Michelle Price - Consultant Therapist - UKSF
As a Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurorehabilitation, the UK Stroke Forum Conference is the flagship event of the year for any physiotherapist. It offers me unrivalled opportunities to hear the latest in stroke research, hear from a wide range of inspiring and world-class speakers with a choice of over 50 sessions, each focussed on a different aspect of stroke care.
For three years, I sat on the UK Stroke Forum Scientific Programme Committee as the ACPIN representative. The committee is formed of over 25 organisations and has the mammoth task of planning the scientific programme ensuring the latest research and service developments are presented each year. Last year I handed that mantle over, and I have to say it was lovely to attend the Forum without any responsibility for the content!
My role requires me to wear several hats which cover all aspects of the stroke journey, from prevention to long-term support. Every year I have attended the conference I have learnt something that challenges my clinical practice, either at a level of treating individual patients or a different way of delivering or evaluating a service. This comes from the main conference content, the rehabilitation training workshops, posters presentations as well from physio specific presentations and the wider aspects of rehabilitation such as visual and cognitive problems.
It’s also reassuring that as a service we have already implemented some of the ideas that are being presented, particularly as I work in a small rural health setting.
This year I’m looking forward to the opening plenary: ‘Stroke service reconfiguration: the challenges, the outcomes and the future?’ which will offer a real insight into the future of stroke services. There really is such a wide range of sessions which I have already scheduled into the diary including: upper limb rehabilitation, gait, mobility, self-efficacy and self-management sessions - the problem will be fitting everything in!
It’s an incredible conference and hugely beneficial having professionals who work together in a multidisciplinary way; being educated together. I always come away from the conference feeling engaged, challenged and not to forget mentally exhausted!
Consultant Therapist for Stroke and Neurorehabilitation (MCSP)
Powys Teaching Health Board