Provide a quick summary of some of the key news items relevant to community therapists.

Welcome to the latest bulletin from the Community Therapists Network. 

Top Ten Articles

As we move toward the final quarter of 2016, we thought it would be helpful to list the top 10 most read CTN news bulletin articles with links through to more details. In case you missed them when they were first reported, you will be able to read the main details they each headline was linked to by clicking on the headline below. They are as follows:
Commissioning guidance for rehabilitation published by NHS England
Measuring the value of rehabilitation - support for commissioners
Transforming Community Neurology - How?
What is good adult rehabilitation?
Community based care model - the way forward for person-centred neurology care
What is the value of rehabilitation and how to quantify this
Overcoming the challenges of outcomes

New patient self-management support guide
New wireless sleeve to help people recover arm use after stroke

Improving speech in Parkinson's patients

Outcome Measurement - is it improving and transforming service delivery?

It is apparent from the list of top 10 most read articles that value of rehabilitation and outcome measure features highly. Clearly, measuring outcomes is a key policy that is regarded as a key step in identifying and commissioning a more cost effective healthcare service. But it requires the development of a culture that values constant improvement and measurement. Is it actually making a difference? If this is a question that interests you, then TOMs CONNECT, a much anticipated one day conference on the 17th November, could help to offer an answer. TOM's CONNECT will showcase the work with one well recognised outcome measure, the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM). It will look at demonstrate with practical examples how it is helping services across the NHS to monitor the impact of their services. Registration for this conference is now open and further details of this event can be found at or by clicking on the link below.

Networking to improve rehabilitation - why bother?

This is a vodcast which identifies why networking is so essential to help you to influence commissioning and the provision and improvement of rehabilitation services. It provides advice and also signposts tools that may be useful to you when developing your networking.

NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service developed this webinar for the Improving Rehabilitation Services Community of Practice and it is produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. To watch the vodcast click here


NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service  - Final Report

From 1 August 2016, NHSCSI was no longer moderating or adding products to the IRSCOP webpage or forum. However, the web-based resources on the IRSCOP webpage remain open to anyone with an interest in improving rehabilitation services. You can access those resources from here.

A final report from NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service, 'Improving Rehabilitation Service Community of Practice: Networking for sustainable improvement in rehabilitation has been published. It describes what has been learned, achieved and produced by the IRSCOP that can be taken forward or built upon. You can access the report from here.


MS and Employment

The result from a recent study with over 100 people with MS, carried in Norway lead the authors to conclude that "Avoidant coping style, female gender, and longer disease duration were associated with shorter time to unemployment". To read more about this work then click here. If you have an interest or work in vocational rehabilitation take a look at the programme for the forthcoming CTN conference, 'Crossing the work/health divide - better engagement with employers'. Details can be found from here or by clicking on the link in the event listing.

MS and ......

The CTN is delighted to announce that members can now access two new e-booklets. MS and Cognitive Function and MS and Fatigue. The files are in 4 different formats, including Kindle and Apple i-book. Tow addition e-booklets will be added in the coming months. To download the file you need, simply login and go to the resources section of the members section. Any new member can also receive a hard copy of the set of 4 booklets. Details of these booklets can be found from the CTN shop,


Mental Fitness and Long-Term Conditions, 22nd Sept, London (a few places still available)
'Mental Fitness' has been defined as "the modifiable capacity to utilise resources and skills to flexibly adapt to challenges or advantages, enabling thriving". The purpose of this new half day workshop is to offer healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about how they can help people to cope with self-managing the long term condition they are living with. To read more about this workshop including the learning outcomes and the expert facilitator, Chris Morgan who was an original member of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) National Training Team click here

Developments in the Management of Hemiplegia, Thursday 22nd September 2016, Birmingham
This conference will be of interest to anyone in the clinical profession who treats children or adults affected by hemiplegia, and including physiotherapists, support workers, occupational therapists and Educational Specialists. This years’ programme includes latest research presented by Professor Dido Green PhD on Neuroplasticity and how it influences outcomes for children with hemiplegia. For attendees following a credit-based approach to CPD, this activity carries up to 5.5 CPD credits. COTs endorsement is also pending. Please note the early bird rate of £99 ends on 22nd July / £129 Standard Rate thereafter / Student Fee £25. To find out more including the full programme click here.

Crossing the Work/Health Divide - Better Engagement with Employers 13th Oct, Birmingham
This one day conference is ideal for any health professional involved in either providing a vocational rehabilitation service or planning to develop a new service that supports the needs of people with long term conditions. Further details and online booking are available from here. Although the early booking discount is no longer available, discounts are available for 2 or more delegate bookings. Please email for further details.


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care Conference - Oncology & Palliative Care in Brain & CNS conditions 24th and 25th Nov, Birmingham
The key objectives of this conference are:
  • to explore the complexities of the Brain and CNS management in relation to cancer and palliative care
  • to provide an opportunity to discuss topical issues and current practice when supporting this disease group 
  • to maximise networking opportunities 
 Full details of the programme and how to book places available can be found at the Association's website.
Therapy Expo, 23rd and 24th November, NEC, Birmingham 
There's only one Therapy Expo and it returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 23-24 November 2016. The world-class education programme boasts over 40 hours of accredited CPD education with four dedicated education streams covering MSK, Neuro Rehabilitation, Sports Injuries & Biomechanics and Acute Care. Therapy Expo promises to be an unmissable event for therapy professionals – experience an unparalleled clinical programme delivered by a wealth of expert speakers and enhance your career through workshops and specialist sessions. Your conference pass will also give you access to the exhibition floor where more than 120 companies will be showcasing ground breaking products and services.

Book your £99 +VAT Early Bird ticket HERE before the price increases on 30th Sept.

For more information visit

Any companies/organisations interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at any of these events should email the event organisers. Contact details are available from the relevant links or just email
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