Latest Bridges newsletter, latest self-management research, book a workshop, Charter for people living with stroke in Scotland
Happy New Year to you all from the Bridges team and welcome to the second edition of the Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin, which keeps you up to date with our latest news and important research and policy in self-management.

Bridges News 7
The latest edition of our newsletter ‘Bridges News 7’ is now available.  It includes articles about:
  • How Bridges is being used on the acute stroke unit at St George’s Hospital, London.
  • The innovative implementation of Bridges in a community stroke team in Bury.
  • Summaries of the latest research publications and policy related to self-management in stroke and long term conditions..
Please click here for a PDF copy of the newsletter or email us if you would like us to send you a hard copy.

New Research Publications
A summary of new publications on self-management and stroke is included in our latest newsletter but since its publication we have become aware of two additional publications of interest:
  1. McKenna, S., Jones, F., Glenfield, P. and Lennon, S. (2013) ‘Bridges self-management programme for people with stroke in the community: A feasibility randomised controlled trial’.  Int J Stroke (21) [early online]. DOI: 10.1111/ijs.12195.  Click here for abstract
  1. Brown, M.B.,Levack, W, McPherson, K.M., et al. (2013) ‘Survival, momentum, and things that make me “me”: patients’ perceptions of goal setting after stroke’. Disability and Rehabilitation.  DOI:10.3109/09638288.2013.825653.  Click here for abstract.       
Charter for People Living with Stroke in Scotland
This Charter was released in December 2013 and describes what care and support services should be available to people living with stroke in Scotland when they are discharged from the hospital stroke unit.  In particular it emphasises that care and support services should help with supported self-management.  A pdf version of the Charter can be downloaded here.
Interested in Booking a Workshop?
Are you interested in Bridges stroke training for your team but would like more information before deciding?  We have recently updated our frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) document - please click here to download the pdf.
In some cases we are able to offer ‘taster sessions’ where we can travel to you (distance permitting) and deliver a presentation to help your team understand more about Bridges and our approach to supporting self-management after stroke and other neurological long-term conditions.  Please email us or telephone 020 8725 2445 for more information about arranging a taster session.

Open Workshops
A reminder that we can host open Bridges stroke workshops for individual practitioners who are unable to attend a team workshop or were unable to attend their team’s training.  The first one in 2014 will take place in central London on 24th January with the follow-up on 11th April.  You can still book on to this workshop at the discounted price of £295.  Please ask us about further discounts for multiple bookings.  For more information click here
Bridges at UK Stroke Forum 2013
The Bridges team were delighted to talk to delegates who visited the Bridges stand at the UK Stroke Forum between 3-5th December.  Bridges trainer Lucinda Brimicombe presented in a parallel session on stroke education and training alongside Jo Stevens from Pennine Healthcare NHS Trust.  Their presentation can be downloaded here.
Fiona Jones Speaking at Conference 17th January 2014
Fiona will be presenting about the Bridges stroke self-management programme at the forthcoming conference Physiotherapy UK: Management of Long-Term Neurological Conditions, on 17th January 2014 in Birmingham.  Despite the title it is suitable for all practitioners working in neurology and neuroscience. 
Bridges Discussion Forum Facebook Login
Those of you who have attended a workshop will have been provided with instructions in how to access the online discussion forum.  The log-in process has now been simplified and there is an additional option to log-in with your Facebook account.  Please email us for updated instructions and details about how to log in with your Facebook details. 
Bridges in the Press
New social enterprise set to lead significant improvements in stroke rehabilitation.

Bridges is a training programme for health and social care practitioners or third sector workers who want to develop the skills necessary to support and enhance self-management in individuals after stroke and other long-term neurological conditions.



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