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Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin 4 – July 2014

Welcome to the fourth Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin, which keeps you up to date with our latest news, projects and other useful publications on self-management in stroke and rehabilitation.

Latest Bridges newsletter published
Bridges news 8 includes case studies from speech and language therapists, reflections on goal setting in rehabilitation and using the stroke workbook in a group setting.  We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to our contributors.  You can download it here or if you would like to receive free hard copies please contact us with your postal address. 
If you have a story or experience to share about using the Bridges approach, maybe with an inspiring person, family or carer, or perhaps you are using Bridges in an innovative way, please contact us to be featured in a future newsletter.

Save the date: Goal setting in rehabilitaiton conference
Bridges will be hosting a conference on Saturday 24th January 2015 at St George’s, University of London.  Delegates will have the chance to debate the utility of goal setting in rehabilitation and develop an action plan to take back to their workplace through break-out sessions.  We are in the early stages of organising this event and if you are interested in attending, please contact us to register your interest.

Bridges in Traumatic Brain Injury: Bridges collaborates with Kings College Hospital and Headway
Dr Petra Makela from Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London has been successful in winning one of the competitive ‘Shine 2014’ awards from the Health Foundation to work with Bridges.  The project aims to develop the stroke specific content in the Bridges training, workbook and family booklet to be suitable for people with brain Injury. We will be working closely with the local Headway group who are an integral part of the Kings Brain Injury team and supported by clinicians from St Georges Hospital and Bart’s Health London.   Updates about the project will be provided in future e-bulletins and newsletters.

Research update
A summary of new publications on self-management and stroke is included in our latest newsletter but since then we want to let you know about three more interesting articles:
  1. Vega G, Vega M, Alajarín LI, et al. (2014) ‘Profile of the patient who refuses to participate in the expert patients program’, Qualitative Health Research, 24(6), pp. 846-859.
  2. Norris, M., Jones, F., Kilbride, C. and Victor, C. (2014) ‘Exploring the experience of facilitating self-management with minority ethnic stroke survivors: a qualitative study of therapists’ perceptions’, Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.904936.
  3. Jones, F. and Brimicombe, L. (2014) ‘Every interaction counts: The ‘Bridges’ approach to stroke self-management’, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21(4), pp. 158-159
Bridges symposium 2014: dissemination of research trial findings
On behalf of the SESAME trial team, we held a stakeholder event for over 100 professionals, patients and carers in London on June 17th 2014. The trial team used 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.  Stroke survivor David Ede joined two therapists from Lewisham community neuro rehabilitation team, one of the research trial sites, to talk about their experience of using the Bridges approach in practice.  Places were in demand and if you were unable to attend you can download the presentations here.

'Early Bridges': adpating the stroke 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.  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 newsletter.  Staff have been working hard to sustain self-management support in practice and you can read about how they are doing this in our latest newsletter.  A formal report is due to be published shortly.

Bridges in press
Practitioners who are using Bridges have been featured in an article in Frontline, the magazine for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

New: Based on Bridges open workshop
For the first time we are holding a ‘Based on Bridges: introduction to supporting self-management in rehabilitation’ open workshop in central London, click here for details.  Based on Bridges takes the principles of supporting self-management to all areas of rehabilitation and is suitable for anyone working in neurological or general rehabilitation, in acute and community settings.

Team workshops
Please contact us in the first instance to discuss the most suitable workshop for your team, for example we can adapt the workshops for areas in rehabilitation other than stroke.  We can also help you to develop a business case for your manager.  Bridges workshops are now available to be commissioned via the NHS CPD Commissioning Portal as well as directly through us, please contact us for more information.

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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