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Hello from the Bridges team and welcome to the third edition of the Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin, which keeps you up to date with our latest news and other useful publications on self-management and stroke self-management.

New Research Publications
A summary of new publications on self-management and stroke is included in our latest newsletter but since then we wanted to let you know about three more interesting articles:
  1. Sadler, E., Daniel, K., Wolfe, C. D. A. and McKevitt, C. (2014) ‘Navigating stroke care: the experiences of younger stroke survivors’.  Disability and Rehabilitation, Early Online, 1-7.  DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.882416.  Click here for abstract.
  2. Woodman, P., Riazi, A., Pereira, C. and Jones, F. (2014) ‘Social participation post stroke: a meta-ethnographic review of the experiences and views of community-dwelling stroke survivors’.  Disability and Rehabilitation.  [Epub ahead of print] Click here for abstract
  3. Hole, E., Stubbs, B., Roskell, C. and Soundy, A. (2014) ‘The patient’s experience of the psychosocial process that influences identity following stroke rehabilitation: a metaethnography’.  The Scientific World Journal (Open Access).  Click here for full article.
Report on 'Helping measure person centred care'
A useful report published by the Health Foundation focuses on 3 questions:
  • How is person-centered care being measured in healthcare?
  • What types of measures are used?
  • Why and by whom is measurement taking place?
The findings will be helpful for healthcare teams wishing to monitor and evaluate their services in relation to self-management support and person centred practice. Click here to see the full report.
Early Bridges - adapting the Bridges self-management programme for the acute stroke setting
For the first time Bridges has been introduced to therapy and nursing staff of an acute stroke unit in London.  The aim of the training was to promote a common approach to self-management in the acute environment and across professions, emphasising a whole systems approach taking into account individual patient needs, professional views and organisational issues.  Evaluation found it to be feasible to integrate a self-management approach in the acute setting with staff changing their attitudes around goal setting and the need to prioritise self-management strategies into ward processes.

St George’s Hospital acute stroke unit in London were the first to pilot this training and you can read about the experiences of staff and patients in our latest newsletter. A formal report is due to be published shortly and we will provide an update in our next e-bulletin.

Bridges at ACPIN National Conference
Bridges will have a stand at the upcoming ACPIN National Conference on 22 March 2014 in Northampton. The conference theme is “Life and Long-term Conditions” and if you are at the conference, we would love to hear your views about how supporting self-management in neuro-rehabilitation practice can link in with this theme. We look forward to seeing you there... 
Free stakeholder event to disseminate research trial findings
On behalf of the SESAME trial team, we are organising a free stakeholder event in London on June 17th. The SESAME trial team will use the event to disseminate the findings of a cluster randomised control trial that investigated the acceptability and feasibility of providing an integrated self-management programme for individuals who have had a stroke. More details will be sent out via the Stroke Improvement Bulletin, and will shortly be on our website. Attendance is free but places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis, so please contact us early to reserve a place.

Interested in booking a Bridges Self-Management workshop for your team?
Please contact us in the first instance to discuss you interest.  We have a wealth of up to date information from research, policy and evaluations to share with you that will help you to develop a business case for your team or manager.  In some cases we can travel to you for a free in-service training to learn more about the Bridges approach to supporting self-management in rehabilitation.  We can also adapt the training for different rehabilitation settings other than stroke; for example we have recently run workshops for community neurological and long term condition rehabilitation teams. 

We would also like to make you aware that Bridges programmes are now available to be commissioned via the NHS CPD Commissioning Portal as well as contacting us directly.  Please email us or telephone 020 8725 2445 for more information. 

Bridges refresher training
The content of Bridges workshops is constantly changing to reflect the rapidly evolving self-management policy and evidence base.   If your team has been trained before we can come back and deliver a one-day refresher workshop for a mixture of previously trained staff, and staff new to Bridges.  Please contact us to find out more.

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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