New self-management projects, research update, Bridges in the acute setting. 
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Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin 5 – November 2014
Welcome to the Bridges Self-Management e-bulletin, which keeps you up to date with our latest news and some useful new publications on self-management in stroke and rehabilitation.

New project: Bridges in self-management of long-term conditions
Bridges has just been awarded an Innovation Grant from the Health Education South London and Health Innovation Network to develop the programme for people with other long term neurological conditions.  Partnering with community rehabilitation, enablement teams and voluntary  groups in Lewisham, South London Bridges aims to develop an individualised self-management support package that reflect the needs and diversity of this South London community.  Read more here.
Research update
A summary of new publications on self-management in rehabilitation is included in our latest newsletter but since then we want to let you know about three more interesting articles:
  1. Demain S, Burridge J, Ellis-Hill C et al. (2013) ‘Assistive technologies after stroke: self-management or fending for yourself? A focus group study.’ BMC Health Serv Res, 13, p. 334. Full text available here.
  2. Robinson L, Newton JL, Jones D and Dawson P (2014) ‘Promoting self-management and adherence with strength and balance training for older people with long-term conditions: a mixed methods study.’  J Eval Clin Prac, 20(4), pp. 318-26.  Abstract available here.
  3. Boger EJ, Demain S and Latter S (2013) ‘Self-management: a systematic review of outcome measures adopted in self-management interventions for stroke’.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(17), pp. 1415-28.  Full text available here.
Open access article ‘Starting early: integration of self-management support into an acute stroke service’
This article reports the feasibility of implementing a common approach to self-management support, using the Bridges stroke self-management package, to the multidisciplinary staff of a London hyperacute and acute stroke unit.  Full text article available here.
Project updates
Bridges digital project
Bridges is working with Dr Nada Philip and Isabel De Oliveira Pinhel from Kingston University on a project to explore the potential for our Bridges stroke workbook to be available in a digital format. This project funded by London Fusion, will explore the requirements and needs amongst stroke survivors and healthcare professionals as users of the potential mobile app. Based on the identified requirements a prototype of the app will be created and its acceptability will be evaluated. This project is in response to demand by people who have used our workbook for it to be available in different digital formats.  Read more here.
Bridges in Australia
Work has started on the first stage of a study to explore the feasibility of Bridges stroke self-management programme for Australian stroke survivors. Professor Sheila Lennon form Flinders University is leading on the project and collaborating with Professor Barby Singer at University of Western Australia. Mirroring a similar successful programme of work that took place in New Zealand, Fiona Jones will be delivering the first Bridges workshops later this year. An Australian version of the workbook and training will then be developed and tested.  The first focus groups have been held with stroke survivors to review the current workbook and ask them if anything needed to change if it was used in Australia, the good news is that they thought it didn’t need to change that much! We are looking forward to working with Sheila and Barby over the next year, and thanks to them both for spearheading this exciting new project.
Bridges in traumatic brain injury
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 are 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.   A project update can be viewed here.
Essential reading about self-management and shared decision making
The Health Foundation have published a new report ‘Person centred-care: from ideas to action’ that brings together the evidence in self-management and shared decision-making.  The accompanying learning report ‘Ideas into action: person-centred care in practice’ focuses on the practical issues to consider when implementing shared decision making and self-management support.  Both documents can be downloaded here.
Scottish Stroke Action Plan (2014) recognises supported self-management
The need for multidisciplinary stroke teams to offer a range of supported self-management approaches is highlighted and the full document can be accessed here.
Date change for goal setting in rehabilitation conference
Bridges will be collaborating with colleagues at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to deliver a joint conference to discuss and debate goal setting in rehabilitation.  Consequently the original date of 24th January 2015 is cancelled and has been rescheduled for Friday 24th April 2015.  Please register your interest by emailing us.  We will keep you informed with future plans through these e-bulletins and the Bridges website.
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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