduced to ACPIN through evening lectures in my local region, joining ACPIN as a committee member some twelve years ago. For the first year, I tagged along with no real responsibilities but helping out where possible. Since then, the quality and volume of events at regional and national level combined with the growth we have managed to accomplish as a collective is truly extraordinary, with the 2018 conference being no different, showcasing again an astonishing line up of speakers delivering thought-provoking and progressive presentations.

Looking back over the achievements of the last year, ACPIN has focused its efforts primarily in formalising and stabilising governance. We have always been aware that ACPIN is in a unique position, encompassing a large network of therapists. In 2015 the decision was made that the business of ACPIN must be brought up-to-date to ensure that it can represent its membership and use its unique position to positively influence change and development outside of itself.

In 2017, we realised a lot of these governance changes, starting with structural changes including the development of the ACPIN Board and the ACPIN Council which had been proposed and approved during the AGM at the beginning of the year. These changes have meant that Board members are now delegated a portfolio of work. This has allowed the Board to take ownership and focus on areas which align to specific activities of ACPIN. The division of responsibilities into portfolios has given a clarity which has enabled Board members to shape strategic direction and deliver amazing progress, a snapshot of which can be seen in the portfolio summaries in the AGM pack available under ‘Resources’ on our website.

We are now registered with Companies House in preparation for our charitable status which is on track to be realised this year. Altogether a milestone achievement, which saw the completion of the Interim Chief Executive Officers term. The Interim Chief Executive Officer was initially appointed on a project basis to consult and support ACPIN’s transition. On completion of the contract, he has been replaced with two members of back-office staff who are dedicated to supporting the Board and membership. This back-office support will provide structure, helping the Board and Council to work in a unified way, relieving pressure from work and giving a more focussed strategy by the Board and quicker responses to enquiries from members and other parties.

As a Board it has been on our radar for some time that ACPIN must not only be sound from a governance perspective, it must also do its best to present itself, showcasing its strengths and encouraging the engagement of other companies and professions. With this in mind and after a long process of scoping and developing specifications, work has now begun on building a new website, with quotes and project plans coming in from a number of companies. The new website should also become a focal point for members to log in and find information about regional and national activities or educational content.

In order to set clear priorities and routes to deliver our strategy, we have during 2017 contracted a company to undertake market research and produce a marketing plan. This marketing plan development has been dominated by extensive stakeholder engagement work and the information gathered in this process will inform the development of ACPIN’s new Ten Year Strategic Plan, which will be presented to the Council in September 2018. Moreover, improvements to ACPIN’s marketing have already been achieved and I had the pleasure of unveiling our wonderful new logo to the AGM.

All that is left to say now is a huge thanks to all the amazing volunteers at regional and national levels, without whom ACPIN would not be able to achieve so much. A big thank you also to the membership for your ongoing support, we hope that you feel enthused and inspired by the work we are doing on your behalf. As always, if you would like to get more involved with ACPIN please contact your regional Committee or email for information about supporting the board with project work.

Jakko Brouwers
ACPIN Honorary Chair

ACPIN On the Move

March 2018 International Conference in Manchester

The below is the ACPIN President’s address given at our March conference

ACPIN is ‘on the move’. That is our slogan. Moving metaphorically, ACPIN has made visionary changes to its structure and governance over the last two years and there is more to come in an ambitious five year plan.

A new management structure, with clearly defined portfolios for board members and a strong Council to ensure effective representation from the regions, was approved at the AGM in 2017. The new system is working very effectively. ACPIN is now a registered company and is progressing rapidly to becoming a registered charity. This will provide us with opportunities to increase revenue so that we can better support members as well as fund ACPIN led clinical research.

The theme of my address is very simple. To be effective we need to have cohesion between clinical practice, education and research. Each relies on and builds on the others.

Let’s think about what a stronger link between research and clinical practice might achieve. ACPIN comprises a unique network of over 3000 neuro-physiotherapists across the whole of the UK, all of whom collect data as part of their therapy, but how much of that data is used after patients are discharged? The answer is very little. Using stroke as an example, we have the opportunity, if we collect data in a systematic way using an agreed set of outcome measures and methods for reporting interventions and therapy time and setting, to enhance the existing large dataset generated by SSNAP (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme).

This would enable us to conduct a very large longitudinal study to transform our understanding of stroke recovery and create a benchmark against which to measure the effect of new interventions and technologies.

Now let’s think about education and its importance to both research and clinical practice. Education changes practice and practicing physiotherapists are critical in the education of physiotherapy students. Stronger links between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and practicing physiotherapists would mean that research-led education really did change practice and new research really did make it across that translational gap. Practicing physiotherapists must have more influence over education programmes and HEIs should provide better and appropriate life-long learning for therapists. Continued learning improves career pathways, skills, motivation and job satisfaction. We need more physiotherapists with higher degrees able to up-skill therapy assistants so that they can take on more responsibilities (this is particularly important with the increased use of technologies).

Research is translated into practice through clinical guidelines and they are becoming increasingly used to empower therapists, researchers and patients to provide best practice. And that includes not only using evidence-based new interventions and technologies, but also stopping the use therapies for which there is no evidence. Research is also an important tool for influencing Government policy. We are proposing to update the current splinting guidelines and have plans to develop new guidelines for the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). European guidelines on upper limb assessment in neurological conditions will be submitted for publication in the next few months. Finally, with our imminent departure from the European Union, it is even more important for us to strengthen our ties with our neighbours. ‘ACPIN on the move’ is putting this into motion and in 2019 we are joining with the Dutch, Belgian and German societies for neurorehabilitation and holding our annual conference with them in Maastricht. This is an exciting opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and ambitions and we very much hope that our members will seize this opportunity.

Jane Burridge ACPIN President

Prof Jane Burridge
ACPIN President
22 March 2018


Chair’s report

Below is the report given by the ACPIN Chair at the 2018 AGM

Standing here on stage at the AGM, is  a proud moment as I feel honoured to be feeding back on the progress and achievements since the last AGM.

After the proposed changes were approved by vote at the AGM last year, the new Board was set up and its members have collectively put in a enormous amount of time, hard work and team effort to deliver some amazing progress which you will be hearing from them personally later in this meeting. I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all that they have done.

I feel this is also a time to standstill and reflect on those difficult moments in life which shape you.

Both Adine (Vice Chair) and I lost one of our parents and several other Board members have had difficult family times. The work for ACPIN, which all of us do with great passion but still on a voluntary basis and which can take up many hours a week, has been hard going for some of us and yet as a team we have supported each other through difficult times.

The year in review, a reflection

Looking back at how ACPIN has changed and still is changing, gives me cause to reflect on where we were not too long ago.

1 ACPIN conferences have evolved
In 2015 we made a live broadcasting of the conference to Northern Ireland and were using Webex as a medium for meetings in order to be reaching out to members in remote or rural areas, a tactic which had served me well when setting up the new Wales Region in the past.

In 2016 we hosted the first ever international neuro physiotherapy conference with approx. 600 delegates. This was followed by increased international attention and invitation for international collaboration made to ACPIN by among others the NRR group. Discussions with this group in 2017 have progressed to agreement to join them for their conference programme in 2019/2021/2023. This is a giant step forward for ACPIN.

2 Evolving relationships
During the past four years the relationship with the CSP has changed enormously. ACPIN has proactively engaged in dialogue with the CSP and fruitful discussions and support continue on a regular basis.

It appears that other networks affiliated by the CSP have started to follow ACPIN’s lead and are now too changing their structure to reflect changes made by ACPIN.

3. The structure of ACPIN
From 2015 plans were set out to change the structure of the organisation.

  • 2016-2017 Saw the appointment of an interim CEO as a project to consult and deliver on this new proposed structure with good governance at its core.
  • 2016-2017 As part of a governance structure, preparations were made to set up a Board and Council in 2016. These were proposed and subsequently approved by the AGM in 2017 followed by implementation of these new bodies and inauguration of its members.
  • 2015-2017 The plan to register ACPIN at Companies House, first mentioned in meetings in 2015, was finally realised in August 2017.
  • 2017-2018 The registration at Companies House is the first step in our application for Charity status and application for this now underway hopefully to be realised in 2018.

The strategy for ACPIN has been under development since 2015 and with every year’s progress and achievements, new directions and opportunities are identified.

In 2016 we started planning for a wider strategy which would take into account the future of the profession and the role(s) ACPIN could play in facilitating that. This was signposted in January 2017 when we held an ACPIN ‘visions’ event at the CSP to start preliminary discussions about this. Since that time, we have supported and developed the performance of our Board members with a delegated portfolio (who form the ACPIN Cabinet) and develop this vision into a strategy for the different elements of ACPIN activity.

To aid the development of the strategy we contracted a company, represented by Ian Arnold, present here, to conduct a stakeholder engagement project which includes focus groups. This aims to give members of our community and other stakeholders an opportunity to influence our strategic direction for the next five to ten years.

The final piece of this work is a member survey. Please do keep a look out for it via email. This work will be completed soon, and results reported back to the Board.

In May we will spend a whole day with all the Board members together to finalise this long term strategy which we will present to the next Council meeting in September.

4. Opportunities
There are now plenty of opportunities for members to help and support the work ACPIN is doing.

We have developed these opportunities for members to engage with specific Board portfolios and support interesting projects such as developing the ACPIN education programme, exploring the accreditation for courses and skills, developing the website and content, facilitating new uses of media such as Tweetchats, support the review of regions and developing a rational on how they can be supported to be more efficient and enhance what they are already doing.


After many years of debating and even a competition for members, the ACPIN logo has finally been changed.ACPIN now has a staffed office with Corrina supporting predominantly membership issues and Catherine providing executive assistance for the senior leadership team.

This is now the second time in four years that we have changed the venue of our international conference and the list of speakers is quite astonishing. Equally impressive is the number of abstracts we continue to receive.

With changes in legal status come new responsibilities and ACPIN has sought new accountants to deal with the changed need to now formally report to HMRC after our registration at Companies House and in preparation for the pending charity status. Therefore, greater financial detail and clarity is now also demanded from regional finances and a group has been setup to develop shared working practises as well as reporting mechanisms ready for submitting overarching accounts on 3rd August 2018.

I will leave you with the board members presenting their plans for specific portfolio activity and hope you find something you would like to get involved in.

Jakko Brouwers
ACPIN Honorary Chair

Treasurer’s report

Below is the report given by the ACPIN Treasurer at the 2018 AGM

The past year has been one of financial change for ACPIN. Since registration with Companies House in August 2017, we have been readying ACPIN for its imminent charitable status.

This preparation has primarily focused on strengthening financial governance. ACPIN’s accountant have been changed to Martin and Company Chartered Accountants and a regional treasurers forum has been set up to share best practice and equip regional treasurers with the tools they need to comply with Companies House regulations.

Beyond charitable status, ACPIN aims to use the power of its membership, with over 3,000 professionals in neurorehabilitation, to improve practices and influence policies. This however cannot be achieved solely through the membership, ACPIN as a company must be reputable and financial strength and governance is paramount to this.

Below is a summary of the accounts from 3 August 2017 to 31 December 2017. Please note that the accounts run from ACPIN’s registration with Companies House.

Dr Joanna Kileff
ACPIN Honorary Treasurer

Board members’ updates

Regional affairs

Nikki Guck

This was a new role in the redesign of the Board structure in 2017, to establish formal links forging a two-way mechanism for communication between National Board and the 18 ACPIN Regions. The portfolio has evolved in the last 12 months, with the instigation of an active ‘WhatsApp’ group with all 18 region council members for immediate discussions or questions and a bi-monthly Web Ex meeting on line. We have completed two council meetings, the Inaugural meeting in London and the second in Liverpool. The plan has been to rotate the bi-annual Council meetings around the UK, allowing each region to steer the agenda and feedback excellent links with external stakeholders’, HEI’s and Agencies in that region to demonstrate new ways of working, research, clinical expertise. This format can only raise the profile of ACPIN to all stakeholders’ and allow other regions to replicate good practise and ensure transparency between the Board, Council and the wider membership.

The role has also ensured that there is a clear clinical governance structure in place to ensure adherence with our new Charitable status, the new data protection laws and our internal policies and structure. It is imperative that ACPIN ensures that the future vision and strategies in the next 5 years are established throughout the membership, in a forward-thinking approach, driving our profession into the forefront of the public, government and to wider stakeholders’ attention. All regions are now compliant with the use of the email account, although we are aware of some difficulties; the future new IT systems will hopefully lead to improvement in communication in the new digital age.

Currently, one large piece of work has evolved in restructuring of the regional committees to ensure consistency between regions; allowing for adherence to our essential clinical governance structure, standard operating procedures for reporting mechanisms, and allowing all Board Portfolio holders to have a point of direct contact at a regional level. This is a complex piece of work, but the aim has been to ensure it is a two-way process taken into consideration that all roles are voluntary.

This is an exciting time for ACPIN at every level, with a forward-thinking approach we can be “the go to” network not only for UK physiotherapists, but also International colleagues, and to the wider network of health professionals, agencies and the governments in all our four Nations.

Conferences and sectoral networks

Eleanor Butler


  • Ensuring the continued success of the ACPIN Conference, at present in collaboration with the International Congress of NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair.
  • Developing a 5 year conference strategy to ensure clarity of planning and that ACPIN continues to push the boundaries of neuro therapy on the international stage.
  • Developing sectoral networks within ACPIN to establish co-ordinated specialist groups for members to access support, information, advice and peer review.

Achieved so far

ACPIN Conference 2018 was an outstanding success delivering a variety of high calibre and thought provoking lectures, seminars and workshops. The quality of the current evidence base within the field was highlighted by the excellence of the abstracts brought to conference and both the research and education forums demonstrated drive and enthusiasm to support moving new and innovative ideas forward within ACPIN.

Short-term goals

  • To develop a draft version of the Conference strategy for Board meeting to review and comment on in May 2018
  • To liaise with the European team for input to the International Congress in Maastricht in May 2019
  • To input to Physio UK in Autumn 2018
  • To communicate with members for their expectations around development of sectoral networks
  • To determine venue for International ACPIN Conference 2020

Long-term goals

  • Finalise conference strategy and implement International Congress on NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair May 2019
  • Planning of International ACPIN Conference 2020

Public affairs

Dr Jonathan T McCrea

You might have heard of St. Patrick’s Day and a game of rugby played on that day? This year Tourism Ireland, had 290 landmarks in 48 countries lit up in green.Globally people mightn’t know about Ireland but they will have heard about St Patrick and the Irish rugby team.

Public affairs is a term used to describe an organisation’s relationship with stakeholders and to promote its knowledge, views and perspectives.

In the year since this position of public affairs was created I’ve supported those representing ACPIN on external bodies, worked with Frontline on articles and had articles published in a charity magazine. Developed joint working with the RCOT and ACPIN on the splinting guidelines and also supported the Spasticity guidelines. We responded to the planned update of the NICE stroke guidelines and now a physiotherapist will be on that guideline group. Just to give you an idea.
The three main areas of planned activity in public affairs:

  1. Developing a framework for those representing ACPIN on external bodies and organisations. To recruit suitably ACPIN members as support and contingency. Also to increase our external representation.
  2. Responding to guidelines, government documents, etc. Our important commentary on clinical guidelines, policies or consultations, needs to be targeted these and delivered with impact.
  3. Providing a voice to members. Academics, researchers and clinicians produce excellent work. ACPIN Public Affairs can help your voice to be given the weight of the whole membership, to be your megaphone, so we “all speak together”

Many health professionals, the general public, politicians, policy makers and charities know little about who are and what we do. We need the world and their granny to know that we are neurological physiotherapists, what we do, and that when we do it well, we can do things that no-one else can do.

Membership affairs

Lorraine Azam

The Cabinet Member for Membership Affairs main role relates to the membership database, this

  • Recruitment and oversight of member interactions /records/ distribution.
  • Direct engagement with members regarding retention and cancellations.
  • Safety and security of information held within the membership database.
  • Support to other board portfolio members who utilise database information and contacts.
  • Monitoring of membership size and scope to increase size and scope.
  • Membership Database management via an interactive and responsive platform.

The future aims for the portfolio are to:

  • Support the provision and launch of a new integrated membership database and website through joint work with the rest of the ACPIN board.
  • Ensure that ACPIN uses members data appropriately to meet the standards of data protection. This means only using your details in the way you agree to and maintaining the security of the data.
  • Link with other portfolio holders to utilise the strengths of our member base for activities such as research, guideline feedback, student involvement.
  • Review the types of memberships available to enable ACPIN to cover a broad range of members within physiotherapy but also other appropriate professionals and both within the UK and overseas.

The first three aims are current and ongoing with the fourth being a long term aim for after the launch of the new integrated site.


Dr Ruth Turk

Research portfolio’s vision

The overall aim of the board member for research is to promote and establish good quality research for members and by members for the advancement of Neurophysiotherapy and Neurorehabilitation, specifically to fill the gap between clinical practice and research. Strategies will involve promotion of ACPIN and associated conferences, engagement with HEI and clinical researchers, promotion of survey-type research through access to membership views, development of national ACPIN research grants / funding / project opportunities and governance thereof, and working closely with board members of publication, education and CPD to promote research in those areas.

Achievements in the last year

Review and reorganisation of the process for researchers to access membership views via the membership database – clear and accessible information via the website, easier to use electronic application form, one point of access via the membership support officer.

Organisation of research abstracts for presentation at conference. Promotion of abstract submission by HEI and clinical researchers, organisation of scientific panel to review abstracts with the focus on the best abstracts having the opportunity to present their work orally alongside eminent invited speakers, and judging of best oral/platform and poster presentations.

Hosted the research forum at the ACPIN Conference 2018 with clinical and HEI researchers invited to discuss:

  • How can ACPIN support clinicians / students to do research?
  • How can ACPIN work with / support researchers in HEIs?

Short-term goal

  • Analysis of results of research forum discussions into strategic plan

Long-term goals

  • Build on ideas and relationships to put processes in place to build on our aims.
  • Identify and liaise with specific identified HEI/clinical research representatives to support the ACPIN research agenda.
  • Develop ACPIN grant funding; liaise with external grant provider bodies / companies as appropriate.

Publications and knowledge dissemination

Dr Praveen Kumar

The board member for Publications and knowledge dissemination has responsibility to generate opportunities and provide a user-friendly platform for the ACPIN members, students, researchers and other professionals in the field of neurological rehabilitation to present and share their work. The key aspects are:

  • Raising the profile of ACPIN
  • To have a separate international peer-reviewed journal that provides platform for publication of high quality research studies
  • To provide novice researchers an opportunity to publish by providing peer-review feedback
  • To have special/supplementary editions on specific topics/ areas / student related projects.
  • To have a clearly defined Editorial Board
  • To have a review board (see call for reviewers below) that includes both national and international reviewers. (This includes academics, researchers, clinicians, ACPIN members, non-ACPIN members/experts in the field of neurology/neurological rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation).
  • To gradually aim to have an impact factor for Synapse the official journal of ACPIN.

Call for reviewers for ACPIN’s journal, Synapse 

Peer review is a key part of the academic publishing process. As Synapse enters a new era, we are taking this opportunity to invite professionals in the field of neurological rehabilitation to join our reviewer’s board.

If you are interested in joining the review board, then please send a short CV (two pages) including your areas of interest and expertise. In addition, please send a 500 word statement explaining how your experience would be an invaluable contribution to the peer-review process of our journal.

Please email your CV and statement to Dr Praveen Kumar (Editor).

Regional reports 2017-2018

East Anglia

The East Anglian branch of ACPIN held the following events in 2017:

  • February – Managing MS study day, Cambridge
  • May – Upper limb course with Helen Lindfield and AGM, Ipswich
  • September – Using Rock tape for neurological conditions, Stowmarket
  • October – Technology for rehabilitation, UEA, Norwich

Feedback from participants was excellent for all the courses. East Anglian ACPIN members valued the diversity of topics and appreciated the fact that courses were held at different locations across our large catchment area.

Events for 2018 through to 2019:

  • March – Vestibular study day and AGM
  • May – MoveTec day, UEA, Norwich
  • July – Orthotics study day, Colchester

Other courses hoping to be arranged were:

Continence and sexual issues in neurological conditions

  • Neuropathic pain management
  • Function disorders
  • Outcome measures in neurology
  • Respiratory issues in neurological conditions

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland ACPIN regional committee have continued to work hard to engage the regional membership in events. This year we were involved in two multi-professional events.

In April we we welcomed Sally Glover, a clinical specialist physiotherapist in facial rehabilitation, to Belfast to deliver a highly practical and informative course on the acute and advanced management of facial palsy. This was attended by both physiotherapy and speech and language therapy colleagues.

In November, we had the opportunity to promote ACPIN at the international ReSport conference on sport and exercise rehabilitation and everyday living for young people and adults with disabilities. As well as AHPs, this was attended by colleagues from psychology, community organisations, sports governing bodies and exercise professionals. Our committee member, Shona Pryde, spoke on the benefits and overcoming barriers to sport in rehabilitation from a neurophysiotherapy perspective. This was a great opportunity to promote our profession and to build networks with potential partners in neurological rehabilitation outside of the health service.

Siobhan Macauley stepped down as Chair and we’d like to thank her for her hard work and enthusiasm which we were delighted to see rewarded with an ACPIN Distinguished Service Award. Dr Katy Pedlow takes over as Chair and we are excited for next year’s events.

at the time of writing we are looking to strengthen our links with higher education and we have planned four study mornings at the Ulster University campus. Our topics are:

  • Neurological assessment
  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson’s
  • Respiratory management of neurological conditions

Dates for 2018 are Saturday 12th May, Saturday 15th September and Saturday 24th November with the last one on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

We are also looking at an event exploring concussion management beyond the sports field.

As always, we welcome comments, suggestions and requests from our members.


The Oxford branch has a healthy committee and our evening events have been well attended. We have been able to move our evening talks around the region for ease of access for members and to make the most of the variety of expertise.

Our 2017–2018 programme included: 

  • Glenn Nielsen, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, spoke about the Management of Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Jash Patel, Consultant Neurovascular Surgeon, spoke about Vascular Malformations and surgical treatments
  • Jo Pierce, Lecturer in Physiotherapy at OBU, presented about Neuroplasticity: Keep calm and go practise
  • Simon Prangnell, Clinical Neuropsychologist, spoke about Mental Capacity Assessments in Practice 
  • Julian Taylor, Research Director, presented on Spinal Cord Injury Research and the Physiotherapist  
  • Katie Gore, Pelvic Pain Specialist Physiotherapist, gave a talk about the Pelvic Floor and its rehabilitation
  • Emma Gurney, MS Specialist Nurse, updated us on MS, its diagnosis and management
  • Professor Peter Rothwell presented on The Importance of Simple Clinical Innovation in Neurology and Stroke, which was followed by our AGM
  • Ben Beare, Research Physiotherapist, will be presenting his current study ‘Investigating causes of post-stroke shoulder pain associated with restricted external rotation’, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading 
  • Caroline Doderidge, Orthoptist, will talk about visual problems after neurological insult, Oxford 
  • Professor Brian Dolan, will discuss the #EndPJParalysis campaign, at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford  
  • Will Young, Lecturer, will show us his research on gait and balance in PD and MS, at Brunel University

Other upcoming evening talks include Spasticity Management and Early Intervention for Parkinson’s Disease.

Our most up to date information is now available on Twitter and Facebook, and we will continue to email flyers as well. Many of our events are suitable for other members of the MDT, so please share widely.

Requests or suggestions for topics you feel would be beneficial for yourself, your department or your fellow ACPIN members are very welcome – please let us know in person or via email, Twitter or FaceBook.

South Trent

South Trent’s ACPIN programme began in February with an evening lecture on Foot Biomechanics. This was followed by lectures in spasticity management by Professor Pandyan and Neuropathic Pain. Late September saw an evening lecture on ‘Management of the painful and vulnerable shoulder’ by Marcus Bateman. In 2018, we plan to run lectures such as ‘Pilates for the neurological population’ and hope to organise an advanced Bobath course.

We remain an extremely small committee with multiple available roles. Please get in touch if you can help however formal or informal that role may be. We continue to engage with our members using survey monkeys to gather member opinions on courses and raising our profile on twitter/ Facebook.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those members previously served on our committee that have stepped down over the last 12 months.

South West

South West ACPIN has had a busy year with a regular number of events organised. We have welcomed new members to the committee also which has been great.

Events have included a Mytherappy course and a successful ‘Sharing of Local practice’ evening which included posters displayed and a brief presentation from each speaker on local research/audit.

A functional movement disorders lecture in June with Glenn Neilsen proved extremely popular with a record number of attendees and positive feedback.

We are soon to offer a Physical Activity in Stroke and other Long term neurological conditions course at Plymouth University.

We are collaborating with ACPRC to run a joint Critical Care course which will cover a range of topics to share knowledge across both specialities.

Our sub-committee based in Devon and Cornwall are looking at a facilitating a series of evening lectures and we have also invited a Neuropathologist to provide an evening lecture later in 2018.

Our sub-committee also ran the first tweet chat early in 2018 on ‘Falls in the Neurology population’ and our twitter following has grown.

Currently we have 335 followers and are using twitter as a way to engage with members.

Surrey & Borders

Events in 2018:

  • February – Parkinsons Disease Update, study day, St Hughs conference centre.
  • March – AGM and patient experience of autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis
  • June – Facial Palsy Study day (acute management), Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • November – Rock Tape study day with neuro emphasis

Other possible suggestions for 2018-2019 include:

  • Specialist seating and postural management update
  • GAIN
  • Lower limb course
  • Dementia UK

Please let us know your thoughts on events and help us plan events that you would be interested in attending.


The Sussex ACPIN committee organised four study events for their members since the last AGM in March 2017. These study days were hosted in Haywards Heath and in Firwood House in Eastbourne. Unfortunately one of the planned events -the Module 3 for the Bobath training course due to have been taken place in May 2017- had to be cancelled because of the lack of participants.

In March 2017 AGM took place with a study day on movement disorders. The teaching was given by highly specialist neurophysiotherapist Michelle Long. This was very interesting day full of theory of movement science with clinical applications including some group work by participants. Feedback from the event was very positive. Thank you Jenny and Anne for organising this event.

In September 2017 we run a half day on research titled ‘The research journey of multiple Sclerosis Aqua Research Team (MSART)’. We had five different speakers from the research team and from Brighton University. The event was very interactive and helped to build up links between Sussex Acpin and Brighton University. Many thanks to Kishore Garipati from the University for helping me to organise this event.

At the end of September 2017 we organised a study day on Facial weakness and swallowing presented by Katriona Neville and Vanessa Venables, highly specialised therapists from London. The day was very interactive with lots of practical and participants felt that they learned lots of useful new skills to take home and use with suitable patients. Thank you Lindsay for organising this event.

In November 2017 we run a study day on Rocktaping. This was mainly practical day learning about the use of rocktape for various clinical indications and practicing application of the tape over different parts of the body. It was very well attended and enjoyed day by all participants. Thank you, Norah, once again for your amazing efforts and contributions for the organisation of this event, when you yourself were not even able to attend.

Other events for 2018 include:

  • March – Postural management and seating, study day, Eastbourne
  • May – Botox, evening talk, Firwood House
  • August – Neuro-aquatic therapy with Jackie Pattman, Eastbourne
  • 22nd September – Yoga for nNeurological conditions, study day, Haywards Heath
  • 24th November – Functional movement disorders, study morning, Brighton

Thank you everybody for your contributions during this past year. I am hoping that newly structured committee will help us to increase our activity in future years.

West Midlands

We have been busy in the West Midlands. To end 2017 our annual event with tea and cake took place in November at the University of Birmingham with the topic of “Innovations in the Management of Neurological Conditions”. We hosted three speakers who had received ACPIN funding for research or study. The diverse topics range from Functional Neurological Disorders, to the relevance of Nutrition and sedentary behaviour for Neurological Patients. This was another popular event.

To begin 2018 we filled the lecture theatre for our AGM and lecture ‘Half a world away’ where we welcomed Dr David Punt from the University of Birmingham to speak about his work on neglect in stroke patients. Over 70 people attended the lecture including students and some occupational therapists.

We were also pleased to have local representation at the ACPIN conference in Manchester in March the form of a poster on ‘The evidence for the clinical effectiveness of electrical stimulation to prevent and reduce shoulder subluxation after stroke’. This was presented by Trish Edwards, a local member who received an ACPIN grant towards her MSc studies at Coventry University.

Our courses in 2018 have included Ben Ellis on ‘Observational gait analysis using the Movement Science approach’ in May, which was kindly hosted by our new committee members Katie Halford and Michelle Standeven at Solihull Hospital and was fully booked. Following on from this Ben will be leading another practical course on balance in late September.

Our committee remains small and we continue to seek members from other parts of the West Midlands to join us and consider hosting events. Please do email us for further information about any of our courses, or if you would like to become involved in our committee. We are always keen to hear your ideas for future courses or ways we can support our members.


We are delighted to report that we are still members of the UKs second largest ACPIN region, second only to London, and that is down to our members, for your support and thirst for your professional development.

2017 was another successful year with a vibrant programme of events. This started with a fantastic course on the shoulder hosted at Leeds Beckett University and facilitated by Jo Gibson, her expertise provided lots of practically stimulating and useful ideas which reiterated the importance of activation of the rotator cuff. The year progressed with various courses and stimulating evening lectures including:

  • Primitive Reflex Inhibition RI,Pam Bagott
  • AGM and Study Day – Huntington’s Chorea Update, Different strokes, Leeds
  • Head, Neck and Thorax, Helen Lindfield
  • Sharing Best Practice evening _ Case Studies Hydrotherapy DMD and Use of GaitLite
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation, Sally Winterburn and Laura Wilby
  • Hydrotherapy, Jackie Packman
  • Wheelchair Skills in people with Spinal Cord Injuries, Dene Minchella

In January 2018 we hosted our AGM and Mary Lynch Ellerington delivered an inspiring study day on Postural Control for the Recovery of Walking. This was a well attended event and provided a great start to the year.

Developments have included the introduction to a new new booking system or courses. We are trying to embrace the technology and notify our members about courses using Facebook, Email and occasionally in Frontline. We are hoping to develop an online survey to gather feedback, we recognise the importance of doing this in a timely manner.

Before finishing this update, it is important to say a very big thank you to all those on the Yorkshire committee. We have welcomed two new babies born to our committee members Katy Chance and Vicky Draper and look forward to seeing them at our meetings! We have a new member who has recently joined us Vicky Dodds and are very board to have Karen Hull as a both committee member and Board member for ACPIN.

The rest of our fantastic team are:, Linda Britton, Oby Ufodiama, Dawn Knibbs, Rowena Wright, Fiona McKeever, Sarah Watson, Sarah Bates, Chris Robbins and of course Linda’s dog Denby.

We would very much welcome new members onto the committee as always, it is often very refreshing to gain others people’s views, energy and of course new contacts and lectures.


Prof Jane Burridge (non-voting)

Honorary Chair
Jakko Brouwers

Vice Chair and Governance
Adine Adonis

Honorary Treasurer
Dr Joanna Kileff

Secretary and Executive Assistant
Catherine Williams (non-voting)

Membership Support
Corinna Robinson (non-voting)

Public Affairs
Dr Jonathan McCrea

Regional Affairs
Nicola Guck

Conferences and Sectoral Networks
Eleanor Butler

Membership Affairs
Lorraine Azam

Amanda Denton

Dr Ruth Turk

Professional Development and Practice
Richard Pawsey

Publications and Knowledge Dissemination
Dr Praveen Kumar

Member without portfolio
Karen Hull

ACPIN’s aims

1. To promote and facilitate collaborative interaction between ACPIN members across all fields of practice including clinical, research and education.

2. To promote evidence-informed practice and continuing professional development.

3. To provide encouragement and support for members to participate in good quality research (with a diversity of methodologies) and evaluation of practice at all levels.

4. To maintain and continue to develop a reciprocal communication process with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on all issues related to neurology.

5. To foster and encourage collaborative working between ACPIN, other professional groups, related organisations ie third sector, government departments and members of the public.