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. 

"Rehabilitation for Economic Growth"
In our previous bulletin we reported on John Etherington's interview in Frontline where he said "rehabilitation can no longer be an optional extra". If you would like to read the excellent presentation he gave at the conference on "Rehabilitation = Living my life" when he spoke on "Rehabilitation for Economic Growth" please click here. In it he offers some very useful thoughts on establishing an argument for rehabilition services being essential for delivering national economic benefits.

Derby Redesign their Rehabilitation Service
Derby NHS Foundation Trust had a need to perform a whole system redesign of their specialist rehabilitation services to modernise processes and ensure a sustainable service fit for purpose. If you would like to learn more about the redesign process please click here to download a presentation.

Integrated Community Neuro-rehabilitation Service - Service specification
East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network have recently drafted a service specification for an integrated community neuro-rehabilitation service for the provision of a centralised, cross agency, specialist Neuro-Rehabilitation Service for Adults and they would welcome your comments on the specification. To download the service specification please click here. Please email any comments to Yasmin Aktar ( by this Friday, the 19th of June.

Presenting "Neurology in Primary Care" in partnership with the RCGP SE and SW Thames Valley Faculties 
This is a one day seminar which is taking place on the 2nd of July at the Gatwick Holiday Inn, which is being run by the Primary Care Neurology Society in partnership with the RCGP SE and SW Thames Faculties. Speakers include GPwSI and new P-CNS chair Dr Nassif Mansour, Consultant Neurologists Drs Neil Munro and Waqar Rashid. To find out more about the programme which includes "Neuro-rehabilitation: the key ingredients for success" and to book your place (£120 for non members of RCGP) click here
Neurodigest - look out for your copy in June
Our annual issue of Neurodigest is soon to be published, we're just making the finishing touches to the next issue, which is to include an article on 'Developing a Headache Service' lead by Dr Keith Redhead as well and a feature by Prof Pam Enderby who looks at how community rehabilitation has change over the years along with the advances that have been made. Once published, if you don't receive a hard copy in the post, you will be able to download a copy from our website as well as the ACNR website.

Commissioning Excellence directorate launched in response to the NHS’s need to address increasing patient demand in neurology.
NHiS, a leading health and social care data information intermediary, announces the official launch of a new directorate set-up to provide commissioning support services for neurology and associated long-term conditions. The directorate will be led by Chief Executive, Sue Thomas, and lead Commissioning Advisor, Deborah Matthews. Sue and Deborah are supported by NHiS’s extensive team of clinical advisors, data scientists, researchers and technical support. To read more about the launch of the Commissioning Excellence directorate click here

Encephalitis Society launches new neuropsychology support service
The Encephalitis Society Neuropsychology Service is now providing support to people with Encephalitis and their carers throughout the UK. We help people access NHS services, or provide support more directly when gaining access to these is difficult, such as when waiting times exceed four months. We accept self-referrals, referrals from carers and from all Health and Social Care Professionals. For further information call 01653 699599, or click here

Help with neurological palliative care survey requested
Neurological Palliative Care Network for Herts, Essex and NE London is planning to address the educational needs of the whole range of professionals working with people with progressive neurological diseases as they face the end of their lives. To help them achieve this aim they have asked for some assistance with completing their survey. If you feel able to help please click here
Clinical News
Vitamin B combined with Omega-3 show a beneficial effect on brain atrophy
A recent study published in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests that the beneficial effect of ω-3 fatty acids on brain atrophy may be confined to subjects with good B vitamin status. The paper went on to state "The results highlight the importance of identifying subgroups likely to benefit in clinical trials."  To read more about this study click here.

Multivitamin Use and Risk of Stroke Mortality
Frequent use of multivitamin has been found to be associated with reduced risk of total and ischemic stroke mortality among Japanese people with lower intake of fruits and vegetables. However, the data that risk of death from total stroke was "borderline significant" (HR, 0.87; 95% confidence interval, 0.76-1.01) as well as  primarily ischemic stroke (HR, 0.80; 95% confidence interval, 0.63–1.01), but not hemorrhagic stroke  To read more about this study click here. A second study found that high intakes of magnesium and potassium but not calcium were significantly associated with reduced risk of stroke in women. You can read about that study here.
Depression in later life increases the risk of dementia
This is the conclusion from a study in primary care practices in the Netherlands and published in Journal of American Geriatrics Society. The study explains that the effect is particularly high in individuals with depression and vascular disorders. For further details click here

P-CNS & RCGP Primary Care Neurology Study Day, Thurs 2nd July, Holiday Inn, Gatwick Airport 
Talks will include 'Neurology Red Flags in General Practice' with consultant Dr Waqar Rashid and 'Neurorehabilitation - key ingredients for success' with consultant Dr Lal Landham. For further details and to book at only £120 click here.
Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) Train the Trainer, Wed 8th July, Concept Conference Centre, Birmingham 
This special half day workshop is designed for those professionals, who have already been on a full one day TOM training day, wishing to gain the required skills and knowledge that enables them to become skilled TOMs trainers in order to run TOM workshops across their service. Delegate fee is £245. For more details on what delegates gain by attending the course and to book click here.
How to develop a True 7 Day Stroke Rehab Service, Wed 16 Sept, Maple House, Birmingham 
This seminar is your opportunity to address the staffing, resource, funding, patient and outcomes challenges associated with delivering a comprehensive 7 day service. Don’t get left behind, attend this event and ensure you are at the forefront of delivering your stroke rehab service across 7 days. Get £85 of the full price by quoting the code P-CNS85. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. For further details and to book click here.
Stroke Rehabilitation Service Delivery, Thur 17 Sept, Maple House, Birmingham 
A unique event designed to provide practical solutions to key stroke rehab challenges. Share insights from leading trusts with staffing, discharge and community delivery case studies in order to progress your service delivery. Get £85 of the full price by quoting the code P-CNS85. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. For further details and to book click here.

How to use the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM), Tues 22nd Sept, Royal College of SLT, London
This one day workshop with Professor Pam Enderby will take you through how to use the TOM. Using case studies you will have an opportunity to test your knowledge and delegates will be able to talk through any queries with Prof Enderby. Places available at only £145 for CTN and RCSLT members or £175 for non members. For further details and to book click here.

UKABIF 7th Annual Conference, 11th November, RCGP Headquarters, London 
Speakers for this year's conference are from the medical and legal world and will present on topics ranging from the future of specialised commissioning, the clinical tools required for neurobehavioural rehabilitation and the issues surrounding acquired brain injury and offending behaviour. More details about the programme and how to register for the conference can be found on the UKABIF website:  

THERAPY EXPO 2015, 25th and 26th November, NEC, Birmingham 
Therapy Expo 2015 is set to welcome thousands of therapy professionals – from both NHS and private practice from all over the country, covering a wide range of specialist areas, to educate, inspire, and have fun. To register simply click here and complete the online registration form using the CTN discount code PC1 when prompted for payment, which will ensure you only pay £79. 
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