Goal setting conference, project updates, self-management reading
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Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin 6 – March 2015
Welcome to the Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin, which keeps you up to date with our latest news, projects and useful publications on self-management in rehabilitation.

Self-Management support, what are we reading?
  • The PRISMS Programme (Practical Systematic Review of Self-Management Support for long term conditions) of rapid reviews of self-management support interventions has published findings from their systematic overview of the evidence on self-management support for LTCs to inform health-care commissioners and providers about what works, for whom, and in what contexts. This is an important resources for all those concerned with how to achieve a shared understanding of self-management support as part of high quality care.  Click here to view the full report.
  • Ideas into Action: Person-Centered Care in Practice.  Another excellent report published by the Health Foundation (2014), using learning from implementation of 11 large scale self-management programmes and what needs to be done to integrate shared decision making and self-management support in day-to-day, routine NHS practice.  Click here to view the full report.
  • Warner G et al., (2015). A systematic review of the effectiveness of stroke self-management programs for improving function and participation outcomes: self-management programs for stroke survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early Online: 1–23.  Click here to view abstract.  This reviews focuses specifically on the impact of self-management programmes on participation and functional ability post stroke and highlights prominent strategies such as structured information, goal setting and professional support.
Bridges Projects Update
Building Bridges after Brain Injury
A project to support people with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury funded by a Shine award from the Heath Foundation started in June 2014 and is due to complete in October 2015. The project led by Dr Petra Makela from Kings College NHS Foundation Trust working in collaboration with Bridges and Headway has seen completion of our first self-management support book co-produced with people with TBI and their families. The book includes stories, experiences and strategies contributed by 14 people who have experienced TBI.
The first stage of training was delivered in February for more than 60 staff working in King’s Major Trauma Centre acute setting, the Neurorehabilitation Unit, Lewisham Hospital and the local branch of Headway, South East London North West Kent (SELNWK). We have had great feedback on the book so far, but we still need to complete our family and friends booklet and deliver follow-up training. The project will be evaluated and results ready by the autumn. This is the first time self-management support for people with TBI and their families will be introduced in an acute neuroscience setting.
All those involved have given their wholehearted support, this quote from John, captures some of the feedback we have had so far.
“Well done to you all for your vision and hard work in creating such a valuable resource. It will make such a difference to so many people.”  [Mr JD, person with TBI]

Self-Management Support for People Living with Long-Term Conditions in Kingston
We are pleased to announce the kick-off of the very first bespoke project with an organisation-wide approach to self-management. The primary care provider Your Healthcare Community Interest Company commissioned Bridges to jointly tailor the Bridges self-management approach to the specific needs of people with long-term conditions in the London borough of Kingston. Throughout the next 1.5 years, we will co-design and evaluate self-management support together with service users, primary health and social care teams as well as other local partners. We see great potential in this project to bring about long-lasting change for the local community. 

Self-Management Support for People Living with Long-Term Conditions in Lewisham
Starting in November 2014, we are conducting a one-year workforce training initiative. The project is jointly funded by Health Education South London and Bridges Self-Management Limited. Community health and social care teams in the London Borough of Lewisham will be provided Bridges self-management training. Training will be tailored to meet the requirements of the different participating teams; and for the first time we will produce a workbook together with, and including the stories and experiences of people living with different long-term conditions in Lewisham, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia.
Bridges in Acute Trauma and Orthopaedics
Bridges is working with the acute trauma therapy team at St George’s Hospital, London, on a project to explore which self-management strategies are most effective in this setting.  We have worked with a small group of clinicians to understand the challenges of the acute trauma environment, and used this information to tailor the training, which was delivered to the whole therapy team in January 2015.  Follow-up training will take place in April, after which the project will be evaluated.  We will keep you up to date with the dissemination plans in future e-bulletins. 


Goal Setting Conference, 28th April 2015 – book now

Consensus, controversy and debate about goal setting in rehabilitation are still very much alive. What works, for whom and in what context are all common questions and many were debated at a conference in 2009 resulting in a seminal paper published by Dr Diane Playford in Clinical Rehabilitation.  Now in 2015 we have guidelines, use many different methods, but still have very little evidence about what works best.  Fiona Jones, Founder of Bridges and Professor of Rehabilitation Research at St Georges University of London has collaborated with Dr Playford from University College London to develop a conference programme which revisits many of these questions. Leading academics, clinicians’, people with stroke and TBI will all debate and discuss goal setting. Book now for a chance to be part of this conference, and take part in a unique Delphi survey taking place throughout the day.
Details and how to book:
Tuesday 23rd April 2015
Queens Square, London
Earlybird to 15 March: £70 (£40 student rate); after 15 March £80 (£50 student rate)
Book here
6th Annual Bridges Symposium - Save the Date
The 6th Bridges Self-Management symposium is due to be held on Wednesday 10 June 2015. This annual event is free and suitable for all stakeholders, academics, managers and practitioners working in self-management and rehabilitation. The speakers and programme will be announced soon on our website and through our next bulletin.
Introducing our New Team
Heide joined the team as trainer, but she was pleasantly surprised that she has rather embarked on a wide-ranging Bridges building project. She helps building bridges between our training and research activities; and she is committed to strengthen the existing foundations for user involvement. She hopes that her previous experience of using storytelling to bridge science, art and lived experience will come in useful. Her previous roles range from Qualitative Researcher in academia to Educational Facilitator in the voluntary and art sector. A long time ago, Heide also worked as Physiotherapist in different clinical settings.
Nicole is enthusiastic to be joining our Team as Office Manager and Admin guru.  With her wide and varied background, she brings a strong toolkit of knowledge and experience to better support our endeavours as we grow – through improved back office systems and business strategy, the Team will be building a better Bridges from the inside out!
Tino has worked as a physiotherapist in acute and community rehabilitation for several years, and attended one of the first Bridges training courses in 2010. He has since turned his focus to rehabilitation research, and has returned to work for Bridges in a researcher capacity. Tino coordinates the day-to-day running of our Lewisham project (Self-management support for people living with long-term conditions in Lewisham).

Contact us:
Telephone: 020 8725 2445
Bridges aims to help people with long-term conditions take control of their rehabilitation and daily lives.  We do this by providing training and consultancy to multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams to integrate self-management support into their daily practice, and by conducting innovative research and development projects in self-management support in rehabilitation.
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